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Kent State Associate Vice President Receives Award for Book on Diversity in Higher Education

Posted Oct, 22, 2010

A book on diversity in higher education co-authored by Alvin Evans, Kent State University’s associate vice president for Human Resources, has received the prestigious 2010 Kathryn G. Hansen Publication Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

Photo of Alvin EvansThe award was presented at the organization’s annual conference held last month in New Orleans. The award recognizes a publication which has made a significant contribution to the field of human resources administration.

The book, “Bridging the Diversity Divide: Globalization and Reciprocal Empowerment in Higher Education” (published by Jossey-Bass: San Francisco), was co-written by Evans and Dr. Edna Chun, vice president for Human Resources and Equity at Broward College. It focuses on building a concrete action plan for an inclusive campus environment.

“I am really pleased to be honored by CUPA, which is the premier higher education HR professional organization,” Evans said. “It also gives Kent State considerable visibility in the field of human resources administration and diversity. Under Kent State’s leadership, the university has implemented many proactive plans and initiatives to bring about progressive change for cultural diversity and inclusion.”

The book is a featured selection in Amazon’s new affirmative action, Equal Employment Opportunity and diversity store, and is very favorably reviewed in several scholarly publications, including the Summer 2010 issue of The Review of Higher Education.

Evans and Chun previously received the Kathryn G. Hansen Publications Award for their book “Are the Walls Really Down? Behavioral and Organizational Barriers to Faculty and Staff Diversity in Higher Education.”

Evans resides in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

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