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Cathy Clardy Patterson to speak at Institutional Diversity Dinner Nov. 16

Cathy Clardy Patterson will be keynote speaker at the 37th annual Office of Institutional Diversity dinner Friday, Nov. 16.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [11/1/2207]

Cathy Clardy Patterson will be keynote speaker at the 37th annual Office of Institutional Diversity dinner Friday, Nov. 16.

The dinner – capping a week of diversity and international education activities – will start at 6 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom, featuring ethnic foods and entertainment.

The event is an opportunity for the Minnesota State Mankato Institutional Diversity staff and students to acknowledge leaders and supporters of cultural diversity on campus and throughout the community, and to recognize accomplishments, scholarship and leadership by students of color.

The event also raises money to replenish Institutional Diversity emergency loan and program activity funds.

The Clarence E. Harris Humanitarian Award will be presented to an individual or organization that has demonstrated continuous support or service in promoting cultural diversity locally. The award is for those who have made specific contributions to students of color, or who have contributed to the growth and development of cultural diversity for all students.

Nominations for the award are due by Friday, Nov. 9. Information and nomination forms may be obtained from the Office of Institutional Diversity, (507) 389-6125.

Patterson is a Minnesota State Mankato alumna who was the first graduate of the Honors Program, and who in 2004 received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. She has been president and CEO of Empowerment Management Services, and was the second African-American woman to be managing director of a major Wall Street investment firm.

She has served on the boards of several community organizations and created an endowment for African-American students and an investment bank for African-American women. She recently earned a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Those who want banquet ticket information or Clarence E. Harris Humanitarian Award nomination forms may call the Office of Institutional Diversity at (507) 389-6125.

For MSU events: individuals with a disability, who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, are asked to contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

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