CSULB has been designated one of the nation’s leading colleges and universities committed to diversity by Minority Access, Inc., a non-profit organization that conducts the National Role Models Projects in cooperation with the Office of Minority Health and the National Institutes of Health.
The university was honored at a special diversity luncheon in September during Minority Access’ seventh annual National Role Models Conference, which was held in Las Vegas. Doug Robinson, vice president for student services at CSULB was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the university.
“By receiving this award as one of the nation’s top universities committed to diversity, Cal State Long Beach has, once again, been recognized in the national arena for its outstanding commitment and service to the public in the western region of the country,” Robinson said. “It is an honor for CSULB to receive the 2006 University Committed to Diversity designation from Minority Access, Inc.”
The Role Model Initiative is a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Minority Access, Inc. to identify institutional and individual role models producing or supporting minority researchers, particularly in the biomedical sciences. The rationale is that highlighting these role models would, through emulation, increase the number of researchers focused on closing the health disparity gap between minorities and the general population.
“This year, we are honoring, for the first time, a group of institutions that have expressed their commitment to diversity,” said Andrea D. Mickle, president of Minority Access, Inc. “Our overall rationale remains the same: to encourage others to emulate and thereby increase the pool of talent from diverse constituencies. Indeed, we shall stand ready to assist others in implementing exemplary, legally invulnerable programs. First, however, we honor institutions such as Cal State Long Beach committed to diversity.”