About the HEED Award






The INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The 2015 HEED Awards recipients will be announced in our November 2015 issue.

The 2015 HEED Award application process is closed. 

You can view a sample 2015 application HERE.

What is the HEED Award?

The INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Award, open to all colleges and universities throughout the U.S., measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.

Applications are comprehensive, covering all aspects of campus diversity. One of our goals is to help schools assess their diversity efforts in an effort to build on their success and improve where necessary.

Who judges HEED Award applications?

Representatives of Potomac Publishing, Inc., the publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, evaluate applications.

Is there a fee to participate in the HEED Award application process?

Participation is free; there are no hidden costs.

When will the HEED Award recipients be announced?

Embargoed notification will be given to each of the 2015 HEED Award honorees this summer. The names will be officially announced in the November 2015 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Can any college or university apply for the award?

Yes. Whether your school is a community college, small liberal arts college or large private or state university, we encourage you to apply. We also encourage all graduate and professional schools to apply independently.

What is the application deadline?

Applications for the HEED Award must be submitted online by June 15, 2015.

What is the benefit of being selected as a HEED Award recipient?

The HEED Award – the only national designation of its kind – honors your school as an outstanding example of a college or university committed to making diversity and inclusion a top priority. Sharing this important recognition with your campus and community helps promote your school’s excellence in developing innovators and leaders for today’s global workforce.

What do HEED Award recipients receive?

Each institution honored with a HEED Award receives a certificate, plus complimentary access to the award logo for promotional use in print marketing materials and online.

Does application information provided by schools remain private during the evaluation process, and once HEED Awards are published?

INSIGHT Into Diversity will only publish overall results and only publish the names of honorees; a complete roster of applicants will not be released.