CWRU Receives HEED Award for Eighth Straight Year

Students walking across campus.

Case Western Reserve University has, for the eighth straight year, received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, a diversity-focused publication in higher education.

To be considered for the award, institutions complete an extensive application. Highlights from ours include:

  • Somos CWRU | A pilot program aimed at developing a recruitment and retention strategy for the Latinx population.
  • Diversity Resource Forum | An event highlighting resources and services across campus involved in diversity, inclusion and equity work.
  • Mentor Circles & Mentor Fellows | An initiative to increase knowledge and understanding of mentoring underrepresented students.
  • Sustained Dialogue | An award-winning diversity initiative for students, staff and faculty that promotes cross-cultural interaction and provides an opportunity for participants to make recommendations to the administration on ways to improve the campus climate. 
  • Rooney Rule-like policies | Requiring a diverse applicant pool for faculty and top administrative positions. 
  • Trailblazer Project | A portraiture initiative that annually showcases the contributions of CWRU alumni of color and women and helps to diversify the images that appear in campus common areas.
  • African and African American Studies Minor | Academic studies to explore the global black experience and its relationship to black life in the Americas.