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Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Honorable Mention Received – NCAA/MOAA 2021 Award for Diversity and Inclusion

The National Collegiate Athletic Associate (NCAA) and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) presented Tiffin University with Honorable Mention honors for the 2021 Award for Diversity and Inclusion.

The NCAA/MOAA Award for Diversity and Inclusion recognizes the initiatives, policies and practices of schools and offices that embrace diversity and inclusion in intercollegiate athletics. This can be achieved through community service, professional development, hiring practices or programming activities that enhance opportunities for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences.  Derrick Gragg, Senior Vice President of Inclusion, Education and Community Engagement for NCAA stated in a letter to TU, “The Committee was impressed by your intentional efforts to foster an inclusive campus environment for student-athletes, coaches and administrators.” 

Lonny Allen, Vice President for Athletics at Tiffin University, stated, “Receiving this award is an excellent example of our hard work and dedication to making our campus culture inviting for all.”

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NCAA/MOAA Award for Diversity and Inclusion Presentation

Streamed live on January 14, 2021

Tiffin University’s Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) video for award consideration

Minority Access Inc. 

On September 29, 2017, TU’s Provost, Dr. Peter Holbrook, with colleagues Dr. Kristina Collins and Dr. Julia Porter received the Minority Access Award on behalf of Tiffin University at the National Role Models Conference. This is one of the most prestigious conferences of its kind, addressing issues of diversity and disparities in our nation. 

(Pictured from left: Dr. Kristina Collins, Dr. Peter Holbrook and Dr. Julia Porter.)

Minority Access is committed to increasing diversity, and its mission is to assist colleges and universities to recruit, enhance, and retain underserved and underrepresented populations. “Minority Access is pleased to bestow this special honor on TU in recognition of its current commitment to diversity,” said Mason Monroe, director of Minority Access. “We congratulate Tiffin University.”

Tiffin University received this award in recognition for their work on campus with the initiative, Celebrating CulTUral Uniqueness, which was implemented in 2016 by Tiffin University’s President, Dr. Lillian Schumacher. 

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Tiffin University received this award from Minority Access again in 2018.

“It’s one thing for an institution to say it is committed to diversity, inclusion and cultural competence through vision statements and strategic plans. It’s completely different when they live it out through demonstrated leadership commitment and strategic efforts to address it at every facet of the campus community. This is what Tiffin University has done. The Cultural Intelligence Center is excited to partner with TU as it continues on its journey to ensure that graduates, faculty, and staff, regardless of their area of specialty are: innovative problem solvers who can leverage diversity of any type to work effectively with people who are different from them and produce innovative ideas. We see cultural intelligence (CQ) as the solution to accomplishing this exciting and monumental task. Tiffin is committing the time and resources – from requiring students to complete the only academically validated CQ Assessment to training and developing the CQ of staff and faculty – necessary to create a culturally intelligent campus community and prepare students for the global and multicultural environment.”

— Dr. Sandra Upton / Vice President, Educational Initiatives Cultural Intelligence Center

“I had a wonderful experience working with the Tiffin leadership team around diversity, inclusion, and belonging. We explored some big ideas, unpacked our varied perspectives about them, and worked to create shared vocabulary and values to move forward together. And, we got to invite the student body into this learning through a massive student gathering during which we talked about creating a campus culture that not only tolerates but celebrates every student and staff member. The energy was fantastic, and the students engaged. I can’t wait to come back for more!”

— Daniel Juday / Speaker & Convener, Owner
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