"This is a place where all students can come and be themselves—free of judgment—and develop into citizen leaders."
Longwood University has recognized the trailblazing legacy of its first African-American graduate by naming the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in her honor.
The N.H. Scott Center for Diversity and Inclusion, approved Sept. 15, 2012 by the Board of Visitors, honors N.H. "Cookie" Scott '72, deputy director for administration for the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC).
Nancy H. Scott was born in Esmont, a small community in southern Albemarle County near Scottsville. She was raised by a single mom (her dad died when he was 37 and Cookie was 5) and moved to the Carytown section of Richmond just before entering school. Her family moved back to Albemarle County the summer before she entered high school. She attended segregated schools until her senior year of high school. "I had excellent teachers and guidance counselors in those segregated schools, and they were a significant part of my development," said Scott.
The naming of the N.H. Scott Center for Diversity and Inclusion refers to a lounge area in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which includes a mounted TV, a DVD player, computer space, work space for interns, and resources such as books, magazines and DVDs. Fourteen student organizations use the space for meetings and programming.
"We wanted to honor someone who is a diversity pioneer in Longwood's history, and we felt there was no better person than Cookie Scott," said Dr. Jamie R. Riley, director of diversity and inclusion. "She is a role model and a success story for not only minority students but all students. It is important to never forget her legacy at this university."
Through effective planning and collaboration within the University community, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion encourages and enhances student learning and personal development