UVU receives distinction as ‘Institution Committed to Diversity’
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Utah Valley University has received the distinction as an “Institution Committed to Diversity” by Minority Access, Inc. Less than 120 universities in the U.S. have received this distinction, which is given to universities that are enriching the lives of their students and concomitantly contributing to the strength of the nation, along with emphasizing that diversity is indispensable to providing a good education to anyone who expects to live and work in the United States — or any other place with a diverse population.
“Inclusion is one of our four core themes, so receiving the distinction is certainly recognition that we are achieving what we’ve set out to do,” said UVU President Matthew S. Holland. “We are committed to providing educational opportunities for individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. I applaud all those who are successfully transforming our commitment to diversity into real-life experiences for our students.”
The University will officially receive the distinction during Minority Access, Inc.’s 16th National Role Models Conference held Sept. 25–27 in Baltimore, Md. The National Role Models Conference is one of the most prestigious conferences of its kind and addresses national issues of diversity and disparities.
Kyle Reyes, special assistant to the president of inclusion and diversity, also noted the significance of this recognition. “We are honored to receive this institutional award that recognizes UVU’s campus-wide commitment to issues of inclusion and diversity,” he said. “It is important to note, however, that while we received the distinction this year, UVU has been working on these vital issues for many years. When President Holland arrived in 2009, he introduced Inclusive as one of our core themes. Since then, we have ramped up our resources, personnel and overall efforts dedicated to improving access, opportunity and inclusion at UVU.”
Minority Access is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity, decreasing disparities and reducing incidences of environmental injustices. The organization’s mission is to assist colleges and universities, the federal government and agencies of other governments and corporations of all kinds in implementing programs and providing services to recruit, enhance and retain underserved and underrepresented populations.