May 18, 2012

The Department of Family Science (FMSC) is the proud recipient of the 2012 President's Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues (PCEMI) "Outstanding Instructional Unit Ethnic Minority Achievement Award." This award recognizes the department's extensive commitment to achieving academic excellence through diversity initiatives that have evolved and expanded through the years.

The Department advocates for the ethnic minority community through a strong commitment to building a diverse faculty and staff and recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic minority students. In Fall 2011, 53% of our undergraduate majors and 41% of our graduate students were persons of color. FMSC also addresses diversity in virtually all courses and fosters an equitable and inclusive learning community. Ethnic minority families is one of the Department's four major areas of research.

The President's Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues (PCEMI) established this Ethnic Minority Achievement Award to recognize individual units for outstanding programs that reflect equity efforts and best practices in supporting our students and serving the University of Maryland community. The commission advises the President on issues of concern to minority students, faculty and staff.

FMSC thanks the PCEMI for this important honor.