Ivy Tech Community College recognized for its commitment to diversity

INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Community College has been recognized for its commitment to diversity from several groups, including the NAACP, Indiana Minority Business Magazine and the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office.

Most recently, Ivy Tech’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion earned the Diversity Award for Leadership at the 14th Annual City of Indianapolis Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards Luncheon held January 26 in downtown Indianapolis. The Leadership Award is granted to organizations that address, support and encourage diversity. It is also granted to organizations with a diverse group of top management professionals and those with a commitment to diverse vendors and suppliers, including minority-owned business enterprises, women-owned business enterprises and veteran-owned business enterprises. The Award also recognizes innovative initiatives and partnerships regarding diversity.

Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder was also selected as a 2015 Champion of Diversity by the Indiana Minority Business Magazine. The award is given to individuals who have exhibited the true meaning of diversity with their respective field, or have broken racial or gender barriers.

Snyder was also granted an Outstanding Achievement Award by The Greater Indianapolis Branch NAACP 3053. The award was presented at the organization’s 45th Annual Freedom Fund banquet held in October at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. This year’s theme was “All in for Justice and Equality.”

In addition, Ivy Tech was the recipient of three awards at the NAACP State Convention held this Fall in Bloomington. The Corporate/Partnership Award was presented to President Snyder. This award is given to a company, corporation, institution or organization that supports the NAACP through a number of activities including participation in NAACP initiatives and programs, support of the Indiana State Conference (ISC), collaboration with NAACP locally and statewide and donation of resources and participation in NAACP functions.

Doris McDougal, an academic advisor at Ivy Tech’s Central Indiana region, received the WIN Lifetime Achievement Award (Women in NAACP) for her years of service with the organization.

Deb Vance, Executive Director for Diversity and Outreach at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus, received the Achievement Award. The award is presented to an individual that has shown unusual success in achievements or services benefiting the State Conference.

Ivy Tech has the greatest higher education impact on the African-American population of Indiana with more than half of African-Americans enrolled in college in Indiana attending Ivy Tech. The college has a minority student enrollment of over 25,000 students.

The college is committed to fostering diversity and hired the college’s first Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and commissioned a study that resulted in a proposal to create a statewide diversity program. The college has also partnered with Historically Black Colleges and Universities in order to hire full-time faculty members, as well as increased the number of African-Americans on the Ivy Tech Foundation Board of Directors.

The college has also increased the level of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) purchases by 93 percent since 2007. To drive continued success, the college has recently created a Supplier Diversity Playbook which requires the identification and solicitation of at least 2 MBE’s and 2 WBE’s when seeking proposals, quotes or bids above $25,000.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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