ODU is one of America’s top 100 employers for diversity

NORFOLK — Forbes magazine has named Old Dominion University one of America’s 100 Best Employers for Diversity in its 2019 rankings.

Old Dominion was 93rd among 500 employers that were recognized. The university was the top-ranked employer in Hampton Roads.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from Forbes magazine,” said ReNee Dunman, ODU’s assistant vice president for Institutional Equity and Diversity. “Under President John R. Broderick’s leadership, we have made numerous efforts to ensure that we have a diverse staff and faculty. This, of course, benefits the University community in so many ways: broader points of view for our students; research that has greater breadth and quality; and a variety of role models and mentors.”

ReNee Dunman (Southside daily/Courtesy of ODU)
ReNee Dunman (Southside daily/Courtesy of ODU)

With the reassembly of the President’s Task Force on Inclusive Excellence in 2014, ODU signaled that diversity and inclusion is an institutional priority. The task force developed the Inclusive Excellence Framework, a five-year plan designed to grow and sustain diverse and inclusive living, learning and working environments.

“This honor is an acknowledgment that our efforts are succeeding,” said Janice Underwood, director of diversity initiatives and chair of the President’s Task Force on Inclusive Excellence. “We are moving the dial forward with institutional investments and rigorous programming, such as integrated campaigns that uniquely bond our diverse campus with Hampton Roads and the global community.”

Janice Underwood (Southside Daily/Courtesy of ODU)
Janice Underwood (Southside Daily/Courtesy of ODU)

In collaboration with the analytics firm Statista, Forbes selected America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2019 based on an independent survey from a sample of more than 50,000 U.S.-based employees who worked for businesses with at least 1,000 employees.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.