For immediate release — Nov. 11, 2008(DALLAS) — For the second consecutive year, members of the Dallas County Community College District’s board of trustees have been honored for their collective efforts to promote and support diversity. The Association of Community College Trustees has named the DCCCD board of trustees as recipient of the 2008 Charles Kennedy Equity Award. Board members and Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr., DCCCD’s chancellor, accepted the award during ACCT’s annual Community College Leadership Conference in New York City last week.
Earlier this fall, DCCCD’s trustees received the organization’s Western Region Equity Award and then competed with four other ACCT regional winners for the 2008 Charles Kennedy Equity Award.
“We are honored to receive ACCT’s top equity award, on behalf of the Dallas County Community College District,” said Jerry Prater, chair of DCCCD’s board of trustees. “This honor represents the spirit in which we are moving forward — inclusion and diversity — which is the most important goal. Our journey has been rewarding, but our efforts will continue so that we can strive for equity throughout the district.”
Prater added, “The district’s efforts in the areas of equity and diversity are integral to the goals and policies of the DCCCD board of trustees. Those goals and policies are the guidelines by which the district operates, conducts business, seeks to recruit students and works within the variety of diverse communities that comprise Dallas County.”
Dr. Wright Lassiter, DCCCD’s chancellor, nominated the trustees for the award. He said, “It was my pleasure to nominate our board of trustees for this award based on the governing board's commitment to equity and diversity by establishing goals for DCCCD.”
Lassiter added, “It pleases me that our college presidents and senior executives are equally committed to equity and diversity as reflected in a broad array of programs and services. To be the recipient of the Western Regional Award for two successive years is a rare honor and speaks to efforts on the part of the Dallas County Community College District’s board and colleges to place a high priority on this critical subject area.”
ACCT’s Equity Award is based on the following criteria:
Among DCCCD’s significant achievements related to equity, based on policies approved by members of its board of trustees, that were cited include:
For more information, contact Ann Hatch in the DCCCD Office of Public and Governmental Affairs at (214) 860-2478.
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