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Veterans Center Wins Statewide Diversity Award

The ARC Veterans Resource Center has been selected to receive a statewide 2017 Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award, recognizing the

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The Veterans Resource Center Team (July 2017)

Center as one of the most developed, well-staffed and fully institutionalized service programs for veterans in the state of California.

The Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award was established in 2001 to honor community college staff members, districts, colleges or programs that have made the greatest contribution towards faculty and staff diversity or student equity. Award winners are selected for clearly demonstrating an outstanding achievement in diversity or student equity. The award was presented at a special event Tuesday, July 18, at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

"American River College is very proud of our Veterans Resource Center and we couldn't be happier that this prestigious statewide award throws a spotlight on the great work the center does," said ARC President Thomas Greene. "ARC is committed to helping those who have bravely served our country. We are inspired every day by our veteran students and this award encourages us to re-double our efforts to serve them."

Since its inception in 2013, the central mission of the ARC Veterans Resource Center has been to bridge the civilian and military cultural divide through inclusion and full integration of student veterans in campus life, while offering consistent training and engagement opportunities for staff, faculty and administration. Over the years, the Veterans Resource Center has also evolved to focus more broadly on encouraging diversity of this marginalized student population on campus, as well as supporting the statewide movement to integrate student veterans on campus and enhance overall support and services for our prior military, active duty personnel and military families. The Veterans Resource Center strives to focus on the life issues affecting veterans, to help them become successful students.