Goal IX Newsletter

Witner 2001, Volume 7, Number 1

Commission Receives the Mandela International Award

British Diversity Awards 2000

Sir Herman Ouseley presents the Mandela International Award to Judge Bernice Donald, on behalf of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, at the British Diversity Awards event in London.

The Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession recently received international recognition for its work in promoting diversity in the profession. On November 16, 2000, Judge Bernice Donald accepted, on behalf of the Commission, the Mandela International Award, one of the featured presentations at the British Diversity Awards 2000 dinner and gala at the Park Lane Hotel in London. Judge Donald served as the chair of the Commission for three years, beginning with the 1994 bar year, and now serves on the ABA Board of Governors.

For the past six years, AnSer House of Marlow, United Kingdom, publishers of Impact magazine, has presented the British Diversity Awards. These prestigious awards are designed to publicly recognize and reward organizations (or individuals) for demonstrating a major commitment to realizing the ideal of equality of opportunity for everyone, as well as appreciating the benefits of diversity. According to AnSer House, the awards are the only national event of its kind that promotes diversity on a priority level.

The Mandela International Award is exclusively for organizations outside the UK that are making a difference to the life and value of diverse groups in a significant way. Emphasis is placed on the extent to which the initiative is making a real difference to the community in the spirit of partnership and togetherness. Finalists for the 2000 award included Texas Instruments, the City of Seattle, and the University of Melbourne, Australia.



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