Central Michigan University today announced the school has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award.
The HEED Award is a national accolade recognizing higher education institutions that demonstrate outstanding efforts on campus and make diversity and inclusion a top priority. The honor is open to all community colleges, undergraduate institutions and graduate schools. CMU is one of 83 institutions receiving the award this year.
"Diversity and an inclusive environment are part of creating a strong educational experience, where students learn, grow and graduate prepared to be global leaders in their field," said Carolyn Dunn, associate vice president for institutional diversity at CMU.
Judges from Potomac Publishing Inc. look at whether a college or university has significant achievements and dedication to broadening diversity and inclusion. The winning schools demonstrate their commitment through student recruitment and retention, degree completion, faculty and staff recruitment, student programs, and university initiatives.
CMU engages students, faculty and staff in diversity events and programs throughout the year through its Office for Institutional Diversity. Last December, CMU President George E. Ross kicked off the school's Walking Together series, which includes conversations on diversity and inclusion topics in and out of the classroom, with a town hall discussion. This fall, the university also launched IMPACT – an orientation program for first-year multicultural scholars. The inaugural year brought more than 200 students to campus early to learn about opportunities to be active leaders on campus and take advantage of student success resources.
A comprehensive assessment of diversity and inclusion on campus began earlier this year, demonstrating CMU's ongoing commitment and interest in continuing to strengthen these areas. The project will result in a report of recommendations later this year.
The HEED Award is sponsored and administered by Potomac Publishing Inc., publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Past and current recipients include Columbia University, DePaul University, Ball State University, Cornell University and the University of Virginia.