Touro University Nevada received a generous $5,000 gift from Cox Communications to help expand its diversity, equity, and inclusion programming.
Craig Stevens, Cox Communication’s Senior Director of Government Affairs, commended Touro for its current efforts to increase diversity programming among its campus community. It was a major reason for Cox making this gift, he added.
“At Cox, we believe in equity and justice for everyone, and Touro’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion aligns perfectly with that,” Stevens said.
Shivani Venkatesh, a second-year student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and a member of the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI), was on hand for the check presentation. She said having more diversity is critical, especially when it comes to representation in healthcare.
“I think it’s important for patients to see providers who look like them,” she said. “Through CDEI, we’ve been able to plan events to help increase representation among students in healthcare.”
“I believe this gift can provide more resources to help other students and bring more awareness around Touro to build on the initiatives we’re doing across campus,” said Elijah Boston, a student in the School of Occupational Therapy and a co-founder of Touro Nevada Stands for Justice. “I love that Touro has taken a stand in acknowledging that there is a need.”
In addition to providing a $5,000 gift to Touro, Cox has partnered with UNLV and the College of Southern Nevada for their commitments to diversity programming. Stevens said this is a fight for everyone, and he is encouraged by the collaboration across the Las Vegas Valley.
“To truly get us to a fair and just society, this has to be a group effort,” Stevens said. “The goal is to have equality ingrained in our minds, so we wake up every morning and know to be kind to one another. That’s what we hope to accomplish through these partnerships.”