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DECATUR, Ga. — Agnes Scott College has received the 2023 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, Agnes Scott will be featured, along with 107 other recipients, in the November/December 2023 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This is the third year Agnes Scott has been named as a HEED Award recipient.

“Agnes Scott College is pleased to be recognized for the third year in a row for our commitment to creating a culture of belonging for our students, faculty and staff,” said Yves-Rose Porcena, vice president of People and Culture at Agnes Scott. “This award is a testament to the work everyone on this campus is committed to doing. We all should be very proud.” 

INSIGHT into Diversity magazine selected Agnes Scott because of the college’s focus on innovating in this area.  In July 2022, Agnes Scott was awarded $750,000 from the Mellon Foundation to fund the “Acknowledging our Past: Acting Now for A Transformed Future” project. The project is a two-part initiative created to elevate the lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artisans and workers who built Agnes Scott’s campus and the City of Decatur. In close partnership with the City of Decatur, Agnes Scott is working to research and document the city’s racial histories while simultaneously providing educational programming and inclusive leadership training. This partnership demonstrates the mutual commitment to building relationships among students, faculty, staff, and local organizations.

“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — leadership support for diversity, campus culture and climate, supplier diversity, and many other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.”

For more information about the 2023 HEED Award, visit insightintodiversity.com.

For more information about Agnes Scott College, please visit www.agnesscott.edu.