GRU receives prestigious diversity award

Georgia Regents University has received the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

The university was selected because of its wide array of diversity and inclusion polices and innovative initiatives that embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, said Dr. Kent Guion, GRU Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. The magazine specifically recognized the university’s Healthy Perspectives Program, which is designed to help students, faculty, and staff build self-awareness and improve communications skills in cross-cultural situations.

“This recognition is a wonderful affirmation of our enterprise-wide strategic commitment to demonstrating respect and including multiple perspectives in all aspects of our work and educational environments,” Guion said.

As a recipient of the award — a national honor recognizing colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — GRU will be featured along with 55 other recipients in the magazine’s November 2013 issue.

“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.