VANCOUVER, Wash. – INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, announced earlier this month that Washington State University Vancouver received one of its 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Awards. The award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“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.”

“I am very proud of the work faculty, staff and students have done to make WSU Vancouver a welcoming community that is committed to equity and inclusion. We have more work to do, but the HEED Award is evidence that we are moving in the right direction,” said WSU Vancouver Chancellor Mel Netzhammer.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Obie Ford III said WSU Vancouver strives to infuse equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the campus fabric. “The work to institutionalize and normalize equity in our practices, policies and processes is a community effort. It is critical work that is rooted in love; and we have a lot more to do and to give. I am humbled by this national recognition of our efforts and honored that WSU Vancouver is a recipient of the HEED Award,” he said.

Ninety-two 2019 HEED Award recipients will be featured in the November 2019 issue of Insight Into Diversity magazine.