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Pam Russell
Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
Oct. 7, 2014

CASE Announces Minority Advancement Institute Class of 2014

Program Helps Foster Diverse Advancement Leaders at Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has named the participants of its 2014 Minority Advancement Institute, which takes place Nov. 17-18 in Washington, D.C.

Twenty-four diverse professionals who work in advancement at colleges and universities in the United States will receive complimentary registration and hotel accommodations to attend the Minority Advancement Institute, which features sessions on management, leadership and navigating work environments, among other topics.

CASE created the institute in 2006 to foster the development of diverse leaders in the advancement profession, which consists of practitioners who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing at educational institutions. The program focuses on management, leadership and mentoring of advancement professionals who have the potential to rise to the ranks of senior management.

Almost 100 professionals have participated in the program with more than 25 percent today in senior leadership positions.

"Currently, 9 percent of advancement professionals are people of diverse backgrounds," says Peter Hayashida, vice chancellor for advancement at the University of California, Riverside and chair of the 2014 Minority Advancement Institute. "By focusing on inclusive leadership, organizations can increase their staff breadth and representation while better meeting the needs of increasingly diverse alumni."

The selected class for 2014:

Jacynta Brewton

George Washington University

Jessie Brooks

UC San Diego

Roxanne Christian

University of Washington

Justin Coleman

Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools

Endia DeCordova

Manchester Community College

Dale Evans

University of Southern California

Brian Federico

Portland State University

Jacqueline Golden

Princeton University

Jennifer Hammond

Deerfield Academy

Wei Loon Leong

University at Buffalo/SUNY

Justin Michalka

University of Texas at Austin

Justin Munoz

Texas A & M University -Kingsville

Rodney Parks

Philander Smith College

D'Andre Phillips

American University

Promila Rastogi

Stanford University

Rudy Reyes

University of Notre Dame

Michael Reza

Oregon State University Foundation

Jennifer Scott

UC Davis

LeKita Scott Dawkins

Syracuse University

Kellie Ann Takenaka

University of Hawai'I Foundation

Ann-Marie Thornton

Community College of Baltimore County

Isaac Thweatt

American University

Nancy Velez

Teachers College, Columbia University

Jamaul Webster

Marquette University

The institute will occur on Nov. 17-18, 2014, in Washington, D.C. For more information regarding MAI, contact Rob Henry rhenry@case.org.

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