Kennesaw State receives national award for diversity and inclusion initiatives


University honored with a HEED Award for second year

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 1, 2016)INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, has once again awarded Kennesaw State University its Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Last year, the publication awarded Kennesaw State its first HEED award. In April 2016, the University also was named among eight institutions nationally to INSIGHT Into Diversity’s inaugural class of “Diversity Champions” for setting the standard for metropolitan comprehensive universities.  

As a 2016 HEED recipient, Kennesaw State will be featured, along with 82 other recipients, in the November 2016 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“Receiving a second HEED award acknowledges the strides Kennesaw State is making towards the university’s strategic goal of enhancing the collegiate experience and fostering a welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment,” said Erik Malewski, Kennesaw State’s chief diversity officer. “Our progress builds on a longtime institutional commitment and follows a natural progression of refining our approaches through assessments, planning and restructuring. The work of six presidential commissions to assist with this growth is unparalleled. We look forward to even greater progress as the work of our new Center for Diversity Leadership and Engagement and first faculty Diversity Fellows gets underway.

Eligibility for the HEED Award requires completion of a comprehensive 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.

“We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher ofINSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “Our process is rigorous and our standards are high. We look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus.”


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit