For the third consecutive year, The University of Texas at Austin has been honored with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
The award recognizes exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives and an institution’s ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. It honors institutions of higher education that recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as integral to their campus culture, said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity.
“The University of Texas at Austin is strongly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus that promotes a robust exchange of ideas, cross-racial and cross-cultural understanding, and the opportunity for all to participate,” said Gregory J. Vincent, UT Austin’s vice president for diversity and community engagement. “Receiving this recognition three years in a row reflects the strength of our commitment and success in enriching the campus culture through innovative initiatives that serve to educate the campus community and strengthen ethnic, cultural and intellectual diversity.”
HEED award recipients are selected based on a lengthy application that examines student and faculty demographics, graduation rates, course and degree offerings, student support services, diversity education initiatives, structures and policies that support diversity in all forms and cultural opportunities on campus, among other factors.
The university will be featured along with other HEED recipients in the November issue of INSIGHT into Diversity.
For more information about the university’s diversity initiatives, visit www.utexas.edu/diversity.