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University earns national diversity honor

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University has been selected as a winner of the first 2012 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the December 2012 issue of the magazine reported today. Marshall is one of 48 recipients featured in the issue.

HEED is a national award honoring U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity, said Marshall met or exceeded the parameters and guidelines set by a panel of judges in earning "the first ever national award for colleges, universities and school systems that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion among the entire community of students, faculty, staff and vendors."

Potomac Publishing, Inc., publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, evaluated applications from colleges and universities throughout the United States in order to measure their level of success in regard to diversity and inclusion. The winners, including Marshall but listed in no particular order, are published in the December issue.

According to a news release, judges were very impressed with Marshall's efforts to encourage diversity and inclusion and the success it has had in doing so. The vision of Marshall's Division of Multicultural Affairs is, in part, "to provide leadership, support and advocacy for diverse populations, historically underrepresented individuals and groups."

"This award is recognition and affirmation of a broad range of accomplishments," said Dr. Shari Clarke, Marshall's vice president for multicultural affairs. "It's nice to be recognized for what we do. We really focus on creating a climate of inclusion and diversity. We are very proud and honored to receive this award."

Clarke has instituted many new programs since coming to Marshall four years ago. She said she is most proud of the Multicultural Faculty in Residence Program, the faculty exchange program between Marshall and Alcorn State University, the Ivy Academy (leadership conference for 8th-12th-grade girls) and the Multicultural Leadership Ambassador Program.