"While we are very proud of our efforts in promoting and supporting diversity, and glad to receive this recognition, we also know that there is much more that we can do to ensure that the Humphrey School is a welcoming and inclusive environment for all."
— Dean Eric Schwartz
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs has been chosen to receive the inaugural Diversity Award given by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the 275-member organization that promotes excellence in education and training for public service. The newly created award recognizes the public affairs or public policy program that "exemplifies the highest standards of promoting and supporting diversity in research, teaching, and/or service." The School received the award at NASPAA's annual conference in Kansas City the week of October 17.
"Given the legacy of Hubert H. Humphrey's commitment to social justice, including his battle against racial discrimination,it is particularly gratifying for our School to win the very first award given by NASPAA for the promotion and celebration of diversity," says Humphrey School dean Eric Schwartz.
The School's nomination packet included letters of support from Provost E. Thomas Sullivan; Carol Chomsky, a professor at the University's law school; Susan Gooden, a professor from Virginia Commonwealth University; U.S. Representative Keith Ellison; and former student Anita Patel.
"While we are very proud of our efforts in promoting and supporting diversity, and glad to receive this recognition, we also know that there is much more that we can do to ensure that the Humphrey School is a welcoming and inclusive environment for all," Schwartz says. "In short, we should view this award not only as a recognition of the School's efforts to address this critical issue, but also as a reminder of our deep obligation to do much more. I look forward to continuing this work to promote social justice in our school and in the broader community."