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Monday, December 10, 2018

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At SDSU, students from all backgrounds are achieving academic excellence. At SDSU, students from all backgrounds are achieving academic excellence.

Diversity Starts Here

SDSU was selected as a top university for diversity and inclusion for the third consecutive year.
By Hallie Jacobs

Diversity is a major component of San Diego State University’s success.

From a healthy mix of academic programs to providing a safe campus for students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds, SDSU is committed to creating an inclusive, diverse campus.

Hard work pays off, as SDSU was named  a 2015 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recipient for the third  year in a row.

The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses. The award 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.

"It comes as no surprise that SDSU was selected as a recipient of the HEED Diversity award," said Aaron Bruce, SDSU's chief diversity officer. " Receiving this award for the third consecutive year reflects the ongoing commitment of our campus community to ensure that everyone who sets foot on campus experiences the university as a welcoming and supportive place. It is no secret that diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand."

At SDSU, students from all backgrounds are achieving academic excellence. Steady improvement in graduation and retention rates spans all genders and ethnicities, including students from historically underrepresented groups.

SDSU will be featured  in the magazine’s November 2015 issue.  

INSIGHT Into Diversity is not the only organization to recognize SDSU for its diverse campus. Earlier this month, the university was in the top 25 schools in the nation for ethnic diversity in U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges Ranking. SDSU also recently ranked in the top 25 for LGBT serving schools by Campus Pride Index, as a Top School for Veterans by Military Times, and has been designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education.