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Oct. 29, 2004


UW-River Falls Receives National Diversity Award

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has received the 2004 Golden Award from the National Association of College Auxiliary Services, recognizing its diversity achievements.

UW-River Falls Interim Chancellor Virgil Nylander accepted the award on behalf of the University at the 36th Annual NACAS Conference held Oct. 24-27 in Orlando, Florida.

Receiving the award is a great honor for UW-RF, said Nylander. "I know many other colleges and universities work daily to expand opportunities for students and staff," said Nylander. "But I confess that I'm extremely pleased to have our work at River Falls noted, and I commend the faculty, staff, and students on our campus, whose dedication and hard work are the reason for the award."

Nylander continued, "We've all heard the phrase, 'It takes a village'—that's true of UW-River Falls. It takes people and departments across campus to begin creating a culture of respect and active appreciation for differences among individuals. And it takes people and organizations—organizations like NACAS—across our country to create and support such a national culture."

UW-River Falls is honored with this award as a result of specific programs like its St. Paul Vincent High School Research Collaboration project, TRIO Upward Bound, McNair Scholars Program, multicultural pre-college programs, ethnic studies collection development, and campus diversity training initiatives, among others.

The Golden Award was established in 1992 in honor of Edwin R. "Bob" Golden for his foresight in acknowledging the need for attention to issues of cultural diversity in the NACAS.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding campus leadership, activities and/or programs promoting cultural awareness and inclusion. Any current individual member, institution or business partner in good standing is eligible to receive the award.

The award recognizes exemplary and outstanding service to cultural awareness in the profession of college auxiliary management and the promotion of inclusion in an on-going fashion, through leadership in the areas of cultural diversity and equality.

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