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President's Diversity Advisory Council Earns Prestigious HEED Award

The 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, was presented Oct. 17 to the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in recognition of the work of the President's Diversity Advisory Council (DAC).

"Building a highly talented and diverse pipeline of applicants for all of our schools is a shared commitment at our University," said José Bahamonde-González, JD (pictured), associate dean for administrative affairs and compliance at the Francis King Carey School of Law and chair of the DAC at UMB.

The DAC developed the idea of a universitywide open house for potential students. More than 1,000 people registered for, and over 700 attended, the April 13 event, which was coordinated by Michele Hayes, JD, LLM, director of admissions and student recruiting at the law school.

"The University open house was a huge success," said Bahamonde-González. "Not only were we able to attract a large number of talented, diverse, and interested future applicants for all of our schools and academic programs, but as a team we succeeded in presenting and promoting the University as one University with seven schools, with diversity as one of its core values."

The open house is just one way the DAC has been carrying out its mission of promoting diversity since University President Jay A. Perman, MD, created the council in 2011. Diversity is among the seven core values of the University's 2011-2016 strategic plan, which says in part, "The University is committed to a culture that is enriched by diversity, in the broadest sense, in its thoughts, actions, and leadership."

In addition to Bahamonde-González, the other DAC members are: Claudia Baquet, MD, MPH, School of Medicine; Llewelyn Cornelius, PhD, School of Social Work; Crystal Edwards, JD, MA, Carey School of Law; Vanessa Fahie, PhD, RN, School of Nursing; Sheila Greenwood, Human Resources; Marlene King, School of Medicine; Patricia Meehan, DDS, School of Dentistry; Jill Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, School of Pharmacy; Marjorie Powell, JD, Human Resources; Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, FAPhA, School of Pharmacy; Elsie Stines, MS, CPNP, Office of the President; Maurice Walker, School of Medicine; and Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MPA, Chief Accountability Officer, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Vice Dean of the Graduate School.

By selecting the UMB to receive a HEED award, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recognized the University's exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on our campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community.

INSIGHT Into Diversity is known for its annual HEED award, the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across campuses.

As a recipient of the HEED Award, the University will be featured along with 55 other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine's November 2013 issue.
Posting Date: 11/14/2013
Contact Name: Jill Yesko
Contact Phone: 410-706-3803
Contact Email: jyesko@umaryland.edu