San Diego Mesa College to Recieve National Award for Commitment to Diversity

San Diego Mesa College is being honored nationally as an institution committed to diversity. The formal award will be bestowed at the Minority Access Ninth National Role Model Conference at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, September 26-29, 2008.

President Rita M. Cepeda, Ed.D., will be present to accept the award, and will participate in sessions discussing policies and diversity efforts at the college and university level.

According to Minority Access, Mesa College 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.

“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.  “San Diego Mesa College is among this distinguished group of institutions Minority Access has identified as being committed to diversity.”

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.

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.


For more information about the Ninth National Role Models Conference and recognition of colleges and universities committed to diversity, call Minority Access at (301) 779-7100 or visit