American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity Announces the 2019 Cesar Estrada Chavez Award Honoree for Its Annual Awards Ceremony

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Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino will be honored for his extraordinary contributions to the cause of equal opportunity and diversity through higher education at the Association’s 45th National Conference and Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN on June 12th.

Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino will be honored for his extraordinary contributions to the cause of equal opportunity and diversity

“We are pleased to honor Dr. Morales for his outstanding leadership in higher education, spearheading the effort to cultivate our nation’s future leaders from K-12 through college,” said AAAED President Richard Anthony Baker.

The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), an organization of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action professionals, announced that Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino, will be the honoree for the association’s Cesar Estrada Chavez Award for 2019. “We are pleased to honor Dr. Morales for his outstanding leadership in higher education, spearheading the effort to cultivate our nation’s future leaders from K-12 through college,” said AAAED President Richard Anthony Baker. The Awards Luncheon will take place at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, June 12, 2019.

The award is named for Cesar Estrada Chavez, an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, along with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW) in 1962. The Cesar Estrada Chavez Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership in support of workers' rights and humanitarian issues. Previous recipients include Dr. Rogelio Saenz (2018), Dr. Harvey Kesselman (2017), Dr. Havidán Rodríguez (2016), and Dr. Marie T. Mora (2015).

Selected by Latino Leaders Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Latino Leaders in the country, Dr. Morales has served as president of the board of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Dr. Morales was selected as the president of California State University, San Bernardino in May 2012. He is the university's fourth president since it opened in 1965. His commitment to student success has led to various innovatory summer bridge and orientation programs for area students. In addition, he has spearheaded the first truly bi-county initiative to address education and career preparedness beginning with K-12 through baccalaureate degree attainment. This effort resulted in a successful $5 million California Governor’s Innovation Award.

Previously, Dr. Morales was president of the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York (CUNY), since 2007. From 2001 to 2007, Morales served in various capacities at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, including Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Student Affairs, and professor of education. While at Cal Poly Pomona, he established the Kellogg Honors College, realigned the division of Academic Affairs and played a key role in completing a $23 million expansion of the Bronco Student Center, among other projects. Prior to joining Pomona, Morales was Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at The City College of New York/CUNY from 1994 to 2001. From 1992 to 1994, Morales was Assistant Dean of the School of Education at the State University of New York (SUNY), New Paltz.

Dr. Morales holds a B.A. in history from SUNY, New Paltz and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in educational administration and policy studies from SUNY, Albany. Having served as an educator and administrative leader in higher education for more than 37 years, Dr. Morales is one of the few higher education administrators in the United States who has held senior administrative positions at the three largest public university systems in the nation: The California State University, The State University of New York, and The City University of New York.

Themed Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Equity and Inclusion, the AAAED 45th National Conference and Annual Meeting is open to the press. For more information or to register for the Conference, go to: https://www.aaaed.org/aaaed/Conference_Agenda1.asp.

To purchase a luncheon ticket for the awards ceremony or a table, click here: https://www.aaaed.org/aaaed/Sponsorship.asp.

Founded in 1974 as the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), AAAED is a national not-for-profit association of professionals working in the areas of equal opportunity, compliance and diversity. AAAED has 45 years of leadership in providing professional training to members, enabling them to be more successful and productive in their careers. It also promotes understanding and advocacy of affirmative action and other equal opportunity laws to enhance the tenets of access, inclusion and equality in employment, economic and educational opportunities.

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