LSU Receives National Diversity Award for Fifth Consecutive Year

September 14, 2016

BATON ROUGE – INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, announced the 83 recipients of its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity – or HEED – Award. For the fifth year in a row, LSU was among that number.

LSU is also one of only three Southeastern Conference schools – the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina also made the list – and the only school in Louisiana to receive the honor.

The HEED Award is the only national award for U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The 2016 honorees will be featured in the magazine’s 2016 issue.

Award selections were made based on each institution’s “exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives that focus on all aspects of diversity, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.

“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. “While we look at numbers and expect continued improvement for those schools that receive the HEED Award year after year, we also use a holistic approach in reviewing each application.

“Our standards are high and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campuses.”

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business