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UK Recognized as 'Top College For Diversity' and 'Diversity Champion' by INSIGHT Into Diversity

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2019) — For the third consecutive year, the University of Kentucky has received INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine's highest honor — Diversity Champion. The oldest and largest publication and website in higher education today, INSIGHT Into Diversity had already recognized UK last week with a 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, also for the third year in a row. 

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 throughout their campus, UK will be featured, along with 93 other recipients, in the November 2019 HEED Award issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The publication also recognizes selected institutions — those that rank in the top tier of HEED Award recipients — as Diversity Champions. These institutions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels. Known for visionary leadership, Diversity Champions are institutions that serve as role models and set the standard for thousands of other U.S. college campuses striving for inclusive excellence. 

“UK is a visionary leader among institutions of higher education striving for inclusive excellence throughout their campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “As a Diversity Champion school, UK exceeds everyday expectations by developing successful strategies and programs that serve as models of excellence for other higher education institutions.”

"It's an honor to be recognized as a Diversity Champion for the third consecutive year," said Sonja Feist-Price, vice president of for institutional diversity. "The fact that we received this recognition conveys we are actively engaging in inclusive excellence practices that go above and beyond what is observed at universities. I salute our campus partners who work tirelessly to ensure our university is a welcoming community and everyone feels they matter and belong."

For more information about the HEED Award or the Diversity Champion recognition, visit To learn more about the university's diversity efforts, click here

About INSIGHT Into Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education today and is known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across their campuses. In addition to its online job board, INSIGHT Into Diversity presents timely, thought-provoking news and features stories on matters of diversity and inclusion across higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as profiles of best practices and exemplary programs. Readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current archived, and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at