HEED Award Testimonials

“Arizona State University is proud to receive the HEED Award, which recognizes our broad and simultaneous commitment to excellence and access. ASU’s promise of inclusivity is central to its mission as a New American University and is evident throughout its diverse and talented community.”

Michael M. Crow, President at Arizona State University

“Davenport is extremely honored to be a recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award again this year. We work hard to ensure Davenport University is a community where similarities and differences are respected and celebrated and multiple perspectives and diversity of thought are embraced.”

Dr. Rhae-Ann Booker, Executive Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Davenport University

“Highline Community College is honored to receive this award and be recognized for our belief in diversity and the work we do every day on our campus. Diversity is more than a program or an initiative at Highline; it is an institutional value.”

Dr. Jack Bermingham, President at Highline Community College

“We are pleased to be recognized with this prestigious award. The credit goes to the many students, faculty, staff and administrators who are engaged in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment at Kent State. We believe that the educational benefits of diversity promote bias-free understanding that supports the Kent State mission to change lives. It is a source of pride to become one of 56 colleges and universities to be honored with the 2013 HEED Award.”

Alfreda Brown, Ed.D., Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kent State University

“The Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach is proud to be included among the elite in higher education within diversity and inclusion initiatives. We have a talented team who puts our constituents first. Their passion, commitment, and actions clearly define LSU’s commitment to our Flagship Agenda 2020: Transforming Lives, and I am privileged to apart of such a wonderful team.”

Kenneth O. Miles, Interim Vice Provost for Equity, Diversity and Community Outreach at Louisiana State University

“Penn State is proud of its long commitment to diversity and inclusion. We are honored to be recognized as a national leader in diversity strategic planning, and we thank the students, faculty, staff and administration who have worked to meet our diversity goals. We remain committed to an inclusive future at Penn State.”

Rodney Erickson, President at Penn State University

“The HEED Award makes a wonderful statement about Princeton’s success in creating an inclusive campus environment and reflects the hard work and commitment of many individuals all across the University.”

Michele Minter, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity at Princeton

“Recognitions such as the HEED Award affirm our efforts to build and sustain an open, diverse and inclusive community.”

Earl H. Potter III, President at St. Cloud State University

“This is an important honor for us, because it emphasizes that the message is inclusive excellence. Earning the HEED award two years in a row is a tribute to our faculty, staff and students. They promote an environment that welcomes all members of the SIU community and encourages their active participation in the life of the university.”

Rita Cheng, Chancellor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

“This is a great honor and one that the university is very proud of. The award is a recognition of the important work individuals across the campus do to live out the university’s mission of supporting a diverse and inclusive environment for our students, faculty and staff.”

Dr. Joy Lei, Chief Diversity and Inclusivity Officer at University of La Verne

“We’re delighted that the University has received this award. The HEED award recognizes the accomplishments we have made thus far to establish an institutional culture that supports diversity and multiculturalism by fostering an environment where diversity in all of its forms is investigated, explained, practiced, celebrated, affirmed and vigorously pursued.”

Dr. Martha Warfield, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Western Michigan University

“Winning this award is a powerful indicator of how far we have come with regard to diversity and inclusion. But also it should motivate us as a campus community to strive to make even greater progress in the future.”

Barbara Stewart, Associate Dean for Campus Climate and Diversity at University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse