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INSIGHT Into Diversity Congratulates the 2013 Higher Education Excellence In Diversity Award Honorees

INSIGHT Into Diversity Congratulates the

2013 Higher Education Excellence

In Diversity Award Honorees

Representatives from each of our 2013 HEED Award institutions were
invited to share a brief message with our readers about what diversity means on their individual campuses. Many wonderful programs are underway to advance diversity and inclusion, and the passion with which they’re carried out is inspiring. We’re proud of our 2013 HEED Award honorees and invite you to read about their success.

Alcorn State University
ALCORNAlcorn State University students
Alcorn State University is committed to fostering an inclusive campus community and infusing the principles of diversity and equity throughout all domains of institutional operation.  Through the innovative efforts of the Office of Educational Equity and Inclusion, Office of Global Programs, and Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the university offers dynamic programs and services that ensure that all students maximize their potential and gain the cross-cultural skills needed for success in their future endeavors.

Alliant International University
Alliant International University is a private not-for-profit accredited institution, offering undergraduate, Master’s, and doctoral professional practice degrees across five schools: psychology, law, forensic studies, education, and business and management. We have 10 campuses worldwide: seven in California, as well as locations in Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Japan.  Our mission is to empower our students to develop the professional edge—multicultural and international competency—that will set them apart, both locally and globally, in their areas of professional practice.

Arizona State University
Arizona State University (ASU), the largest public university in the U.S., is located in the Phoenix metropolitan area. ASU educates over 76, 000 students studying in over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. ASU has experienced remarkable growth in minority enrollment and graduation rates. In 2010-2011, ASU was No. 1 among all public research universities in the nation for total degree production. Additionally, ASU continues to be among the top public research universities for minority degree production.     

California State University, Los Angeles
Congratulations to the California State University, Los Angeles community on its HEED Award! Located in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, Cal State L.A. is honored to serve one of the most diverse student populations in the nation. Diversity on campus is more than a demographic study with positive results. By promoting cross-cultural understanding, breaking down stereotypes, and ensuring growth opportunities, the University’s traditionally diverse faculty, staff, and students find a sense of belonging and success.

Capital Community CollegeCAPITAL-CCCapital Community College’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion
“Capital Community College (CCC) in Hartford, Conn., is proud of its ongoing endeavor to weave and integrate the city’s rich and diverse culture into every fabric of the classroom and student life. This commitment of ongoing cultural interlacing is what brings me to work on a daily basis. The halls echo and parade the beauty of our culture and inclusivity. It is with great pride that CCC has been honored with the HEED Award in 2012 and 2013.” ~ Maria Sparmer, Professor and Chair, Committee for Diversity and Inclusion

Case Western Reserve University
Now in its third year, Case Western Reserve University’s award-winning “Train the Champion Program” added a new component: a visit to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, to encourage staff and faculty to further explore religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity. The University, which hosts two annual receptions for underrepresented students, faculty, and staff, also added a new Viewpoint Forum—providing dialogue on controversial issues from divergent viewpoints—to its “Power of Diversity” series. 

Community College of Alleghany County
The Community College of Allegheny County is proud to be a recipient of the HEED Award in relation to our sustained commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives. As an educational community, CCAC is committed to fostering a culture that supports diversity through our Transformative Inclusion initiative. In an ever expanding global society, it is critical for college communities to promote cross-cultural understanding and support for a more robust climate of equity.

CUNY School of Law
CUNY School of Law has been ranked the second most diverse law school in the nation. More than 40 percent of our students are people of color, and more than 45 percent are first- or second-generation immigrants. Our unique Pipeline to Justice program enhances our diverse community. Our Pipeline prepares underrepresented students to enter CUNY Law and ensures that they graduate with the tools they need to excel in the profession.

Cuyahoga Community College
The Cuyahoga Community College Office of Human Resources created an Inclusivity Advisory Committee (IAC) to foster diversity and inclusion throughout the College. The IAC, composed of a cross-section of the College’s administration, faculty, and staff, serves as the pulse of campus climate and culture. The IAC is working to identify barriers to employees while also ensuring that people feel engaged, welcomed, and valued.

