UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois will receive the 2014-15 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) award during the District III conference in Orlando, Fla.
The conference runs from Feb. 15 – Feb. 18.
The awards reception starts at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 and will be followed by a banquet at 6:30 p.m.
“On behalf of my administrative team, I’m honored to be recognized,” said Dubois. “CASE is one of the country’s leading higher education organizations.”
Achieving the award was not a sole effort, as creating a diverse campus was achieved in thanks to a dedicated team.
“Our efforts have been led by the Council on University Community which developed our Campus Diversity Plan in 2008,” said Dubois.
According to the university’s website, the Council was appointed in 2006 by Dubois after he had stressed the importance of on-campus diversity in both his installation and convocation addresses.
“It is chaired by the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Joan Lorden and includes all of the vice chancellors and the athletic director,” said Dubois. “They have done an outstanding job in moving us forward.”
Dubois lists several methods in which he along with his team were able to create a successfully diverse campus.
“Our approach has been broad, encompassing diversity in the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students as well as encouraging diverse perspectives to be included in the curriculum and in campus events,” said Dubois. “We have also made major progress in ensuring that historically-underutilized businesses (HUB) owned by minorities and females receive an equitable share of our contracts for goods and services.”
Regardless of receiving the award, Dubois realizes there is still much left to be done.
“In the case of recruiting a diverse faculty and student body, there is always the question of whether an institution has attracted a ‘critical mass’ that makes prospective faculty and students believe that they will find a welcoming and inclusive environment on campus,” said Dubois. “We still have more work to do, but we see increasing levels of success each year.”
Dubois says part of his motivation is to ensure that all students receive the same educational opportunities regardless of race, gender or socio-economic status.
“I think most higher education leaders see diversity as something we need to achieve, both for ensuring that our students receive the kind of education that will enable them to be successful in a multi-cultural world and for extending educational opportunity to as many citizens as we can,” said Dubois. “Compared to individuals who have not attended college, degree recipients earn superior annual and lifetime incomes, are healthier, less likely to have to rely upon social services, less likely to end up in trouble with the law, more likely to vote, and more likely to donate their time or money to charitable organizations.”
On the University’s website, it states that “Dubois and his team also have actively promoted inclusion of minority- and women-owned businesses in the University’s construction work on new facilities and building renovations and as suppliers of University goods and services.”
Dubois said that the most crucial thing in regards to that was creating and funding a position for the now full-time HUB coordinator, Dorothy Vick, who is a part of the Facilities Management staff.
“Dorothy oversees our HUB program, stays in continuing contact with HUB vendors concerning emerging opportunities for construction and renovation contracts on campus, and ensures that general contractors effectively subcontract with HUB firms,” said Dubois. “Her work has produced two awards for the campus—North Carolina’s Good Faith Effort ‘HUB Advocate’ in 2012 and the 2013 North Carolina Good Faith Effort ‘Public Sector Owner.’”
His team’s work has also led to other achievements as well.
“We have the highest African-American participation in the UNC (University of North Carolina) system, exceeded by only two historically-black colleges, North Carolina Central University and Elizabeth City State University,” said Dubois. “We were also honored by the Charlotte Chamber’s Belk Innovation in Diversity Award in 2013.”
Dubois has received of several other awards including the Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award 2014 and Charlotte Energy Leadership Award 2013.
“Some of these are individual and some are institutional but, as with most things in life, it takes a great team to get things done,” said Dubois.