Loyola receives Role Model Award from Minority Access, Inc.
Loyola press release - October 13, 2008
Loyola University New Orleans was recently recognized as one committed to diversity by Minority Access, Inc. during its ninth National Role Model Conference in Arlington, Va. Sept. 26 – 29.
The university received the Minority Access Role Model Award because of its programs and activities that enhance and promote an environment of inclusion on its campus. For the past two years, approximately 36 percent of Loyola’s freshman class has been comprised of minority students. In addition, about 30 percent of incoming freshman this year are first-generation students.
Loyola offers extensive services to motivate and enable first-generation students and students of color. These services focus on helping improve the chances that, once enrolled, students will succeed in college.
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. 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.
Minority Access is located in Hyattsville, Maryland, in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Additional information on Minority Access is available at www.minorityaccess.org.