Press Release

Bunker Hill Community College Student Government President Wins Major Award

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Henry Nelson, President of the Bunker Hill Community College Student Government Association, has won the prestigious Dean Sullivan Award from the Community College Student Life Association, a statewide group representing the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges. The award recognizes a student with outstanding achievements as a volunteer leader.

This is the third time a BHCC student has won this award, which is named for Richard Sullivan, a retired Cape Cod Community College dean known for his exuberant support of students. 

A native of Haiti now living in Somerville, Massachusetts, Nelson was elected president of the Student Government Association in the spring of 2009.  Nelson has also been president of the BHCC Haitian Club, a cultural ambassador and a student mentor.  He is studying medical radiography and plans to continue his healthcare career in the Boston area.

Paul Moda, BHCC Student Activities Coordinator, said that Nelson has played an important leadership role at Bunker Hill Community College.  “Henry’s power and effectiveness as a leader come not from separate, discrete achievements but rather from the big-picture, global impact of all he does,” Moda said.  “Henry can be honored for the energy and charisma he has brought to the entire College.  His accomplishments represent lessons for students and staff members alike.” 

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About Bunker Hill Community College
With more than 50 years of academic excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. The College offers associate degrees and certificates, early college and dual enrollment, community education, corporate training, and industry-specific training programs. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).