Davenport University
Davenport University is helping nearly 11,000 students across Michigan and online to achieve undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, technology, and health professions. With one of the most diverse student bodies in the state, the institution considers diversity initiatives integral to its vision.  In the past year, 96 percent of more than 700 faculty and staff members participated in diversity, equity, and inclusion training, with online training launched to reach additional key audiences.  

East Carolina University
Through innovations in health care, the arts and STEM education, ECU has created an environment that promotes success and prepares students to perform in a diverse and global society. At East Carolina University — despite our differences in ideologies, race, ethnicity, religion, color, and employee classification — we are all Pirates, and it takes the entire university community to fulfill the mission of this University. At East Carolina University, tomorrow starts here.

El Paso County Community College
El Paso Community College (EPCC) Diversity Programs promotes “A Spirit of Diversity and Inclusion,” an environment of mutual respect and tolerance by increasing cultural awareness and embracing our differences. This has been a priority of EPCC since its inception in 1969. Supporting the QEP theme of “Learning about the Community as a Community,” a sample of our activities include: Black History; Hispanic Heritage; Native American Heritage; International Fulbright Scholars; Women’s History; and LBGT training.

Emory University
The Public Voices Fellowship at Emory is a collaboration between the University and The OpEd Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of female and minority voices in the public sphere by training experts to become public thought leaders. The larger public scholarship initiative of which the fellowship is a part will ultimately touch at least 500 scholars and significantly increase the diversity of Emory voices in the public realm.

Gadsden State Community College
Gadsden State Community College is proud to be recognized as a recipient of the 2012 and 2013 HEED Award.  We salute the Office of Diversity & Compliance for the successful completion of the College’s first five-year Diversity Plan. The implementation of our diversity goals and initiatives have provided an environment for the College and community with a respect for the importance of multiculturalism and the continuing acceptance of differences in others.  

Georgia Regents University
Georgia Regents University (GRU) has a strategic priority to “provide sustained commitment to diversity and inclusion across all missions.” In order to deliver the highest quality education, services, and care, we must leverage our distinct talents and experiences. By building on a foundation facilitated by ongoing cultural competency education, GRU has created policies and practices that enhance inclusiveness and civility, promote community and international cultural activities, and improve efforts to reduce population-based disparities.

Highline Community College
Highline Community College, the most diverse institution of higher education in Washington, serves 70 percent students of color, representing over 35 nations and more than 100 languages. Highline prides itself on its commitment to diversity, its institutional culture of collegiality and innovation, its globalization of curricula, and its inclusion of the community in its programming. The college community strives to maintain a campus climate that integrates equity, inclusion, and social justice as core values.

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) commits itself to diversity as it relates to awareness, education, and practice at every level of the institution, and believes that a diverse campus community enriches the educational and scholarly environment by bringing varied interests, experiences, and perspectives to the teaching, learning, and creative activities that constitute its core mission. New ideas and concepts that flow from diversity are vital to IUPUI’s commitment to becoming a top-tier, world-class institution.

Kent State University
Diversity and inclusion are important priorities at Kent State University. With our Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Kent State strives for a state of inclusiveness where all individuals feel welcomed and encouraged to achieve their fullest potential. Through engaging and collaborating with constituents across eight campuses and within the greater community, we maximize individual and collective contributions, creating an environment that welcomes diversity of thought, continuous personal growth, academic attainment, and above-average achievement.

Louisiana State University
In May 2013, Louisiana State University (LSU) opened a new and expanded African American Cultural Center and Women’s Center. Each 5,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility provides students, faculty, staff, and the community with tangible illustrations of the University’s commitment to diversity.  These new facilities place LSU among an exclusive group of colleges and universities to have freestanding Cultural Centers.

Michigan Technological University
Michigan Tech’s diversity efforts have attracted 906 women engineering students—the most ever—and the highest-ever domestic minority enrollment. A new Diversity Council; faculty, staff, and student programs to expand appreciation of diversity; and a commitment to build equity and encourage an atmosphere of inclusion are helping enhance campus diversity.

Millersville University
The goal of Millersville University’s Office of Social Equity and Diversity is to provide leadership for campus equity and diversity issues and serve as advocates for students and employees by fostering a campus climate that is free of harassment and discrimination. We believe it is critical for the University to create and maintain a community environment that respects individual needs, abilities, and potential.

