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13th Annual Dr. John W. Rice Award Recognizes Efforts to Promote Equality in Community Colleges

Los Angeles Community College District and Napa Valley College Will Be Recognized in Today's Award Ceremony

SACRAMENTO, Calif – July 9, 2013 – Los Angeles Community College District’s Project MATCH and Napa Valley College’s Greg Miraglia are this year’s recipients of the 13th annual Dr. John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors is holding the annual ceremony today at 9:15 a.m. at the Sterling Hotel in Sacramento.

This year’s awards recognize people and programs that support and encourage equality and diversity in the Community Colleges. Project MATCH works to recruit and train employees from a variety of backgrounds to reflect Los Angeles Community College District’s cultural diversity. Greg Miraglia’s work in hate crimes training and LGBT education for the Napa Valley College student community has led to greater understanding and appreciation of student diversity.

The Dr. John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award was created in 2001 to honor a Community College member, district, campus, or program that has contributed to community diversity and equality. Dr. Rice was born in Baton Rouge, LA., and grew up living through years of segregation and the civil rights era. He served on the California Community Colleges Board of Governors from 1992 until 2000 and was a leader and spokesperson for equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination in the California Community Colleges. While on the Board, he showed a strong commitment to multicultural learning experiences for all students. He is also the father of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The ceremony will be attended by Mrs. Clara Rice, Rice’s widow, as well as former Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez, both of whom will be guest speakers at the ceremony. California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris and Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges President Manuel Baca will also be in attendance. The Foundation is proud to be a part of this event.

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