Today, Millersville University (MU) received the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from “INSIGHT Into Diversity” magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This is the 8th consecutive year that Millersville has been 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.

“As a campus community, we understand the value that diversity brings to the educational experience and to the life of our campus,” noted Dr. Daniel Wubah, MU President. “Inclusion is one of our core values.  It motivates us to create an environment where differences can be expressed and respectfully heard, and where every individual experiences a sense of belonging. Our goal is to create an environment that is characterized by diversity — intellectual, racial/ethnic, cultural, religious and spiritual and economic.”

Over the past year, Millersville took several steps to solidify the importance of having a diverse and inclusive campus:

  • The word “inclusion” was added to our EPPIIC values.
  • A Digital Quilt called “Negating Hate” was launched. This webpage serves as a visual collection of positive, inclusive, supportive statements from members of our University community. (https://www.millersville.edu/digitalquilt/index.php)
  • Felicia Brown-Haywood was hired as our Chief Diversity Officer.

“Diversity and inclusion to me is multi-dimensional and cannot be fully realized outside the context of inclusive excellence,” explains Brown-Haywood. “Inclusive excellence includes and engages the diversity of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community constituents. It’s being a welcoming community where inclusive excellence is valued and promoted.”

MU will be featured, along with 92 other recipients, in the November 2019 issue of “INSIGHT Into Diversity” magazine.

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

For more information about the 2019 HEED Award, visit insightintodiversity.com

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