Diversity Advocate Minority Access, Inc., names Mesa College One of “Nation’s Leading Colleges and Universities Committed to Diversity”

San Diego, Calif. – Minority Access, Inc., a private, nonprofit organization that promotes diversity in education, government and business, has named San Diego Mesa College one of the “Nation’s Leading Colleges and Universities Committed to Diversity.”

 With a mission to “honor and publicize inspirational role models,” Minority Access expressed its desire that the designation bestowed on Mesa  College and 38 other colleges and universities “encourage others to emulate, and thereby increase the pool of talent from diverse constituencies.”

The awards were presented on Saturday, September 27 in Arlington, Virginia.

Dr. Rita Cepeda, President of San Diego Mesa College; Dr. John Matlock, Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives at the University of Michigan; and Dr. Max Stewart, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Vice Provost at The Ohio State University, delivered presentations highlighting the success of diversity on their respective campus. In addition, a copy of the 147-page publication by Minority Access describing diversity plans of honoree institutions was distributed to each guest.  

 BCC was one of only five community colleges among the honorees. The others were Maricopa Community College (Ariz.), Brevard Community College (Fla.), Bristol Community College (Mass.) and the Houston Community College System.


The awards were presented at Minority Access’ “National Role Models Conference” on Sept. 18 in Las Vegas.