September 29, 2016

President Beth Stroble named recipient of diversity award

Webster University President Elizabeth Stroble was named the recipient of the “Insight into Diversity Giving Back Award for Presidents and Chancellors” on Wednesday, according to a press release from Webster University.

The award is given by the education magazine “INSIGHT Into Diversity” and honors campus leaders who “demonstrate outstanding social responsibility” and give back to their universities by promoting diversity and philanthropy, according to the publication’s website.

“INSIGHT Into Diversity” is a national publication on diversity and education that serves as a platform both for news and commentary about diversity issues and for advertising which connects education employers with a broad range of applicants.

Their mission is “to advance the national conversation about diversity and inclusion through thought-provoking articles on current trends and relevant news”, according to their website (insightintodiversity.com).

University chancellors and presidents are nominated for the award by members of the public, and the recipient is then chosen by the magazine.

“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of Webster University,” Stroble said in the press release. “This recognition is a reflection of the great work accomplished daily by the students, faculty and staff who recognize the value of diversity to our community.”

This is the second time Stroble has been honored by “INSIGHT Into Diversity”; she also received their “Visionary Award” in 2014.

This recognition comes after Stroble reiterated her commitment to diversity at Webster during her Jan. 14 Spring Convocation speech. In that statement, Stroble emphasized the importance of recruiting diverse students and creating communication between different communities on campus.

“The strength of Webster academically, operationally, financially rests on our ability to welcome, to feel belonging and ownership, to engage with each other at the edge of our comfort zones because it is at the edges that we learn the most,” Stroble said.

Stroble’s award will be featured in the Leadership Support issue of the magazine, which is released in April 2016.

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