Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Recognized for Highly Esteemed Diversity Excellence Award

K’Leigh Sims

September 15, 2015

The university is one of 92 national higher education institutions selected for the INSIGHT Into Diversity award.


For the fourth-consecutive year, Texas Tech University recently received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The university is one of 92 national higher education institutions to be selected nationally and one of only four institutions in the Big 12 Conference.

"The HEED award is such a well-respected recognition for Texas Tech to receive, and we are excited to be nationally recognized for our efforts," Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis said. "Texas Tech works hard to create a friendly environment that supports diversity and inclusion and this award directly reflects our initiatives in this area. I commend our faculty and staff for their commitments to our students and ensuring to include all students no matter their backgrounds."

The HEED award recognizes colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion and is the only national award recognizing institutions for its diversity efforts across campuses.

Texas Tech was selected based on its exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and its ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, including race and ethnicity, gender, age, veteran status, people from the LGBTQ communities, people with disabilities and other areas of diversity among college students.

Juan Muñoz
Juan Muñoz

Juan Muñoz, senior vice president for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and vice provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs, said this award is a testament to the hard work the university puts in toward diversity and inclusion.

"Texas Tech is very proud of its nationally recognized leadership in higher education inclusive excellence, equity and access," he said. "The HEED award is becoming the gold standard by which to acknowledge colleges and universities that are changing the paradigms in higher education advancing excellence and diversity. Texas Tech University is honored, through this award, to remain a part of this national discourse and its resulting practices."

Texas Tech's Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement has 11 different departments dedicated to various areas of diversity to develop students' professional skills, individual creativity, personal excellence and social awareness. Departments within the Division of Institutional Diversity include:
• Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center
• Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL)
• Mentor Tech
• Military and Veterans Programs
• Office of Academic Enrichment
• Office of Community Engagement
• Pioneers in Education: Generations Achieving Scholarship and Unprecedented Success (PEGASUS)
• Texas Tech Chess Program
• University Interscholastic League
• Upward Bound
• Women's Studies Program

"Dr. Muñoz and his staff have worked tirelessly to offer a variety of sources to all students, and I congratulate them for again receiving the INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED award," Nellis said.

The university will be featured in the November 2015 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine along with the other institutions selected for the award.

For more information about the HEED award, visit the INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine's website at http://www.insightintodiversity.com/.