WSU Vancouver receives Insight Into Diversity 2019 Heed Award

VANCOUVER, Wash. – INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, announced today 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. Recipients include:

  • Adelphi University
  • Arkansas State University
  • Augustana College (IL)
  • Ball State University
  • California State University, East Bay
  • California State University, Fresno
  • California State University Northridge
  • California State University San Marcos
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Central Washington University
  • Clemson University
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Davenport University
  • DePaul University
  • East Carolina University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • El Paso County Community College District
  • Florida State University
  • Framingham State University
  • Georgia State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Greenville Technical College
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Kansas State University
  • Kent State University
  • Lehigh University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Maryville University
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Millersville University
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Mississippi State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Northeastern University
  • Ohio University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Pikes Peak Community College
  • Princeton University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Seminole State College of Florida
  • Sonoma County Junior College District
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • State University of New York College of Cortland
  • SUNY Buffalo State College
  • SUNY Old Westbury
  • Swarthmore College
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Tech University
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • The University of Tulsa
  • Union College, NY
  • University at Albany, State University of New York
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Houston
  • University of Houston Law Center
  • University of Houston-Downtown
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Maryland School of Public Health
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Florida
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Pittsburgh of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Florida
  • University of West Florida
  • University of West Georgia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Washington State University Vancouver
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Michigan University
  • William & Mary
  • William Marsh Rice University
  • Winston Salem State University

For more information about the 2019 HEED Award, visit

About INSIGHT Into Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity and inclusion across higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as profiles of best practices and exemplary programs. Readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.

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