Moraine Valley Community College
Moraine Valley Community College places a high priority on diversity.  To that end, the College hosts its yearly dialogue on promoting diversity and inclusion, now in its fourth year. Annually, approximately 100 participants engage in discussions about how to create and expand opportunities to foster and advance diversity and inclusion in the 26 suburban communities that comprise the district served by Moraine Valley and throughout the region.  

New Mexico State University
As stated in Vision 2020, New Mexico State University honors and respects its land-grant mission, its designation as a Hispanic and minority-serving institution, and the sovereign relationship between our American NMSUNew Mexico State University faculty and studentsIndian Pueblos, Nations and Tribes, and the United States. Diversity contributes directly to the quality of learning for all who participate in higher education, and full engagement of our community across social and cultural differences is crucial.

Ohio State University
In September 2013, The Ohio State University dedicated the newly renovated Hale Hall, named in honor of legendary educator Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr.  Hale Hall houses the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and its three centers: The Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center, the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, and the Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research.

Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University is committed to ensuring that everyone who comes to its campus feels welcome, respected, and valued. The University is making solid progress in becoming more diverse. Since 2009, undergraduate minority enrollment has jumped 58 percent and minority graduate enrollment has increased 49 percent. Graduation is the ultimate success, and the number of minority students earning a degree is up 24 percent. Oklahoma State consistently leads the nation in graduating Native American students.

Palo Alto University
Palo Alto University is grateful to be a recipient of the 2013 INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Award. At PAU, diversity training is integrated throughout the
curriculum for all of our degree programs; diversity competencies are assessed in coursework, practicum training, exams, internships, and research.  We envision PAU becoming a national model for culturally competent clinical psychology training programs. PAU thanks its Diversity Committee for its consistent, tireless efforts to maintain the University’s commitment to diversity.

Penn State University
The Pennsylvania State University is proud of its long commitment to diversity and inclusion, and we thank all of the students, faculty, staff, and administration who have helped make our inclusive excellence goals a success and advance us as a national leader in diversity strategic planning. With emphasis on campus climate, student recruitment and success, curricular integration, and institutional viability and vitality, our institution is committed to an inclusive future.

Princeton University
Princeton University is a community devoted to learning. We actively seek students, faculty, and staff of exceptional ability and promise who share in our commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship and who will bring a diversity of viewpoints and cultures. By incorporating a broad range of experiences and perspectives, we enlarge our capacity for learning, enrich our community, and better prepare for life and leadership in a pluralistic world.

Saginaw Valley State University
The Inclusion Advocate Program (IAP) is the formal diversity training Saginaw Valley State University offers faculty and staff who are part of search-hiring committees. The purpose of the IAP is to advance the University’s strategic goal of “promoting a diverse faculty and staff.”  Since fall 2009, every faculty and staff search committee has included an Inclusion Advocate as part of its committee; the IA role is a formal part of the University hiring process.

San Diego State University
At San Diego State University, students from all backgrounds are achieving academic excellence. Steady improvement in graduation and retention rates spans all genders and ethnicities, including students from historically underrepresented groups. SDSU’s fall 2013 freshman class reflects the university’s extraordinary diversity with 59 percent self-identifying as students of color. In US News and World Report’s 2013 compilation of America’s Best Colleges, SDSU ranked No. 20 for ethnic diversity and No. 14 among up-and-coming schools.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Illinois University Carbondale is honored to receive INSIGHT into Diversity’s 2013 HEED Award. We appreciate the recognition of our commitment to all aspects of diversity: gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community. Inclusive excellence can be achieved when there is a recognition and celebration of our differences. There is still work to be done, but we are moving forward, as this award acknowledges.

Southwestern Law School
Since its founding in 1911, Southwestern has sought to make a comprehensive legal education accessible to all qualified applicants and to contribute to diversity in the legal profession. Today, minority enrollment in the law school consistently constitutes over 35 percent of the student body, while women make up just over 50 percent. Southwestern students, faculty and staff are diverse in gender, race, age, ethnicity, country of origin, and sexual orientation.

St. Cloud State University
The Advanced Preparation Program is an award-winning initiative implemented by St. Cloud State’s Multicultural Student Services to assist students with the initial transition from high school to college. Over 26 years, more than 675 APP participants have engaged in a real-life college experience prior to their first fall semester by enrolling in college courses for credit, learning about the many opportunities to become involved in campus life, and making lasting friendships.

