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Diversity Award honoree wants to help change campus culture

As president and chief executive officer of California-based OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Paul Hastings has helped improve the lives of people around the world through his work in the biotechnology industry.

As the first member of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community to receive the University of Rhode Island’s Diversity Award for Lifetime Achievement, Hastings is hoping to change the culture on campus.

Hastings will be honored and will serve as the featured speaker at the University’s 13th Annual Diversity Awards banquet to be held at the Memorial Union Ballroom, Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. The event is coordinated by the Multicultural Center, the Office of Community, Diversity, and Equity, the Diversity Awards Committee, the Office of Affirmative Action, Equity, and Diversity, and the Graduate School.

“It was a surprise, a pleasant surprise,” Hastings said. “In my career, I have been on the receiving end of recognition for a...


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