Hodges University has 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— Hodges University will be featured along with 47 other recipients in an upcoming issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
“We are extremely honored to be recognized among some of the nation’s finest institutions by receiving this award,” said President Terry McMahan. “INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected Hodges University based on our institution’s exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and include all aspects of diversity including gender, race, ethnicity and people with disabilities.
“Diversity and inclusion has been a mission principle of this institution for many years. Specifically, our English as a Second Language program is represented by over 30 countries, forty percent of our total student body is comprised of Hispanic students, and each year we celebrate the diversity of the entire community by hosting our annual Diversity Festival. It is great to have these and other diversity initiatives recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity.”
“We hope the HEED award serves as a reminder that diversity and inclusion must remain priorities in the 21st century higher education landscape,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “Every college and university should recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as being part of their everyday life on campus. 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.”
In receiving this award, Hodges University joins several other institutions around the country, including Case Western Reserve University, Ferris State University, Georgia State University, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Central Florida and Wake Forest University.
For more information about the HEED award, visit INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s website at www.insightintodiversity.com.
For more information about Hodges University, visit www.hodges.edu.