San Diego Mesa College Honored at National Role Models Conference

Minority Access, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization of national prominence, honored prestigious colleges and universities at its Ninth National Role Models Conference in Arlington, Virginia, September 26-29, 2008.  As a deliverable of its agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Minority Access identifies, honors and publicizes institutions committed to graduating minority biomedical researchers as Role Model Institutions.  Three years ago, Minority Access expanded its recognition of institutions to include colleges and universities committed to diversity.  The National Role Models Conference serves as the venue in which Minority Access honors and publicizes institutions and individuals worthy of emulation.

Among the institutions recognized at the Ninth National Role Models Conference were colleges and universities committed to diversity in 2008.   On Saturday, September 27 at an elegant dinner moderated by Dr. Kay Clayton, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas Woman’s College, thirty-nine diverse colleges and universities were recognized for their commitment to diversity.  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.  Following their presentations, Andrea D. Mickle, President of Minority Access, Inc., presented individually special framed citations to representatives of the institutions.   In addition, a copy of the 147-page publication by Minority Access describing diversity plans of the institutions was distributed to each guest.  

“It is fitting for Minority Access to recognize and publicize the advances colleges and universities are making toward diversifying their campuses, especially their student population.  Since our incorporation in 1995, Minority Access’ mission has been to assist colleges and universities, Federal agencies and corporations to diversify their campuses and worksites,” stated Andrea Mickle.  “Furthermore, she stated, we are pleased that our research on data supplied by the Office of Educational Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education has resulted in Minority Access’ recognizing colleges and universities that genuinely seem to appreciate the value of diversity in creating a well-rounded educational experience.” 

Colleges and universities cited by Minority Access for their commitment to diversity in 2008 gave approval to be recognized after being notified of their nomination.

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