SUNY, Buffalo State College
SUNY Buffalo State is an institution of access. Students from all backgrounds, including many first-generation students, succeed due to faculty and staff commitment. We further demonstrate this commitment by providing civic and service learning engagement, international educational experiences, and mini-grants to faculty for academic programs and community projects that herald diversity. They include Global Book Hour, serving culturally diverse schoolchildren, and the Anne Frank Project, exploring social justice through storytelling and the arts.

SUNY System
SUNYSUNY System students“SUNY nurtures diversity in its communities, respects individuality, and embraces inclusion through our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and on 64 college campuses across New York. We are deeply proud of the unique talents and varied perspectives that our students and faculty bring to SUNY. Thanks to the many SUNY champions who make ‘diversity count’ in the SUNY educational experience.” ~ SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, PhD

Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University is dedicated to creating an environment that allows all members of the University community to be academically and professionally successful. Through a focus on inclusive excellence, the University prepares faculty, staff, and students to be ethical leaders in a diverse and globally competitive world. This focus has led to recognition by many prestigious groups, including Education Trust, Hispanic Outlook, Best Colleges website, and of course, INSIGHT Into Diversity.

Union College, New York
Union College promotes collective responsibility for diversity and celebrates a rich spectrum of identities, perspectives, and values. Key to Union’s success is an organizational structure that places the chief diversity officer as an active member of the president’s staff. This ensures that inclusiveness is part of the College’s strategic decision-making, collective dialogue, and an integral part of campus culture. Union has seen a 7 percent increase in the diversity of its student body in less than six years.

University of Akron
The University of Akron’s commitment to inclusive excellence is evidenced in its wide variety of programs and services, including our Black Male Summit. Now in its seventh year, the Black Male Summit convenes national thought leaders to provide insights, analysis, and solutions to critical issues affecting black males’ higher education success. The 2014 program, with keynoter Steve Harvey, will include 9th, 10th and 11th grade students to engage young people earlier and help them achieve their educational goals.

University of California, San Francisco
At the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), diversity is an institutional priority. Each year, our Inside UCSF Program attracts over 80 students from across the U.S with the focus of increasing the admissions of underrepresented minority students to UCSF. This year, we welcomed two former participants to our incoming class in the School of Medicine and the  School of Dentistry. We congratulate our Inside UCSF participants and the UCSF team who makes this unique event possible.

University of California, Santa Barbara
UC Santa Barbara is proud to be a recipient of several diversity awards, including seven Minority Access, Inc. Awards and the 2012 and 2013 INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Awards. We believe “Diversity and Excellence” are inextricably linked. We owe our success to the strong commitment of our faculty, students, staff and administrators for diversity issues. The leadership exemplified by Chancellor Henry T. Yang and Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas is superb. We thank our UC Santa Barbara campus community for its continued support.

University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati is a world-renowned urban campus that celebrates differences in an intellectually stimulating environment; seeks understanding across social, economic, and cultural barriers; pursues transformation through sustained interaction with others; and empowers all members of the community. We strive to create a climate that welcomes all facets of the world to enrich the collegiate experience and support our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and patients.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices, is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s commitment to cultivating a community where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Inclusive Illinois showcases the ways in which the University demonstrates its commitment, celebrates its achievements, and educates the campus and the community about diversity and inclusivity. Inclusive Illinois is about appreciating difference to make a difference. At Illinois, we embrace difference because we value it.
University of La VerneLAVERNEUniversity of La Verne students
The University of La Verne offers a distinctive and relevant educational experience to a diverse population of traditional-age, adult, and graduate learners. Our commitment to and proven record of the academic success of our students are based on Diversity and Inclusivity, one of the University’s four core values. As a community, faculty and staff from all parts of the campus are dedicated to upholding integrity and institutional excellence through the strengths of diversity.

University of Maryland, Baltimore
The Diversity Advisory Council hosted a university-wide open house for 700 potential students. “Not only were we able to attract a large number of talented, diverse, and interested future applicants for all of our schools and academic programs,” says Administrative Affairs and Compliance Associate Dean José Bahamonde-González, “but as a team we succeeded in presenting and promoting the University as one University with seven schools—with diversity as one of its core values.”

