CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has received a national award for the fourth straight year that honors colleges and universities for having a campus culture committed to diversity and inclusion.
Oregon State was one of two institutions in Oregon and one of only three Pacific Northwest institutions and 101 nationally to receive the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
“Oregon State University is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the university and addressing racism within OSU and higher education,” said Interim President Becky Johnson. “We are very pleased that our efforts to advance a welcoming environment and success for all students have been recognized for a fourth straight year. We know there is more work to do, and OSU is committed to continue progress in these efforts.”
The University of Oregon and Central Washington University are the other Pacific Northwest universities to receive the award this year.
Many initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion are underway at OSU. These include:
“Motivated by calls for racial and social justice, and aligned with the university’s strategic plan, the Oregon State University community made rapid and impressive progress to advance inclusive excellence over the last year,” said Scott Vignos, interim vice president and chief diversity officer at OSU, “The many efforts of OSU’s students, faculty, staff, volunteers and stakeholders to create access, belonging and success are recognized by this year’s HEED Award. We’re honored to receive this recognition and look forward to continuing this important work.”
As a recipient of the HEED Award, Oregon State will be featured, along with 100 other recipients, in the November issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused national publication in higher education.
“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 – as well as 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 campus.”
About Oregon State University: As one of only three land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the nation, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today’s most pressing issues. Our more than 33,000 students come from across the globe, and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport and award-winning Ecampus, we excel at shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.