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Creighton's Pierce receives education award

The Urban League of Nebraska has awarded John E. Pierce the 2013 African-American Leadership Award in Education. Pierce is the associate vice president for Affirmative Action and Diversity Outreach at Creighton University, a position he has held for 25 years.

Pierce will receive the award at the 24th annual African-American Leadership Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at the Hilton Omaha preceded by a reception. The awards are designed to recognize the accomplishments and achievements of individuals who have made significant contributions to the city of Omaha. The awards are given out in various categories, including Business, Community, Education, Faith, Government and Health.

Pierce has worked at Creighton for 35 years. He is involved in numerous areas of the University including serving on the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Diversity Coordinating and Strategic Planning committees.

"I appreciate the support that Creighton has given me in allowing me to work with the community and share our resources especially in collaborating with agencies like the Urban League," Pierce said. "This is a cooperative effort of many individuals across campus, and it should be a group award."

Pierce is a member of the Nebraska chapter of the Urban League, and has worked on outreach and mission-related activities.

The Nebraska chapter of the Urban League was established in 1927. It offers unique programming and career services, education resources and health connections within a tri-county area.

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