CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | Branden Grimmett, associate provost of career and professional development at Loyola Marymount University, has been named the recipient of the Diversity and Inclusion Award at the December 2020 conference of the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers.
“I am extremely humbled to receive this recognition, especially from my peers in the career services field,” Grimmett said. “I share the award with the entire Career and Professional Development team at LMU. They are equally committed to advancing inclusion and equity in their work and inspire me every day to walk the walk.”
Tracy Hill, MPACE past president, said that Grimmett was nominated for his activism related to advancing diversity, most notably calling on the National Association of Colleges and Employers, NACE, to add anti-racism as a career competency and require that all employers agree to inclusive practices when recruiting and hiring LMU students.
Intended to address MPACE’s strategic priority on diversity and inclusion, the MPACE Diversity and Inclusion Award is given annually to the individual committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their works at their institution, MPACE, and NACE.
A frequent conference presenter and speaker, Grimmett advocates for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, provides students with career services, and optimizes post-graduate outcomes from LMU. The university’s longstanding commitment to the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion is intrinsic to its Jesuit and Marymount mission. LMU students, faculty, and staff actively cultivate an institutional climate that works to fight systemic oppression and supports equality and inclusivity for all.