Posted February 21, 2007

Diversity discussed, celebrated at Temple

In workshops, guest lectures, special events and official recognitions, the university community has begun 2007 with a strong focus on one of Temple’s core strengths — diversity, in every sense of the word.

“You’ll see the world walking about on the Temple campus.

It’s part of the signature here.”

— President Ann Weaver Hart

Associated Press interview,

Feb. 13
Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/Temple University

Celebration of Color

Jeffrey Montague (left), assistant dean of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Dick Englert, interim provost (right), join Vice President for Multicultural Affairs Rhonda Brown at the Celebration of Color reception held in the Student Center on Feb. 13.



The purpose of the annual reception was to bring together the university’s staff, faculty and administrators of color in an informal setting. About 30 percent of Temple University’s full-time employees are people of color.

Denise Clay


Temple focuses on diversity in the classroom and on the field

The Temple University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics recently hosted Keith Lee and Robert Weathers of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports to speak with athletic administrators and student athletes about the importance of diversity in college athletics.

“The administrators and the student athletes addressed issues that transcended the usual diversity issues such as gender and race,” Assistant Athletic Director Gary Bundy said. “We explored the need for sensitivity concerning issues that are often taboo to talk about. Homophobia, cultural differences and learning styles are topics that we wanted to confront.

“Workshops such as this one allow Temple to continue to create an environment that is both diverse and inclusive,” Bundy said.

Earlier this year, the department, under the direction of Bill Bradshaw, received an “A” grade in the 2006 Football Hiring Report Card from the Black Coaches Association. Temple, which named Al Golden as head coach for the 2006 season, was one of four Division I-A schools to receive an “A” out of the 10 universities that hired new head football coaches last year.

— Karen Shuey

For the Temple Times


Promoting diversity in hospitality management

Gerry Fernandez (left), president of the Multicultural Foodservices and Hospitality Alliance, stands with Greg DeShields (center), director of industry relations for the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Jeffrey Montague, STHM assistant dean.

Fernandez visited Temple recently as STHM’s executive in residence and spoke to Montague’s senior seminar class about the importance of diversity in the hospitality industry.

Photo by Joseph V. Labolito/Temple University

— Kady Adams

For the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management