INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine Announces Recipients of Its 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

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National Recognition of Diversity and Inclusion Efforts at U.S. Colleges and Universities

St. Louis, Mo., August 31, 2016 — INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, HEED_logo2016
the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, announced today the 83 recipients of its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The HEED Award is the only national honor for U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The 2016 honorees will be featured in the magazine’s November 2016 issue.

HEED Award institutions were selected based on their exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives that focus on all aspects of diversity, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community. Award recipients for 2016 include community colleges, public and private schools, baccalaureate-granting institutions, graduate schools, and one school system.

“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” says Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “While we look at numbers and expect continued improvement for those schools that receive the HEED Award year after year, we also use a holistic approach in reviewing each application. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus.”

Recipients of the 2016 HEED Award are:

Anne Arundel Community College
Arizona Summit Law School
Augusta University
Ball State University
California State University San Marcos
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Northridge
Capital Community College
Case Western Reserve University
Central Michigan University
Cleveland State University
Columbia University in the City of New York*
Cuyahoga Community College
Davenport University
DePaul University
East Carolina University
Eastern Kentucky University
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
El Paso County Community College District
Florida Coastal School of Law
Florida State University*
Framingham State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Highline College
Houston Community College
Indiana University-Bloomington
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Kansas State University
Kennesaw State University*
Kent State University*
Louisiana State University and Agricultural 
    and Mechanical College
Metropolitan State University of Denver*
Miami Dade College
Millersville University
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)
Oklahoma State University
Rochester Institute of Technology*
Saint Louis University
San Diego State University
Seminole State College of Florida
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Southwestern Law School
St. Cloud State University
Stockton University
SUNY Buffalo State College
SUNY System Administration
Texas Tech University*
The Pennsylvania State University*
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The University of Georgia
The University of South Carolina
The University of Texas at Austin*
The University of Toledo
Union College in New York
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Central Florida*
University of Cincinnati*
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Houston
University of Houston Law Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Louisville
University of Maryland University College
University of Massachusetts Boston
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Florida
University of Oklahoma
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of West Florida
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University*
West Virginia University
Western Michigan University
Whitworth University
Widener University

*Also a 2016 INSIGHT Into DiversityDiversity Champion” school