Alcorn State University was named one of 48 recipients of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity’s inaugural (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
The public school in Lorman, Miss. was the only historically Black institution on the list which INSIGHT released Nov.13.
As a winner of the HEED award–a national award honoring U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—Alcorn will be featured in the publication’s December 2012 issue.
School officials say the honor is a testament to their deliberate and committed work to foster diversity—based on gender, race, ethnicity, military service, disabilities, and sexual identity and orientation—on their campus.
“We are thrilled to be selected for this prestigious award, as this recognition affirms the work that we all do at Alcorn to create a truly inclusive campus,” said Derek Greenfield, director of Educational Equity and Inclusion, in a statement.
The university was praised for the efforts of its Office of Educational Equity and Inclusion. Initiatives such as Unity Through Diversity Week, Diversity Champions, Courageous Conversations, Diversity Dialogue, Real Men Read, and the Diversity and Inclusion Arts and Lecture Series have made the school a national leader, officials said.
“When it comes to diversity, there are no coincidences,” stated Alcorn President M. Christopher Brown II of their efforts to create an inclusive campus environment and the benefits of that diversity. “Individuals and communities valuing one another is a clear indication of real understanding that exposure to a diverse community matters to provide access and opportunities beyond one’s own nurturing.”
The 2012 HEED winners came from diverse backgrounds and includes community colleges, large and small public and private schools, graduate and professional schools; and the State University of New York system.
A call for applications of the inaugural HEED award was announced in March 2012. Applications for the 2013 HEED award will be available April 1.
“We hope the HEED award serves as a reminder that diversity and inclusion must remain priorities in the 21st century higher education landscape. Every college and university should recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as being part of their everyday life on campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “Our students of today are the employees of tomorrow and the future of our country. As students begin to enter the workforce and a global society, they must first be surrounded by and supported by faculty and staff that understand the differences among cultures and their needs.”
For more information about the HEED awards, visit: http://www.insightintodiversity.com/heed-award