Colorado State University’s commitment to a diverse campus has been acknowledged with a national award by Minority Access, Inc. The formal award ceremony will be held during the 10th annual National Role Model Conference in Washington, D.C., Sep. 11 – 13.
“This award is not being given to one particular person, program or project; CSU as a whole is being recognized and honored by Minority Access, Inc. as a role model institution for diversity,” said Roselyn Cutler, interim director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at Colorado State University. “This speaks to our shared commitment and the values we try to live by everyday in our offices, labs, performance halls, athletic facilities and classrooms.”
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 organization focuses heavily on maintaining a minority presence in the biomedical science and health related academic and research fields.
The National Role Model Conference is an annual event held to unite individuals from varying backgrounds including research universities, historically black universities and tribal colleges. Representatives at the conference gather to discuss current minority issues. This year’s conference, “Hope for a Healthy, Diverse and Just Environment,” will focus on the excessive and inconsistent presence of certain illnesses in minority groups and the need for minorities to be present in the biomedical and health related fields to curb this health discrepancy.
Minority Access, Inc. will honor students, faculty, recruiters, researchers and institutions from around the country that promote diversity in their work environments during this three day event.
Colorado State University was founded as a land-grant institution in 1870 and is committed to promoting a diverse academic environment that reflects the multiplicity of society. CSU offers a variety of classes, organizations and campus-wide events that promote minority-majority relations. This dedication to achieving a diverse educational setting prompted the prestigious recognition by Minority Access, Inc.
Cutler will attend the conference and accept the National Role Model award on behalf of Colorado State University on Sept. 13 at The Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.