Virginia Tech received the 2020 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 — Virginia Tech will be featured, along with 89 other recipients, in the November 2020 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This is the fifth year Virginia Tech has been named as a HEED Award recipient.

“We are proud to be honored for the fifth straight year as a Diversity Champion," said Menah Pratt-Clarke, vice president for diversity, inclusion, and strategic affairs. "This recognition is consistent with our focus on promoting sustainable transformation at Virginia Tech around inclusion and diversity. We stand firm as we collectively embody InclusiveVT."

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected Virginia Tech because the institution makes diversity and inclusion top initiatives. Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels.

“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.”

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