Press Release

Bunker Hill Community College Honors Beverly A. Morgan-Welch

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Executive Director of the Museum of African American History Beverly A. Morgan-Welch is this year’s recipient of the President’s Distinguished Service Award from Bunker Hill Community College. The award recognizes extraordinary commitment and service to the College. It is the highest honor the College bestows on a civic leader.

Beverly Morgan-Welch and Pam Eddinger“The Museum of African American History houses the artifacts as well as the spirit and ideals that fuel democracy and the American dream,” said BHCC President Pam Y. Eddinger in making the award at the College’s 2014 Commencement exercises. “It was our students’ good fortune that Beverly Morgan-Welch’s clear vision extended to the world of higher education.”

The Museum and the College have developed a dynamic reciprocal partnership that has provided BHCC students with community-based, culturally relevant learning experiences that deepen scholarship and foster success. The College’s Learning Communities incorporate Museum exhibits and resources as well as visits to the Black Heritage Trail® to help students understand the history of Boston’s vibrant African American community and the struggle to realize full equality.

The Museum has collaborated with BHCC faculty members to design culturally responsive curricula for 2,750 students. Morgan-Welch has co-presented with BHCC faculty and staff on infusing local history and culture into the curriculum and on embedding culturally responsive pedagogy into learning communities.

Under Beverly Morgan-Welch’s leadership, the Museum, with locations in Boston and Nantucket, represents a crucial cultural resource for Boston and a vital part of the nation’s history. In addition to her work with the Museum, Morgan-Welch has worked in nonprofit management and corporate philanthropy for three decades. She is a graduate of Smith College and a recipient of the Smith College Medal.

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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).