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Posted on August 27, 2012

The National Diversity Council has selected Dr. Lisa McBride to receive a 2012 Pennsylvania Multicultural Leadership Award.

McBride, university ombudsperson and special assistant to the president for Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity, will receive her award at a luncheon Sept. 13 at the third annual Pittsburgh Diversity and Leadership Conference.

Soledad O’Brien, host of “Starting Point” on CNN, will deliver the keynote address at the conference, which is presented by the Pennsylvania Diversity Council, a member of the National Diversity Council.

The awards recognize individuals of color who seek to uphold and promote the principles of diversity and leadership and who have excelled in their fields.

McBride is a founding member of Cal U Men United, a mentoring group for students aimed at improving retention and graduation rates for men of color. She also serves the university community as chair of the President’s Commission for the Status of Women.

"I am truly honored and humbled to be recognized by the National Diversity Council,” McBride said. “Diversity, for me, is about empowering people. We all live together, yet we all experience life so differently. To receive the 2012 Multicultural Leadership Award is a testament to our Cal U culture and our unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

In June, McBride was presented with a 2012 Women of Excellence Award from the New Pittsburgh Courier for her efforts to promote institutional practices that foster a climate of inclusion.