SUNY Old Westbury earns 5th consecutive Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

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SUNY Old Westbury has been awarded the 2022 Higher Education in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity . This marks the fifth consecutive year the institution has been recognized.

Presented to U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, the HEED Award recognizes Old Westbury’s ongoing initiatives to promote diversity, equity and inclusivity across its campus. 

As the most diverse student body in the State University of New York system, SUNY Old Westbury and 102 other recipients will be featured in the November 2022 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

“It is a great honor for SUNY Old Westbury to have received the HEED Award designation for the fifth year in a row,” said College President Dr. Timothy E. Sams. “Although we still have much work to do, this recognition confirms our approach is the right one as we continue our evolve into an ever-more equitable community, as our college mission demands of us.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected SUNY Old Westbury for its continued efforts to ensure its core strategic priorities to ensure access, inclusion and success.

“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 — leadership support for diversity, campus culture and climate, supplier diversity, and many 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.”

Now in its eleventh year, the HEED Award is the only national award honoring U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.