UC College of Allied Health Sciences receives Insight into Diversity 2022 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

Prestigious award given to health colleges showcasing a commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) is the recipient of the 2022 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. health colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion —UC CAHS will be featured, along with 64 other recipients, in the December 2022 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This is the 4th year in a row that UC CAHS has been named as a Health Professions HEED Award recipient.


This award comes after a new and expanded CAHS DEI team has taken over the college’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts after Monica Wilkins retirement. 

“CAHS is so excited to receive the HEED award for the fourth year in a row. CAHS is  committed tp providing a culture of inclusion and belonging for faculty, staff, and students,” says assistant dean of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Ebony Speakes-Hall, PhD, L-ISW. Speakes-Hall is a former faculty member in the School of Social Work and was named assistant dean at the start of the fall semester. 

Larisa Wright, M.Ed, is the college’s new Assistant Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. She started with CAHS earlier this summer. "As a new member of the DEI team, receiving the HEED award encourages me in our efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in our CAHS community," says Wright. 

The HEED award is a testament to the work CAHS has accomplished over the past year to make curricular improvements related to DEI topics, provide student support programs, and ensure faculty and staff have training and engagement activities. 

“The Health Professions 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 Health Professions HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for schools where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.”

About CAHS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

For more information about and to get involved with CAHS DEI initiatives and efforts, visit https://cahs.uc.edu/about/diversity-inclusion

About INSIGHT Into Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education today and is well-known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across their campuses. In addition to its online job board, INSIGHT Into Diversity 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. Current, archived, and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at insightintodiversity.com.

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