FAU Receives 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

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Florida Atlantic University has received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from "INSIGHT Into Diversity" magazine.

By lisa metcalf | 9/21/2021

Florida Atlantic University has received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — FAU will be featured along with 100 other recipients in the November issue of the magazine.

“Education has been referred to as ‘the great equalizer’ and I’m proud that FAU is known as an institution where students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to succeed,” said FAU President John Kelly. “It’s an honor to receive the HEED Award in recognition of our ongoing efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive campus environment and move the needle toward racial equity.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected FAU for its high level of achievement and intensity of commitment to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs, and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.

“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 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.”

For more information about the 2021 HEED Award, visit insightintodiversity.com. For more information about FAU, visit www.fau.edu.