Alcorn State University receives INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine’s inaugural Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
November 16, 2012
by ASU Media Relations
Today, Alcorn State University received the first annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. 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 along with other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s December 2012 issue. Indeed, Alcorn stands as the only HBCU institution and 4-year university in Mississippi to be honored with this award.
“When it comes to diversity, there are no coincidences,” says Alcorn President M. Christopher Brown II as he explains the benefits of a supportive, responsive and an inclusive campus environment. “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.”
“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.”
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected Alcorn based on the institution’s exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, to include all aspects of diversity such as gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community. Specifically, the university’s strong programming efforts through the Office of Educational Equity and Inclusion – 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 distinguished Alcorn as a national leader.
“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 award, visit INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s website at www.insightintodiversity.com .