2014 HEED Award

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

St. Cloud State University is among 83 colleges and universities being recognized for an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion by INSIGHT Into Diversity’s 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards. This is the third year St. Cloud State has received the award.

The third-annual awards, given by the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, are being featured in the November issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity. The award recognizes exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives and the ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on university and college campuses. These efforts include gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community and others.

St. Cloud State is focused on recruiting a diverse student population. Students of color enrollment at the university has more than doubled since 2005. International students represent more than 80 countries.

“The mission of St. Cloud State University is ‘to prepare graduates for life, work and citizenship in the 21st century,’” said St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III. “To keep this promise to students, faculty and staff have built and maintain a healthy, multi-cultural learning community where students can develop global and cultural understanding. St. Cloud State and the community of St. Cloud are living laboratories in which students put classroom learning into practice.”

Some of the highlights from St. Cloud State’s HEED Award application include:

  • Partnerships between departments assist students from underrepresented backgrounds and improve graduation rates. Their efforts are being supported this year by a $200,000 College Success Grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation
  • Many departments incorporate diversity training into their student employee programs
  • Expanded accessible seating in the newly-refurbished Herb Brooks National Hockey Center
  •  Four dedicated lactation rooms added for new parents
  • Since 1992, the Respect and Responsibility Program has introduced new students to their role in creating an inclusive and safe campus by addressing sexual violence, diversity, inclusion and community
  • New students participate in the First-Year Experience Common Reading Program, which provides an academic transition experience through summer reading, associated assignments and book talks, classroom discussions and programming throughout the academic year. The common reading book for 2014-2015 is “Fire and Forget,” which is composed of stories by 15 writers who were directly involved in recent conflicts

 “We hope the HEED award serves as a way to honor those institutions of higher education that recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as part of their everyday campus culture,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. St. Cloud State is one of two universities in Minnesota to receive the 2014 HEED award.

St. Cloud State recognizes the importance of diversity and follows the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) diversity statement, which speaks to the system’s commitment to foster inclusiveness, understanding, acceptance and respect in a multicultural society.

St. Cloud State is one of just two universities in Minnesota to receive the 2014 HEED award.


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