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UNM was honored for its strong commitment to diversity with the INSIGHT into Diversity 2015 HEED Award.

The University of New Mexico received the 2015 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 — UNM will be featured, along with 91 other recipients, in the November 2015 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“UNM is one of the most diverse campuses in the country and we work hard to make sure all of our students are given great opportunities for success and feel valued as members of our Lobo community,” said President Robert G. Frank. “It’s an honor to see those efforts recognized by the HEED award.” 

INSIGHT Into Diversity selected UNM for its commitment to recruiting historically underrepresented and first-generation minority students. Resource centers dedicated to African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, women, veterans, LGBTQ and other populations do extensive outreach to all areas of the community.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by Insight into Diversity for this honor and our commitment to diversity remains strong. We understand the importance of continuing the work of creating inclusive excellence where faculty, staff and students are successful and contribute to the success of the university.  We are better through our diversity.” – Jozi De Leon, vice president for Equity and Inclusion

Programs like ENLACE have family engagement specialists assigned to high schools from traditionally underrepresented groups that work on mentoring high school students and working with families to complete FAFSA forms as well as assisting with deferred action/immigration issues.  The Unidos Project also ensures that multiple pathways are created to ensure Hispanic students graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary degrees.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by Insight into Diversity for this honor and our commitment to diversity remains strong,” said Jozi De Leon, vice president for Equity and Inclusion. “We understand the importance of continuing the work of creating inclusive excellence where faculty, staff and students are successful and contribute to the success of the university.  We are better through our diversity.”

The University of New Mexico is currently one of four Universities that hold the designation of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) & Research Universities-Very High Research Activity (RU/VH). Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked UNM the top American Indian degree producer and one of the 30 best colleges for the LGBTQ community.

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

For more information, visit the 2015 HEED Awards.

For more information about the University of New Mexico, visit UNM.

About INSIGHT Into Diversity
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the largest and oldest diversity publication in higher education today and is known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) 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. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as profiles of best practices and exemplary programs. Readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived, and digital issues are available at INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.