Central Recognized for Diversity, Makes 1.5 Million

Central Michigan University is among a select group of institutions honored nationally for exemplary diversity programs.
The university’s Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) recently received a citation for outstanding diversity initiatives at the Minority Access Twelfth National Role Models Conference in Washington, D.C. The annual award honors colleges and universities committed to diversity best practices. CMU is among 17 institutions named to the American Colleges and Universities Committed to Diversity Year 2011 list. 
“This honor reflects the hard work and dedication of CMU faculty and staff who make diversity a top priority,” said Dr. Denise O’Neil Green, associate vice president for institutional diversity. “They, along with our diversity units — GEAR UP/College Day, Diversity Education, LGBTQ Services, Multicultural Academic Student Services, Native American Programs and Upward Bound — and the Strategic Plan for Advancing Diversity Committee, make our campus more diverse and welcoming to all students.”
OID also announced new retention programs aimed at low-income and first-generation students soon will be enacted as a result of grants awarded from the Michigan Strategic Fund/King Chavez Parks Initiative for the Michigan College and University Partnership (MICUP) and the Select Student Support Services (4S) competitions. The six-year MICUP and 4S grants, totaling $1.5 million, will enable OID to launch two retention programs aimed at transfer, retention, and graduation rates of low-income and first-generation students.
The MICUP program’s goal is to increase the transfer and graduation rates of low-income and first-generation transfer students from Bay Mills Community College, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Lansing Community College and Mid Michigan Community College.  The MICUP program at CMU will be known as the Student Transition Enrichment Program (STEP) and will be under the direction of Colleen Green, director of Native American Programs.
The 4S program aims to increase the retention and graduation rates of low-income and first-generation students already enrolled at CMU. The university’s 4S program will be called the Pathways to Academic Student Success Program, or Pathways. Mary Henley, director of CMU’s GEAR UP/College Day program, will serve as the director of Pathways. OID also is receiving a gift of $110,000 from the C.S. Mott Foundation for the 2011 Summer Adventure Program that is run by the GEAR UP staff in Flint, Mich.

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