Posted on: Sep 16, 2014 1:00:00 AM
In: Grossmont, Cuyamaca, District
Contact: Della Elliott (619) 644-7690 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Tuesday received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award, a national honor recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
It is the only community college district in the state and locally, joins San Diego State University, California State University, San Marcos, and Alliant International University, in its recognition from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The district will be will be featured along with 82 other recipients across the nation in the magazine’s November 2014 issue.
“With our diverse student and campus populations representing San Diego County’s rich mix of cultures and communities, our district places great importance in providing a welcoming environment to everyone,” Chancellor Cindy L. Miles said. “We are delighted that our efforts have been recognized with this welcome award.”
The magazine selected the district based on its diversity and inclusion initiatives relating to gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community.
Among other things, the district was recognized for its efforts to improve graduation rates among students from under-represented groups with services provided by both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges’ Extended Opportunity Programs and Services departments. EOPS is a program committed to community college access and retention for economically and educationally disadvantaged students.
Other efforts include:
“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.
For more information about Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges and the district, go to www.gcccd.edu