Students walking on campus.
Students walking on campus.

For the eighth year, UofL has been named a recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. UofL also has earned second-year-in-a-row recognition as a Health Professions HEED Award winner.

The Cardinals have proven leadership as a two-time Diversity Champion, a distinction given to institutions scoring in the top tier of all HEED Award winners. Diversity Champions set the standard for thousands of other campus communities striving for diversity and inclusion.

“We are honored by this recognition. UofL remains steadfast in our anti-racism commitment to provide education that is fair, just and true, and is inclusive of our multiple identities, but there is still much more work to do,” said V. Faye Jones, interim senior associate vice president for diversity and equity.

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award, UofL will be featured, along with 100 other recipients, in the November 2021 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“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.”

Other recipients of the 2021 HEED Award are:

  • Adelphi University
  • Agnes Scott College
  • Arkansas State University
  • Ball State University
  • Binghamton University
  • Broward College
  • California State University Fullerton
  • California State University San Marcos
  • California State University, Fresno
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Central Washington University
  • Clemson University
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Davenport University
  • East Carolina University
  • El Paso County Community College District
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Hudson County Community College
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • James Madison University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kansas State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Kent State University
  • Lehigh University
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Miami University
  • Millersville University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Pikes Peak Community College
  • Regis College
  • Rice University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rockland Community College
  • Rowan University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Seminole State College of Florida
  • Shippensburg University
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Southwestern Law School
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Stockton University
  • Suffolk University
  • SUNY Old Westbury
  • Swarthmore College
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Tech University
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Tulsa
  • Towson University
  • UNC Greensboro
  • Union College
  • University at Albany
  • University of California System UC Office of the President
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Houston
  • University of Houston Law Center
  • University of Houston-Downtown
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • University of North Florida
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pittsburgh of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
  • University of Rochester
  • University of West Florida
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia University
  • William & Mary
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

More information about the 2021 HEED Award is available online here