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Oct. 6, 2014

HEED award recognizes diversity

By Nicole Drake

INSIGHT into Diversity magazine has recognized Cleveland State University for its work in the area of diversity and inclusion. Cleveland State has received the magazine’s annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.

For the past three years, INSIGHT has recognized a broad spectrum of colleges across the United States for their efforts in the area of culture and diversity.
The INSIGHT into Diversity (HEED) award is open to all colleges and universities throughout the United States.

This award recognizes collegiate level achievement and intensified commitment in regard to the breadth of all inclusive diversity on campus by means of cultured initiatives, programs and outreach, according to

This includes student recruitment, retention and completion and hiring practices for faculty and staff.
In previous years, Case Western Reserve University, Cuyahoga Community College, The Ohio State University and many surrounding area colleges have received this award.

This year, Cleveland State is being recognized as a university that recognized diversity and shared this important recognition on campus. Within the community, this will help promote the school’s excellence in developing innovators and leaders for today’s workforce, as described in the benefits of receiving the award on

Holly Mendelson, publisher of INSIGHT into Diversity and owner of Potomac Publishing, Inc., said that this was the first year Cleveland State applied.

“We received more [applications this year] than in past years,” Mendelson said.
Mendelson said she was not able to disclose how many colleges apply annually, but she did say that not all who apply get the award.

This year, Cleveland State will be featured with 83 other colleges and universities that have also demonstrated an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

According to Mendelson, last year there were 56 recipients and the year before that there were 48.
Participation is free — there is no hidden cost.

“We put the message out there, but the universities have to apply and with 300-400 thousand readers it usually takes a decent number of people to complete the application,” Mendelson said.

Byron White, Cleveland State Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer, told Cleveland State, “Diversity is one of the greatest strengths of Cleveland State University’s campus community. “

“As an urban university, we honor and value that gift,” White said to Cleveland State. “We are enriched by the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our community.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest — celebrating 40 years this year — and largest — boasting a 40,000 national circulation rate — diversity-focused publication in higher education.

Upon receiving this award, Cleveland State will also receive a certificate plus complimentary access to the award logo for promotional uses in print marketing materials online.