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STLCC Receives 2009 Corporate Diversity Award

November 11, 2009

Zelema Harris receives the 2009 Corporate Diversity Award from Richard Fleming.  
Richard Fleming, left, president and CEO of the St. Louis
Regional Chamber and Growth Association, presents the
2009 Corporate Diversity Award to STLCC Chancellor
Zelema Harris. (Photo by Wiley Price of the St. Louis

St. Louis Community College's practice of building inclusive and dynamic environments for learning, teaching, studying and working earned the institution the 2009 Corporate Diversity Award from the St. Louis American Foundation.

STLCC received the award at the recent Salute to Excellence in Business Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the St. Louis American Foundation, the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

"Diversity is bringing the best people together from diverse backgrounds, with the understanding that we learn from each other," STLCC Chancellor Zelema Harris said upon accepting the award.

STLCC’s selection for the award was based on several initiatives, including the system’s success in keeping ethnic diversity among faculty, staff and administrators.

  • The college received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement the African-American Male Initiative, a program to strengthen the college’s capacity to serve African-American males and improve their educational outcomes.
  • The college will open its new Harrison Education Center in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood in fall 2010. It will be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certified public higher education facility in St. Louis City. The new center will offer credit and non-credit courses in environmental sciences, allied health, computers/technology, and workforce training and development.
  • In partnership with Better Family Life Inc., STLCC’s Life Sciences Career Pathways program trains entry-level workers for local biotech and pharma-manufacturing industry. Since its inception, more than 160 individuals have graduated from the program, including 150 African-Americans.

Other awards presented at the luncheon recognized the region’s top 25 African-American businesses. Individual awards were presented to: Robbie Montgomery, owner of Sweetie Pie’s, Emerging Business of the Year; Flint Fowler, president of Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Louis, Non-Profit Executive of the Year; Ann Marr, vice president of human resources at World Wide Technology, Corporate Executive of the Year; and Todd Weaver, Legacy Building Group, Entrepreneur of the Year.