Central Michigan University today received a 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
The HEED award is a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Eighty-three colleges and universities were recognized this year.
“At Central Michigan University, we are proud of our commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion amongst our faculty, staff and students,” said Traci Guinn, executive director of the CMU Center for Inclusion and Diversity. “Our commitment is exemplified through our programs, curriculum and practices.”
CMU’s Institutional Diversity office is comprised of six units:
- Multicultural Academic Student Services works closely with diverse student groups and offers academic, social and recreational activities.
- The Office of Diversity Education coordinates diversity training and workshops.
- The Office of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Services coordinates programs, presentations, forums and services related to sexual orientation/identity and gender identify/expression.
- Native American Programs focuses on the recruitment and retention of Native American students.
- 4S Pathways to Academic Student Success program, which offers support services to low-income and first-generation students.
- Student Transition Enrichment Program provides support services for first-generation and low-income students who transfer from Bay Mills Community College, Delta College, Lansing Community College, Mid Michigan Community College and Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College.
- Upward Bound, a federally funded precollege program, works directly in two Detroit high schools to help prepare students for successful college careers.
- MI GEAR UP, also known as Michigan Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, facilitates student tutoring and mentoring and offers workshops on college preparation and financial aid.
“We hope the HEED award serves as a way to honor those institutions of higher education that recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as part of their everyday campus culture,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.