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ֱState receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award

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ֱState University has received the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from magazine. The HEED Award is a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“I chose acting on equity and racial justice to be the top strategic priority of my presidency at ֱState. Receiving the HEED award is a testament to the steps we have taken as a university to advance this endeavor,” says PSU President Stephen Percy. “When we work to eliminate persistent and structural racism, we ensure success for all students, more equitable working conditions for all employees and create an environment where people feel safe and can prosper.”

“This award is for all of the wonderful members of our community who are working tirelessly, many for a very long time, to ensure our aspirations in the areas of equity and justice are real and felt by our campus community. I thank you for your work, I honor all that you do and I am really grateful and proud to work with you,” says Ame Lambert, Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion. “There is much to do and we will keep at it, but this is a moment to recognize what is happening and what is working.”

Highlights of PSU’s accomplishments recognized by this award include:

“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 — leadership support for diversity, campus culture and climate, supplier diversity, and many other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“We take a detailed 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 done every day across their campus.”

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award, ֱState University will be featured, along with 102 other recipients, in the November 2022 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

For more about diversity, equity and inclusion at ֱState, visit /diversity/