Wesleyan Honored by A Better Chance Foundation

June 26, 2014

Wesleyan's years of promoting diversity, inclusion and access were honored June 20 by the A Better Chance Foundation, as President Michael Roth accepted the Benjamin E. Mays award. (Pictured are President Roth and ABC and Wesleyan alumna Celia Santana Feinberg '90 at the award ceremony.)

Named for the famed civil rights pioneer, the Mays award is presented annually to a leader in education who individually and with their institution demonstrates a clear commitment to diversifying higher education.

""I was deeply honored to accept the Mays Award," Roth said. "It's really an award for the university, and recognizes Wesleyan's longstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion – and our long partnership with A Better Chance."

The foundation's mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. The oldest national organization of its kind, ABC annually recruits, refers and supports about 500 scholars in grades 6-12 at more than 300 member schools in 27 states. Many of these scholars go on to elite universities.

Wesleyan has been one of A Better Chance's strongest college partners, with 258 ABC alumni matriculated over the past 50 years, more than any other American university except Columbia.