Northern Arizona University recently received the prestigious 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.

This award is truly an honor and reflects the investment and commitment NAU places on diversity.  It’s important to note that our work on diversity isn’t about seeking recognition, it represents the commitment of our entire university community,” President Rita Cheng said.

Recent efforts reflecting NAU’s ongoing commitment to diversity include the addition of the International Pavilion to campus, the hiring of a Chief Diversity Officer, strengthening ties with tribal colleges and record-breaking minority student enrollment for the 2016-17 academic year—which currently makes up 39 percent of the new freshman class.

NAU will be featured, along with 82 other recipients, in the November 2016 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity.