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Michigan Tech Receives Diversity Award for Second Year

Last Modified 4:55 PM on Thu Jun 16, 2016

By Jennifer Donovan

October 17, 2013—

For the second year, Michigan Technological University has been recognized nationally for its efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive campus.  Michigan Tech received the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, one of only 55 universities honored.

The University will be featured with other award recipients in the magazine’s November issue.

Michigan Tech received the HEED award because of a number of initiatives. For example:

“Students learn to be change agents for the University, taking the lead to educate others and be an example,” said Shezwae Fleming, director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. “That way, these students can continue to encourage an open culture on campus, setting a high standard for inclusion. Our efforts are truly campus wide and show the commitment the University has to enriching our campus environment.”

Jill Hodges, director of the Office of Institutional Equity, said: “Our newly formed University Diversity Council, along with the work of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, enables all faculty, staff and students to continue to benefit from complex considerations of difference and to deepen understandings of the value of relationships forged through diversity work.”

Fleming added, “The fact that we received this award for a second year indicates that we are making significant progress to make Michigan Tech a rich place to learn for all people.”

The INSIGHT Into Diversity award is open to all colleges and universities throughout the US and measures an institution’s achievements and commitment to broaden diversity and inclusion on campus.

Michigan Technological University (www.mtu.edu) is a leading public research university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.