Published: Nov. 16, 2012

MSU wins diversity magazine award

Contact(s): Paulette Granberry Russell Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives office: (517) 353-3924 prussell@msu.edu

Michigan State University recently received the first Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

As a winner of the HEED award — a national award honoring U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — MSU will be featured along with 47 other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine's December 2012 issue.

“Michigan State University has a long history and tradition of valuing diversity and identifies inclusiveness as a core value,” said Paulette Granberry Russell, director of MSU’s Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. “Our efforts extend beyond our campus and Michigan State faculty, staff and students, to the broader society we serve.

“To be recognized for our efforts by Insight Into Diversity and its first Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award is validation of the work we do and reinforces our continuing commitment to inclusive excellence.”

MSU was selected based on its exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as all aspects of diversity including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community.

“We hope the HEED award serves as a reminder that diversity and inclusion must remain priorities in the 21st century higher education landscape,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “Every college and university should recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as being part of their everyday life on campus.”

For more information about the HEED award and a complete list of winners, visit www.insightintodiversity.com.

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