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
At the University of Minnesota, we are working toward an institution where equity and diversity are woven into the work and the lives of every student, faculty, and staff member. As a core institutional value, equity and diversity infuse and inform thinking, policies, and practices throughout the University — from mission statements to strategic plans to student admissions to hiring, promotion and tenure.  The University of Minnesota sees “diversity as everyone’s everyday work.”

University of Mississippi Medical CenterUMMC
The University of Mississippi Medical Center appreciates that diversity and inclusion are vital to realizing our vision and mission. We believe harnessing the strength inherent in our diversity will stimulate innovation, encourage creative problem-solving, and provide richness to the learning environment and community. We accomplish this through our pipeline recruitment model that allows us to literally plant seeds and “grow” our future healthcare practitioners, and by engaging our communities as assets as well as patients.

University of Missouri - St. Louis
The University of Missouri - St. Louis has many guiding principles—none more important than civility, diversity, and inclusion. As one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse campuses in Missouri, we are committed to maintaining an engaging climate where the talents of UMSLUniversity of Missouri - St. Louis 50th Jubileediverse faculty, staff, and students flourish. Members of our community engage in civil and constructive discourse, reasoned thought and sustained dialogue in an environment of respect and appreciation.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s mission is to build an inclusive, collaborative, and responsive institution that makes a difference in the lives of the students and communities it serves. With ethnic minorities making up 26 percent of the student body, UNCG is the most diverse of the UNC system’s historically white campuses. UNCG has graduated black students at similar or higher rates than white students for more than a decade.

University of the Rockies
For University of the Rockies, diversity is an institutional core value. Diversity means we encourage students of all cultures and experiences to seek higher learning opportunities and learn from one another. We foster an environment of inclusion for our students, staff, and faculty. It is the difference we make in people’s lives. At University of the Rockies, diversity is more than just our mission statement — it is who we are.

University of South Carolina - Columbia
Now more than ever, the University of South Carolina cultivates leadership, developing new generations of bold thinkers and committed problem solvers who live by a solemn promise. At USC, students, faculty, staff, and administrators abide by the Carolinian Creed, a pledge to respect others, value differences, and celebrate diversity. It is the foundation for innovative student engagement programs and pioneering initiatives that challenge the conventional and create the exceptional.

University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin has one of the most comprehensive units for diversity in the nation. UT Austin’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) advances socially just learning and working environments that foster a culture of excellence through diverse people, ideas, and perspectives. The DDCE works in four strategic areas: campus culture, PreK-16 education pipeline, community engagement, and research.

University of Toledo
“Diversity is one of the University of Toledo’s key core values and it is demonstrated through our actions.  This year has brought us new opportunities to make a difference and effectively enhance both academic and professional development of our students, faculty, and staff.  We are part of the communities we serve and those communities make us great.” ~ Lloyd Jacobs, PhD, President, University of Toledo.

University of Virginia
Diversity stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence as a cornerstone of University culture. The University of Virginia promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. When people of different backgrounds come together, they exchange ideas, question assumptions, and broaden horizons for us all. A community rich in diversity affords every member UVAUniversity of Virginiaequal respect, providing a forum for understanding our differences as well as our commonalities.

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse is unique within our system. We have a team of professionals and students who are engaged in working toward a common goal of inclusive excellence. The beliefs related to this goal make inclusion the center of the University, the center of teaching, and the way in which we interact with one another.  I Am UW-L / United We Learn / United We Lead / United We Live

Virginia Tech University
Students and employees at Virginia Tech are bound by a commitment to uphold and fulfill the Principles of Community. Through the principles, we pledge collective responsibility to eliminate bias and create a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect. Affirmed by the board of visitors in 2005, the Principles of Community have been translated into 14 languages. They are prominently placed in classrooms and offices across campus as a reminder of our shared commitment.

Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University is a research university that offers nearly 250 degree programs to a diverse student body of 25,000 that includes 19.5 percent minority representation and students from 105 countries. Committed to supporting diversity in all its forms, the University has the most comprehensive program in the nation to serve former foster care youth, a tradition of outreach to students with disabilities, an active LGBT community, and one of the nation’s nine College Assistance for Migrants Programs.

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