Cal State LA receives INSIGHT Into Diversity's 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

Cal State LA has received the 2018 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—Cal State LA will be featured, along with 95 other recipients, in the November 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

This is the second time Cal State LA has been named a HEED Award recipient.

“We’re proud to be recognized again by INSIGHT magazine,” said Cal State LA President William A. Covino. “Cal State LA reflects the multicultural mix that is Los Angeles. We are L.A., and we recognize that there is strength in our diversity.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected Cal State LA for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Under the leadership of Octavio Villalpando, the university’s Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion works to develop programs and initiatives to close the achievement gap, increase faculty diversity and strengthen community engagement. Villalpando also oversees the implementation of the Academic Affairs strategic plan for diversity and inclusion.

At Cal State LA, students are required to complete two diversity courses that fulfill their general education requirements.

Cal State LA is committed to transforming lives through inclusion, education and opportunity. As a premier public university in vibrant and diverse Los Angeles, Cal State LA continues to propel its students to greater prosperity.

This year, the university was listed #21 in the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s “Top 100 Degree Producers,” a national ranking of colleges and universities that confer the most bachelor’s degrees to minority students.

For the second year in a row, Cal State LA has also received the Health Professions HEED Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity for its success in fostering diversity and inclusion in the university’s Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing.

The Health Professions HEED Award recognizes U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, veterinary and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

For more information about the 2018 HEED Award, visit insightintodiversity.com.