Led by members of its Diversity Committee, members of the Hodges University family took part in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade and celebration in Naples.
“Diversity has long been a major institutional goal at Hodges,” says Dr. Terry McMahan, President of Hodges University. “Dr. King believed that all people had the right to education and culture to enrich their minds. We could not agree more, and continue to help all members of our community receive the education and skills needed for the economic and social well being of our region of Florida.”
Of the approximately 1,900 students attending Hodges, 27% are Hispanic, and 15% are African American. Hodges University is national recognized for its campus diversity, ranking fourth in the southern region in US News & World Report’s 2008 Best Colleges Index. The many scholarship opportunities offered at the University have afforded students of all backgrounds tuition assistance and encouragement toward higher education.
The theme of the parade/celebration was “Empowering Positive Change,” and hosted by the Naples NAACP Branch. The celebration was held at Cambier Park in downtown Naples.