Over the past year, University of Georgia students, faculty and staff fanned across the state to help recruit historically underrepresented and first-generation students to the birthplace of public higher education. On campus, new programs were launched to promote the academic success of students from rural areas and to broaden the pipeline of students pursuing advanced STEM degrees.
These efforts, among many others, have been recognized at a national level through the 2018 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion, and 2018 marks the fifth consecutive year that UGA has been honored.
“I am proud that the University of Georgia has been recognized nationally for the fifth consecutive year with the HEED Award,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “A diverse and welcoming environment strengthens a university in innumerable ways, and I am grateful to our faculty, staff and students for their ongoing commitment to fostering a more inclusive community.”
“The enthusiasm with which members of the campus community embrace diversity in its many forms is inspiring,” said Michelle Cook, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and strategic university initiatives. “There is a real understanding that each of us plays a role in making this university the very best that it can be.”