LSU Receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for Third Year in a Row

09/12/2014 10:14 AM

BATON ROUGE – Enhancing diversity at LSU is a core institutional value. This month, LSU received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine – the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education – making it the third year in a row that the university has been named as a HEED Award recipient.   

LSU’s Office of Diversity oversees the diversity efforts of the university and is a division of the Office of Academic Affairs. Both offices are committed to fostering inclusive educational opportunities and an equitable workforce environment at LSU. The Office of Diversity is also responsible for supervising and guiding professional units whose purpose and mission is to promote understanding and respect for difference.

“In 2013-14, the Office of Diversity helped LSU achieve impressive gains in diversity that included graduating the largest classes of African Americans, Hispanics and female students in the history of LSU,” said Vice Provost for Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer Dereck Rovaris Sr. “We also had record numbers of students from underrepresented populations in our freshman class, with students from those groups making up 27.3 percent of the entering class.”

“LSU also has been recognized as the nation's leader in granting chemistry Ph.D.s to women and students from underrepresented groups. This type of success does not just happen. Many dedicated individuals made it happen,” he added.  

The Office of Diversity assists administrators, deans, department chairs/heads and directors in identifying and implementing policies and procedures to increase diversity in their respective areas; assist in building rapport among people who are different and reducing resistance to diversity initiatives; and provides evidenced-based principles and “best practices,” which strengthen knowledge awareness and skills for working and learning in a diverse educational community.

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, LSU will be featured along with 83 other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s November 2014 issue.

INSIGHT Into Diversity selected LSU based on exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, religion, veteran status, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community.

“LSU has an impressive number of programs and initiatives in place that provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff from all underrepresented groups. It is apparent that the commitment to diversity and inclusion is there for the long term,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity.

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Tara  Kistler 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014