Nandita Das, Delaware State University associate professor of finance, was honored by Investment News as one of its 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Lifetime Achievement awardees.

Das — who has been a DSU College of Business faculty member since 2010 and is the founder and owner of Das Financial Health in Newark — was honored by the publication as a “See It, Be It Role Model” who has at least 10 years of experience in the finance industry.

The publication will formally present Das with the honor during its Oct. 9 Excellence In Diversity and Inclusion Awards Ceremony in New York City.

Das is also a full-time associate professor and director of the CFP Board’s Registered Financial Planning Program at Delaware State University, a Historically Black University.

If she sees a need that isn’t being met, she’ll develop a program to meet those needs. One example is the university’s Financial Planning Program, which she calls her “baby with a 26-month gestation period.”

She calls her students her “kids” because she is aware she often provides the only moral support they have during their education, as many are first-generation college attendees. When she takes students to professional conferences, they are often intimidated because they don’t see anyone who looks like them.

The Investment News award announcement can be found at bit.ly/2LCiSkz.