UNH To Receive Diversity Award
September 12, 2007
UNH has been named a 2007 recipient of a Diversity Award from Minority
Access, Inc. Wanda Mitchell, vice provost and chief diversity officer,
will accept the award at the Eighth National Role Models Conference, Sept.13-16,
at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.
The university is being recognized as a degree-granting institution that
has committed itself successfully to recruit, retain and advance students
and personnel from a diverse pool, according to Minority Access.
“Given U.S. Census projections of demographic trends, any higher
educational institution dependent on the general population to sustain
enrollment and relevant staff or committed to strengthening the nation
must diversify,” according to Andrea D. Mickle, President of Minority
Access. “UNH is among this distinguished group of institutions Minority
Access has identified as being committed to diversity.”
Created out of a partnership between Minority Access, Inc. and the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, and supported by the National
Institutes of Health, the annual Role Models Conference is an opportunity
to focus the national spotlight on institutions and individuals who have
excelled in producing and supporting minority researchers, particularly
in the biomedical sciences and health related fields, and their research
efforts. The Conference, with the participation of representatives from
the National Science Foundation, has expanded it focus to highlight diversity
efforts in general.
The National Role Models Conference unites representatives from major
research universities, community colleges, Hispanic serving institutions,
historically black colleges and universities, and tribal colleges to address
the health disparities and diversity issues. Representatives of trendsetters
in the educational, corporate and private sectors will also discuss diversity
issues. A distinguished economist will discuss the theory of diversity.
Legal experts will discuss diversity law. A compilation of model institutional
diversity master plans will be distributed.
Minority Access, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization that supports
individuals, academic institutions, federal, state, and local government
agencies, and various corporations to diversify campuses and work sites
by improving the recruitment, retention and enhancement of minorities.
For more information about the Eighth National Role Models Conference
and recognition of colleges and universities committed to diversity, call
Minority Access at (301) 779-7100 or visit www.minorityaccess.org.