Friday, December 19, 2014

Georgia Regents University receives prestigious diversity award


AUGUSTA, Ga. — Georgia Regents University has received the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

The university was selected because of its wide array diversity and inclusion polices and innovative initiatives which embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus said Dr. Kent Guion, GRU Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. The magazine specifically recognized the university’s Healthy Perspectives Program, which is designed to help students, faculty, and staff build self-awareness and improve communications skills during cross-cultural situations.

“This recognition is a wonderful affirmation of our enterprise-wide strategic commitment to demonstrating respect and including multiple perspectives in all aspects of our work and educational environments,” Guion said.

As a recipient of award—a national honor recognizing colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—GRU will be featured along with 55 other recipients in the magazine’s November 2013 issue.

“We hope the HEED award serves as a way to honor those institutions of higher education that recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as part of their everyday campus culture,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

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Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.