|Archives / Archived News - June 2001|
|Pitt’s School of Information Sciences Receives
Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award
PITTSBURGH, June 11 -- The 2001 Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award honoring the “outstanding University of Pittsburgh program area or individual that has made a significant contribution in affirmative action” today was awarded to the Affirmative Action Committee of the School of Information Sciences (SIS).
The award, which includes a prize of $2,500, was created by an initial gift from Maryann F. Coffey, formerly an assistant to the chancellor and director of Affirmative Action at the University of Pittsburgh, and Joseph I. Coffey, her husband and formerly a professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Working with Professor Emeritus E.J. Josey, SIS’ Affirmative Action Committee has over the past 15 years made a commitment of resources to the recruitment and retention of minority students, faculty members, and staff, with emphasis on African American students. Among the initiatives cited were:
Individual recruitment efforts by Josey, including visits to Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs); attendance at the Graduate Opportunities Conference for Black and Hispanic Students in Pennsylvania; and visits to large urban public and university libraries with African American support staff holding undergraduate degrees;
The Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award was chosen by a committee of Pitt faculty and staff and announced by Nordenberg at the Senate Council meeting of the Pitt faculty.