GRU to receive diversity award

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Georgia Regents University has been selected to receive the 2014 Award for Diversity and Inclusion by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association. The award will be presented at the NCAA Convention Association Luncheon on Jan. 16 in San Diego, Calif.

"I am both honored and exhilarated by this recognition," said Kent Guion, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at GRU. "Our office strives for excellence, creativity, and inclusiveness in all of our activities and this prestigious award certainly challenges us to raise the bar even higher."

According to NCAA and MOAA officials, GRU's office of diversity and Inclusion was selected for this award as a result of the university's initiatives, community service, and professional development opportunities that foster diversity and inclusion within the intercollegiate athletic community.

The university's diversity and inclusion activities have included an annual summit to foster diversity through community dialogue, partnerships, and a shared framework; the sponsorship and promotion of monthly cultural events across campus; and the presentation of diversity and inclusion information to student athletes and the coaching staff.

The office was also commended on its facilitation of Healthy Perspectives program, a nationally recognized a cultural competency training program. The university had more than 9,000 faculty and staff complete the training.

"I am grateful for the NCAA and the MOAA for promoting diversity and inclusion as a key priority and equally as thankful for the all the supporters and champions at GRU who have contributed to our success," said Clint Bryant, Director of Athletics at GRU.

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