School of Nursing receives Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for 4th consecutive year

October 16, 2019

Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity AwardThe University of Minnesota School of Nursing has been awarded the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. The HEED Award honors U.S. nursing, medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, veterinary, and other health schools and centers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The school’s educational programming and opportunities to develop diversity, equity and inclusivity competencies and its efforts to recruit and retain diverse and underrepresented students and faculty factored into its selection as a HEED Award recipient.

“Diversity, equity and inclusivity training is threaded through meetings, curriculum and essentially the culture of the school,” said Clinical Professor Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of Inclusivity and Diversity. “We consider diversity, equity and inclusion every person’s everyday work and our honored to have our efforts recognized by INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine.”

Only nine nursing schools and 43 health schools in total were selected and each will be featured in the December issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“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. “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.”