UTSA diversity director receives leadership award
By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs
(Nov. 16, 2006)--Grace Hernandez, UTSA director of institutional diversity, received the Diversity Leadership Award on Oct. 26 from the Texas Diversity Council.
The award is given to individuals demonstrating a commitment to diversity in the workplace and their community through mentoring and other outreach initiatives.
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The Texas Diversity Council (TXDC), a member of the National Diversity Council, is committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. TXDC offers opportunities for organizations to learn about diversity issues from corporate leaders.
TXDC is composed of five councils serving the greater metropolitan areas of Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.
Grace Hernandez has served at UTSA since 2003. As director of institutional diversity, her responsibilities include promoting cultural competence and inclusion through educational programs, ensuring EEO compliance through review of candidate pools and investigating complaints of unfair treatment by students, staff and faculty.
Under her leadership, the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) has accomplished several goals including developing specialized diversity trainings for students and staff; collaborating with other departments to develop an annual university-wide diversity month with educational events to promote diversity and inclusion of all members of the university and community; and achieving a greater awareness in the UTSA community of OID's role within the university.
At UTSA, Hernandez earned a B.A. degree in English and an M.A. degree in human resources development. She is an ex-officio member and former co-chair of the President's Diversity Committee, which is charged with reviewing and advising executive leadership on all aspects of the university that have an impact on diversity and inclusion.
Before joining UTSA, Hernandez worked in the private sector where she dealt with diversity and compliance issues. She is an advisory board member of the San Antonio chapter of the Texas Diversity Council and a member of the local chapter of the Industrial Liaison Group.