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UC Earns INSIGHT Into Diversity’s Excellence In Diversity Award


The University of Cincinnati is among the inaugural class of universities honored for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Date: 11/16/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Greg Hand
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UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati is among the inaugural recipients of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity 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, the University of Cincinnati will be featured along with the other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s December issue. 

Mitchel D. Livingston
Mitchel D. Livingston

"We are honored to be selected by the INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award,” said Mitchel D. Livingston, UC Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer. “This tribute recognizes many members across the depth and breadth of the university who created a five-year diversity plan with a structured system of accountability to ensure its success.  Many hands were at the oars of making ours a more diverse, inclusive and caring community.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected the University of Cincinnati based on UC’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, including all aspects of diversity including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community. In particular, UC was selected because of the work of the President’s Diversity Council to identify specific strategies to enhance the curricular and co-curricular dimensions of diversity throughout the institution.

“This comprehensive approach not only has a system of accountability, it is designed to be transparent and accessible to all who care to make their own unique contributions to our community,” Livingston said.

Among the programs highlighted in materials submitted to INSIGHT Into Diversity were descriptions of the STEER Mentoring Program created in collaboration with Procter & Gamble and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the creation of UC’s LGBTQ Center, the success of the Annual Diversity Conference, UC’s Diversity Incentive Grants, and enhancements to UC’s supplier diversity program.

“We hope the HEED award serves as a reminder that diversity and inclusion must remain priorities in the 21st century higher education landscape.  Every college and university should recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as being part of their everyday life on campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.  “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.”

For more information about the HEED award, visit INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s website at www.insightintodiversity.com