The Philadelphia Business Journal honored Arcadia University President Ajay Nair with its 12th annual Minority Business Leader Award for his commitment to equity and inclusion, write Ryan Sharrow and Casey Darnell for The Philadelphia Business Journal.
As the first person of color to serve as Arcadia University’s president, Nair is motivated by the passion he sees in the student body fighting for many of the same social issues he fought for himself when he was an undergrad student.
“The passion our students and community members display each day toward learning and making an impact on the world always motivates me to do more,” said Nair. “I continue to share their frustration and fight for these issues, though now I am in a position to do even more.”
Nair has prioritized diversity in Arcadia University’s executive leadership, beginning with his own President’s Cabinet, which now better reflects the diversity of the student body. Half of the Cabinet are now people of color.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Nair has remained in communication with with the student body, understanding that the severity of impact the pandemic has on his students is not equally shared across all socioeconomic statuses and other social identities.
“It’s important for us as leaders to consider what we can and should do for all of our community members, and especially the most vulnerable among us, during this unprecedented crisis,” said Nair.
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