For the eighth consecutive year, Ball State University has received a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education.

Earned through a vigorous application process, the HEED Award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. As a recipient, Ball State will be featured in the magazine’s November/December 2023 issue, alongside 108 other institutions.

“Ball State University is a model and leader in inclusive excellence in our state and around the country because of the collective efforts of our campus and our community,” said Dr. Charlene Alexander, chief strategy officer at Ball State. “Receiving this award for an eighth straight year is validation and a testament to our commitment to inclusive excellence. We are grateful to Insight Into Diversity for its continued recognition.”

The goals of Ball State’s Office of Inclusive Excellence are to ensure that diversity is an integral part of the Ball State identity, to be a recognized training and development resource for the campus community, and to foster an environment where individuals of diverse backgrounds know they are supported through its advocacy efforts.

Inclusiveness is one of Ball State’s enduring values, and Institutional and Inclusive Excellence is among five ambitious goals in the University’s strategic plan, “Destination 2040: Our Flight Path.”

“Our institution is filled with amazing staff and faculty who are committed to Ball State University’s enduring values and inclusive excellence strategic goals,” said Dr. Rashida Willard, associate vice president of inclusive excellence. “We value the intrinsic worth of all of our community members, and we are committed to the success and wellbeing of all people within our community.”

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