Published September 5, 2018
UB has been named the recipient of the Mid-American Conference’s (MAC) inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Institutional Award in recognition of the university’s achievements in developing a culture of diversity and inclusion.
The MAC award is the second such honor UB has received recently. The university received the NCAA and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA)’s 2018 Award for Diversity and Inclusion last December for its commitment to establishing an inclusive environment in athletics, on campus and in the community.
“We are tremendously honored that the MAC is recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said President Satish K. Tripathi. “Diversity and inclusion are core values of our institutional mission — central to our identity as a public research university and, therefore, central to all of our programs across Buffalo.
“That the MAC, with this inaugural institutional award, is celebrating our athletics department’s success in fostering a welcoming, inclusive environment is a source of great pride for all of us at UB.”
UB Athletics was cited by the MAC, NCAA and MOAA for comprehensive programming and initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion. Among them:
Mark Alnutt, UB’s athletics director, called the MAC Diversity and Inclusion Award “a true testament of our institution’s commitment and subsequent action to these very important values.”
“We will strive to continue to be a recognized leader in the MAC and beyond in the concepts of diversity and inclusion, as this will strengthen our institution.”