The 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Health Professions awards are recognizing some of the nation’s top nursing schools for their efforts to recruit and support a diverse student and faculty population. Sponsored by INSIGHT Into Diversity , the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education, the Health Professions HEED Awards are the only national awards that honor schools in the health professions for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses.

“The Health Professions 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; continued leadership support for diversity; and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The nursing schools among the 2020 winners are all notable for their commitment to inclusive education; many are receiving HEED honors for the third—and in some cases, fourth—consecutive year.

Nine schools of nursing are receiving 2020 Health Professions HEED Awards:
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Full list of 2020 Health Professions HEED Award Winners

At Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, which is being recognized for its second consecutive HEED Health Professions award, Gloria Ramsey, JD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, associate dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion commented, “We hope that the experiences we provide at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing prepare our students to be leaders for change. Amazing things happen when we, as a growing group of nurse leaders, speak up and work together as we serve our diverse communities. We must stand as a community while striving for inclusion and embracing change.”

Frontier Nursing University is celebrating its third HEED award since 2018. President Dr. Susan Stone remarked, “Amidst the current social justice movement in our country, it is imperative that FNU serve as an agent for change. We know that culturally competent care improves health outcomes and begins with a more diverse healthcare system. We are proud to be taking a leadership role in this movement by educating an increasingly diverse student body, but fully recognize that we have much to learn and areas in which to improve. The HEED Award confirms that we are continuing to move in the right direction and to make meaningful progress.”

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