For the 10th year in a row, East Carolina University’s focus on diversity and inclusion has been recognized with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award.
The award, sponsored by INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate exceptional commitment to diversity and inclusion. The 2021 award winners were selected for initiatives focused on all aspects of diversity, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ + community.
“We are delighted to be recognized by this award and to be one of seven schools to have been named 10-time HEED Prize winners across the country,” said ECU Chancellor Philip Rogers. “Building a diverse, inclusive and equity-minded campus is a priority for me and my leadership team, and for so many others on campus.
“As we engage the entire campus community on this journey to advance diversity, equity and inclusion across the institution, we will take a holistic look at what it means to live our values and embrace a shared equity leadership model, ”said Rogers.
ECU was one of 101 institutions across the country to receive the HEED award for 2021.
“Diversity, equity and inclusion is a mission-driven imperative at East Carolina University,” said Toya Jacobs, Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager at the ECU Equity Office. and diversity. “As a publication dedicated to promoting diversity in higher education, we appreciate the tireless work of INSIGHT to recognize and promote best practices across the landscape. “
In addition to a variety of programs and centers focused on inclusion and diversity, such as the Dr Jeese R. Peel LGBTQ Center which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2021, ECU has launched several new initiatives that have been recognized.
- The university’s THRIVE (Towards Hiring, Resources, Inclusion, Value and Excellence) program is designed to change culture, strengthen support and remove barriers to reduce stigma and improve gender equity in the workplace. recruitment, hiring and advancement of professors. A $ 1 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program targets women in STEM, and the initiatives put in place can benefit campus-wide.
- The Office for Equity and Diversity launched an institutional anti-racism campaign called Pledge to ACT Against Racism and Injustice, which called on community members to commit to working for social, cultural and structural change. The program provides a framework, resources and other supports for action-oriented steps ECU faculty and staff can take to ACT against racism and injustice.
- PIRATES Engineering Scholars Program Supports Low Income People
students pursuing undergraduate engineering degrees with up to $ 10,000 in scholarships per year. The funding comes from a $ 4 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship Program. The program also offers support which includes tutoring, faculty mentoring, various social activities, and integration into vibrant engineering learning communities.
- In an effort to recruit historically under-represented and first-generation students, ECU has partnered with Fayetteville State University to develop pipelines and pathways connecting its undergraduate students to professional and graduate programs at ECU.
- External partnerships for diversity, equity and inclusion have been developed with schools including Fayetteville State, University of Florida, UNC Chapel Hill and others designed to diversify faculty and ECU graduate schools and improve collaborative research and educational opportunities.
“It is a great honor to receive the HEED award for 10 consecutive years,” said LaKesha Alston Forbes, Vice President for Equity and Diversity and Director of Diversity. “This is an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments while evaluating our efforts to continuously improve and build a more equitable and inclusive campus. “