Baruch College History Department Receives Equity Award from the American Historical Association

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(New York, NY, February 7, 2011) — Baruch College is pleased to announce that its History Department is the first institution nationwide to receive the new Equity Award by the American Historical Association (AHA).

The American Historical Association recognizes institutions that have achieved excellence in recruiting and retaining underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

“[The Weissman History Department at Baruch College] is recognized for its exceptional and sustained efforts to create a vibrant intellectual environment,” says AHA. “This department’s unwavering commitment to faculty diversity has paved the way for a membership, curriculum, and student life that is reflective and supportive of the dynamic diversity of its college’s student body.”

The History Department's new chair, Katherine Pence, accepted the award on behalf of Baruch College at the AHA’s annual meeting awards ceremony on January 7th in Boston.

"This Equity Award, applied for by the twelve-year history department Chair Cynthia Whittaker, who retired in January, demonstrates the strength of her leadership in developing a department committed to diversity among the faculty members, the students, and the course offerings,” says Pence. “We are honored to be the first history department nationwide to receive this recognition from the American Historical Association and are grateful that it acknowledges the History Department's exemplary role at Baruch College in promoting the mission of the City University to educate a diverse array of often underrepresented students."

The AHA established this award in 2011 to be given annually both to a distinguished individual and an academic unit.

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About the American Historical Association:

The American Historical Association (AHA) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies, the collection and preservation of historical documents and artifacts, and the dissemination of historical research.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

Mercedes Sanchez (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu