SUNY System, College at Brockport Receive National Award for Excellence in Diversity

November 15, 2012

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that the university system, as well as the College at Brockport, have received the first ever Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

As a winner of the award, SUNY and the College at Brockport are featured along with 46 other recipients in the December 2012 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, which is available online.

“Aligning SUNY’s strategic planning goals with the diverse communities the system serves has helped us recognize new opportunities to build strong pathways between diversity and academic excellence,” said SUNY Associate Provost & Associate Vice Chancellor Carlos N. Medina. “It is deeply rewarding to see SUNY be nationally recognized for its diversity efforts, something we're very passionate about."

“Receiving this award is truly inspiring, particularly as this is its inaugural year,” said Joel Frater, PhD, assistant provost for diversity for the College at Brockport. “We’re proud of what we have accomplished on our campus but we know that more work remains.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected award winners based on their diversity and inclusion initiatives, including all aspects of diversity such as gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community.

“We hope the HEED award serves as a reminder that diversity and inclusion must remain priorities in the 21st century higher education landscape. Every college and university should recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as being part of their everyday life on campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “Our students of today are the employees of tomorrow and the future of our country. As students begin to enter the workforce and a global society, they must first be surrounded by and supported by faculty and staff that understand the differences among cultures and their needs.”

Through its various programs, the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion not only celebrates diversity as a reflection of SUNY’s strategic mission, but leverages the diversity of all its communities to expand the horizons of academic excellence, research and scholarship, affirmative action and inclusion throughout the university system.

About INSIGHT Into Diversity
INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today. For nearly 40 years, INSIGHT Into Diversity has been connecting employees with institutions and businesses that embrace a workforce that is reflective of the world around us.  Our decades of experience in recruiting employees from all underrepresented groups has earned us a reputation in higher education, business, and government  for finding the most dynamic talent in every field. INSIGHT Into Diversity successfully connects employers to the most highly qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, medical condition or history, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

Share this:


Holly Liapis
Email the Office of Communications