The University at Buffalo was awarded the Mid-American Conference's first-ever Diversity & Inclusion Institution Award on Thursday.
"We are tremendously honored that the MAC is recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion," UB President Satish Tripathi said in a statement. "Diversity and inclusion are core values of our institutional mission — central to our identity as a public research university and, therefore, central to all of our programs across Buffalo. That the MAC, with this inaugural institutional award, is celebrating our athletics department's success in fostering a welcoming, inclusive environment is a source of great pride for all of us at Buffalo."
UB has enacted a variety of programs, practices and initiatives to develop a culture of diversity in ethnicity, race, gender and sexual orientation.
"On behalf of the University at Buffalo and our amazing team and student-athletes here in the Division of Athletics, we're very honored and humbled to receive the inaugural MAC Diversity and Inclusion Award," Buffalo Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt said in the statement. "This is a true testament of our institution's commitment and subsequent action to these very important values. We will strive to continue to be a recognized leader in the MAC and beyond in concepts diversity and inclusion as this will strengthen our institution."