INSIGHT Recognizes 92 Colleges and Universities for Excellence in Diversity

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INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, announced Sept. 14, the 92 recipients of its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The HEED Award is the only national award honoring U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The 2015 honorees will be featured in the publication’s November 2015 issue.

HEED Award recipients were selected based on their institution’s exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives and include all aspects of diversity, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.

“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,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. 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 2015 HEED Award are:

Alamo Colleges
Alliant International University
Anne Arundel Community College
Arizona Summit Law School
Augsburg College
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Fresno
California State University San Marcos
Capital Community College
Case Western Reserve University
Central Washington University
City University of New York School of Law
Cleveland State University
College of Southern Maryland
Columbia University
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Community College of Philadelphia
Cornell University
Cuyahoga Community College
Davenport University
DePaul University
East Carolina University
Edinboro University
El Paso Community College
Estrella Mountain Community College
Florida Coastal School of Law
Florida State University
Framingham State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Highline College
Houston Community College
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Juniata College
Kansas State University
Kennesaw State University
Kent State University
Louisiana State University
Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
     at Marshall University
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Millersville University
Moraine Valley Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Oklahoma State University
Palo Alto University
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Raritan Valley Community College
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
San Diego State University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Seminole State College of Florida
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Southwestern Law School
St. Cloud State University
SUNY College at Buffalo
SUNY System
Texas Tech University
Union College
The University of Akron
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Francisco
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
University of Florida College of Dentistry
University of Georgia
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
University of Louisville
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of Memphis
     Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
University of Michigan Ross School of Business
University of Missouri–St. Louis
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Pennsylvania State University
University of the Rockies
University of South Carolina
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Toledo
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Virginia School of Medicine
University of West Florida
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Western Michigan University

A call for applications for the HEED Award was announced in March 2015. Award recipients include community colleges, public and private schools, baccalaureate-granting institutions, graduate and healthcare schools, and a school system. Applicants received a comprehensive assessment to determine each institution’s level of success with regard to diversity and inclusion among its students, suppliers, faculty, and administrative staff.