LSU Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for the Seventh Time

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For the last several years, LSU has repeatedly broken records for graduating the largest and most diverse classes each semester, including awarding the most degrees to African American, Hispanic and Asian students.

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BATON ROUGE – For the seventh time, LSU has been named a recipient of Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

As a 2019 recipient of the annual HEED Award – a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion – LSU will be featured, along with 92 other recipients, in the November 2019 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“We are very pleased to be recognized by Insight Into Diversity magazine with their Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “It’s an honor to be recognized nationally for our continued efforts to build an institution that is more reflective of our state, nation and world. We are proud of the record-breaking classes that we are both enrolling and graduating here at LSU. We want our campus to mirror the world with students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds, races and nationalities.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected LSU’s Office of Diversity because of their commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion at LSU.

“Once again, it is an honor to receive this award. The recognition by a national organization of LSU’s commitment to and delivery of diversity initiatives and programs is great for us as an institution,” said LSU Chief Diversity Officer and Vice Provost for Diversity Dereck Rovaris Sr. “We are focused on a continued commitment to diversity and inclusion and even though there remains much work to be done, we celebrate the good work that has been accomplished thus far.”

The Office of Diversity’s vision includes providing enthusiastic leadership and support for faculty, staff and students. The Office of Diversity is committed to improving campus climate and preparing university citizens to be culturally aware, engaged locally and connected globally.

“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.”

Other recipients of the 2019 HEED Award include the following: 

Adelphi University
Arkansas State University
Augustana College (IL)
Ball State University
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Fresno
California State University Northridge
California State University San Marcos
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Los Angeles
Case Western Reserve University
Central Washington University
Clemson University
Columbia University in the City of New York
Cuyahoga Community College
Davenport University
DePaul University
East Carolina University
Eastern Washington University
El Paso County Community College District
Florida State University
Framingham State University
Georgia State University
Grand Valley State University
Greenville Technical College
Hillsborough Community College
Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Kansas State University
Kent State University
Lehigh University
Maryville University
Metropolitan State University
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Millersville University
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Mississippi State University
North Carolina State University
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Northeastern University
Ohio University
Oklahoma State University
Oregon State University
Pikes Peak Community College
Princeton University
Rochester Institute of Technology
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Seminole State College of Florida
Sonoma County Junior College District
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
State University of New York College of Cortland
SUNY Buffalo State College
SUNY Old Westbury
Swarthmore College
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
Texas Tech University
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Tulsa
Union College, NY
University at Albany, State University of New York
University of Central Florida
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Georgia
University of Houston
University of Houston Law Center
University of Houston-Downtown
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Kentucky
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Louisville
University of Maryland School of Public Health
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Florida
University of North Texas
University of Pittsburgh of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida
University of West Florida
University of West Georgia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Washington State University Vancouver
West Virginia University
Western Michigan University
William & Mary
William Marsh Rice University
Winston Salem State University

For more information about the 2019 HEED Award, visit

About INSIGHT Into Diversity
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education today and is well-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. 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 of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at



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