Highline College received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

“Highline is honored to receive this award for the second year in a row and to be recognized for the work we do every day on our campus with enthusiasm,” said Highline President, Dr. Jack Bermingham. “Diversity is more than a program or an initiative at Highline; we want it to be our institutional identity.”

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—Highline will be featured along with 82 other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s November 2014 issue. Highline also received the HEED Award in 2013.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected recipients based on exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community.

“We hope the HEED Award serves as a way to honor those institutions of higher education that recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as part of their everyday campus culture,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Highline is the most diverse college in Washington and was the only community college in the state to receive the 2014 HEED Award. Diversity is one of the college’s core themes and its current success was also validated when Highline won the Twenty-First Century Colleges’ National Award of Excellence for Advancing Diversity in 2014 from the American Association of Community Colleges and President Bermingham was named as a Diversity Visionary by INSIGHT Into Diversity.

Other 2014 HEED Award recipients include:

Alliant International University
California State University, San Marcos
California State University, Fresno
California State University, East Bay
Capital Community College
Case Western Reserve University
Central Michigan University
Central Washington University
City University of New York School of Law
Cleveland State University
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Community College of Allegheny County
Cornell University
Cuyahoga Community College
Davenport University
DePaul University
East Carolina University
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
El Paso Community College
Elon University
Florida State University
Framingham State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Regents University
Georgia State University
Grand Valley State University
Greenville Technical College
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Kansas State University
Kent State University
Louisiana State University
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Michigan Technological University
Millersville University
Missouri State University
Montana State University
Moraine Valley Community College
North Carolina State University
Northern Virginia Community College

Oklahoma State University
Palo Alto University
Quinnipiac University
Raritan Valley Community College
Rochester Institute of Technology
San Diego State University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Seminole State College of Florida
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Southwestern Law School
St. Cloud State University
SUNY Buffalo State College
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
SUNY Oneonta
SUNY System
Texas Tech University
The Pennsylvania State University
Union College New York
University of Akron
University of California, San Francisco
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Georgia
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Louisville
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Missouri-St. Louis
University of North Florida
University of South Carolina
University of the Rockies
University of Texas at Austin
University of Toledo
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Virginia Tech
Western Michigan University
William Marsh Rice University

For more information about the 2014 HEED Award, visit www.insightintodiversity.com. For more information about Highline, visit www.highline.edu.