Diversity Programs

 What is the HEED Award?

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

The INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Award, open to all colleges and universities across the U.S., measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs, and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.

El Paso Community College understands Culture is our business and we recognize Cultural competence is not static, and requires frequent relearning and unlearning about diversity. We will continue to set up an environment that builds and fosters Diversity.

El Paso Community College Diversity Programs continues to demonstrate a sustained commitment to and proactively advances the broadening of diversity and inclusion student success at a community college. Our Institution is humbled and fully expresses gratitude to INSIGHT Into Diversity for the recognition of the prestigious HEED award.

El Paso Community College (EPCC) was recognized for the first time with the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. 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—EPCC will be featured in the INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s November 2013 issue.

EPCC also was awarded the 2014 and 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award, which was highlighted in the INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s November 2014 and November 2015 issue.

“El Paso Community College is proud of our efforts to always be at the forefront of diversity and inclusion. The HEED Award validates the college’s hard work and makes us vigilant in our future endeavors,” said Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected EPCC based on our institution’s exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on our 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.

We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to reapply for the 2016 INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Award. The HEED award was announced Sept. 2016, we are once again recipients of this prestigious award.


Olga and Michelle Chavez


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