The University of Tulsa has received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As 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 – TU will be featured, along with 100 other recipients, in the November 2021 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity.
“The University of Tulsa is honored to be selected for the fifth consecutive year as a HEED Award recipient,” said Kelli McLoud-Schingen, TU’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. “This process has allowed us to think critically about our initiatives as it relates to DEI objectives, and we are committed to this lifelong work of fostering a campus community of inclusion, belonging and excellence.”
The magazine selected TU for this honor in recognition for the university’s DEI work, including distributing timely campus communications on matters related to diversity issues in our current social climate; organizing new committees including the Diversity Training and Bias Response Team, which added the campus climate surveys regarding allyship and the multicultural experience; and creating the Black Alumni Leadership Council to offer guidance on diversity issues with an alumni perspective. TU also expanded our diversity training offerings and published a tribal land acknowledgment during the 2020-21 academic year.
“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. “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 2021 HEED Award, visit insightintodiversity.com. INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education today and is known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across their campuses. In addition to its online job board, INSIGHT Into Diversity presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity and inclusion across higher education and beyond.