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University of Phoenix Tradition of Diversity and Inclusion Recognized by National and Local Organizations

By University of Phoenix

PHOENIX, Nov. 16, 2017 – University of Phoenix has long been dedicated to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for its students, employees and faculty. Today, the University is honored to announce two recent recognitions reflecting that continued dedication, a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign 2018 Corporate Equality Index for LGBTQ workplace inclusion and the Diversity Leadership Alliance Inclusive Leader Award recognizing Dr. Angie Williams, dean of multicultural affairs and diversity.

“At University of Phoenix, we know that changing lives through higher education starts with creating a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere for all. Our work is made stronger by ensuring that a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives are represented within our community,” said Peter Cohen, president of University of Phoenix. “We will always stand up for these values, and they will remain at the core of our commitment to providing underserved populations with access to higher education.”

“We are proud to recognize and embrace the diversity of our students, employees and faculty, and we believe we have a duty to maintain and promote this environment,” said Dr. Williams. “We strive to develop and implement services, programs, initiatives and community engagement that promote inclusive and cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of diversity. Every day we work to ensure that we remain a diverse institution of higher education preparing working adults for a global society.”

University of Phoenix has an extensive history of making diversity central to its operations through partnerships with nonprofit organizations within the Native American, Hispanic, African-American, and LGBT communities. The institution also maintains relationships with leading minority professional organizations to ensure that industries across America have access to a diverse talent pool. These partnerships range from the Association for Latino Professionals For America to the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA).

Additionally, several University leaders are active participants on boards for organizations that reach diverse communities, such as the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Hispanic Nurses Association and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

The University’s 2017 recognitions include:

  • Angie Williams, Ed.D., dean of multicultural affairs and diversity, awarded the Diversity Leadership Alliance Inclusive Leader Award
  • Dennis Bonilla, M.B.A., executive dean of the School of Business, College of Information Systems & Technology and the College of Security & Criminal Justice, received the INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award
  • Gregg Falcon, M.B.A., Dallas campus director, awarded the Texas Diversity Council DiversityFIRST™ Leadership Award
  • Minority Access Inc., for the past three years, recognized University of Phoenix with its Colleges and Universities Committed to Diversity Award
  • 100 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign 2018 Corporate Equality Index

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