LSU Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for the Sixth Time

BATON ROUGE – LSU has received the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This is the sixth year that LSU has been named as a HEED Award recipient.

 “Once again, it is an honor to receive this award. The recognition by a national organization of LSU’s commitment to and delivery of diversity initiatives and programs is a fine thing for us as an institution,” said LSU Chief Diversity Officer and Vice Provost for Diversity Dereck Rovaris Sr. “We are going to continue to work hard. There was much more competition this year than previous years, and so, it is even more of an honor to receive this award. We have done some good work and yet there remains much work to be done.”

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 80 other recipients, in the November 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected LSU’s Office of Diversity because of their commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion at LSU. The Office of Diversity’s vision includes providing enthusiastic leadership and support for faculty, staff and students. The Office of Diversity is committed to improving campus climate and preparing university citizens to be culturally aware, engaged locally and connected globally.

Diversity is fundamental to LSU’s mission and the university is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that embraces individual differences. The office works closely with university committees, commissions, task forces and affinity groups whose charge is to support underrepresented LSU community members.

“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. We take a holistic 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 accomplished every day across a campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

About the Office of Diversity
The Office of Diversity, or OoD, is a division of the Office of Academic Affairs committed to fostering inclusive educational opportunities and an equitable workforce environment at LSU. The office provides leadership to ensure that diversity is a vital component in all decision-making processes on all administrative, academic, budgetary and strategic planning fronts. The Office of Diversity ensures that LSU is actively recruiting and supporting a diverse student body while simultaneously recruiting and supporting faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. OoD is also responsible for supervising and guiding professional units whose purpose and mission is to promote understanding and respect for difference. These units include the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the African American Cultural Center and the Women’s Center.

LSU Diversity Statement
Diversity is fundamental to LSU’s mission and the university is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that embraces individual difference. Cultural inclusion is of highest priority. LSU recognizes that achieving national prominence depends on the human spirit, participation and dedicated work of the entire university community. The LSU mission will be realized by bringing together diverse ideas, perspectives, skills and talents of the nation’s pre-eminent scholars, brightest students and leading higher education professionals.

Through the Commitment to Community, LSU strives to create an inclusive, respectful, intellectually challenging climate that embraces individual difference in race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, spirituality, socio-economic status, disability, family status, experiences, opinions, and ideas. LSU proactively cultivates and sustains a campus environment that values open dialogue, cooperation, shared responsibility, mutual respect, and cultural competence – the driving forces that enrich and enhance cutting edge research, first-rate teaching, and engaging community outreach activities.

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Contact Kenya LeNoir Messer
LSU Office of Diversity


Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations