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RIT Receives 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

By Staff


RITRochester Institute of Technology’s Division for Diversity and Inclusion has received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, RIT officials stated. This is the second consecutive year the school has been named as a HEED Award recipient.

RIT will be featured, along with other award recipients, in the magazine’s November 2015 issue, for demonstrating outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Kevin McDonald, vice president and associate provost for diversity and inclusion at RIT, said it was an honor to receive the HEED Award, and to be nationally recognized among leading universities for its diversity and inclusion initiatives.

“RIT is truly a special place, and this award represents a collective effort of our community to weave diversity and inclusion into the very fabric of our institution,” McDonald stated.

The school’s Division for Diversity and Inclusion consists of the Office for Faculty Recruitment, the Multicultural Center for Academic Success, the McNair Scholars Program, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, the Future Stewards Program, the Higher Education Opportunity Program, the I’m First Program, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

According to officials, the HEED Award measures an institution’s level of achievement, and intensity of commitment, in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.

RIT was selected based on its diversity and inclusion initiatives, and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on the campus.

“We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED award recipient,” Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, stated. “Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across a campus.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

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