Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s alma mater wins a DIVERSITY prize – Daily News
#VirginiaGovernorRalphNortham, #alma, #mater, #wins, #DIVERSITY, #prize Virginia governor Ralph Northam’s alma mater medical school has won a national award for diversity just one month after it was embroiled in scandal over a blackface yearbook photo. Eastern Virginia Medical School was shamed when an offensive photo was found in the Northam’s page in his 1984 yearbook, portraying a man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe. Despite the scandal, the school accepted the Institutional Excellence Award handed out by the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education on Friday.The school won the esteemed award for its ‘measurable progress in promoting and sustaining innovative diversity efforts’. School president Richard V. Homan says he learned of the award a few weeks ago, ‘after the chaos,’ but couldn’t announce it because of the association’s rules. He picked up the award, an engraved sapphire-tinted vase, on Friday at a conference in Philadelphia. ‘I told my wife “God has a wry sense of humor,”‘ Homan said according to The Virginian-Pilot. He announced the award at a medical school board meeting on Tuesday where fellow members were shocked to learn of the achievement.’And we got it — EVMS — in the middle of all this?’ Dr. Theresa Emory, who sits on the board, said. The school started a new admissions process in June 2013 that considers an applicants’ race, ethnicity and background as well as test scores and grades to increase the number of underrepresented minorities on campus. However, the school is still reeling from the governor and the blackface photo scandal. Homan launched two external investigations after a photograph from Northam’s yearbook page showing two people in racist costumes surfaced. Share this article Share The medical school discontinued yearbooks after learning of Confederate gear in yearbooks as recent as 2013.When the offensive blackface photo first emerged in February, the governor apologized for appearing in it then said he wasn’t in it. Despite public outcry for him to step down, he refused to resign. ‘I believe now and then that I am not either of the people in this photo. This was not me in that picture. That was not Ralph Northam,’ he said. ‘I intend to continue doing the business of Virginia. I could avoid an honest conversation about harmful actions from my past. I cannot in good conscience choose the path that would be easier for me in an effort to duck my responsibility to reconcile’He also later admitted that he had darkened his skin before for a Michael Jackson Jackson costume stint, but denied being in that racist yearbook photo.
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