Last week, the University of Maryland School of Public Health received the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, a national honor that recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The School of Public Health has worked to create an educational and work environment that is diverse, inclusive and supportive of all students and faculty.
“The efforts of the School of Public Health are important to the entire campus as well as for the larger community,” said Dr. Georgina Dodge, the University of Maryland’s Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion. “Not only are students exposed early to principles of social justice, they become advocates for humane treatment and access throughout their careers. And the inclusive attitudes adopted by faculty and staff within the School impact their colleagues in other units as well as students in other majors.”
In addition to broadening its Diversity and Inclusion Council, holding trainings and dialogues, and expanding the charges for equity in hiring and admissions processes, the School of Public Health recently launched the Prevention Research Center, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded center dedicated to service, teaching and research around issues of mental health among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (or questioning) and others (LGBTQ+) communities.
Another program that demonstrates the School’s commitment to diversity is STEP (Students Transforming into Effective Professionals), which connects students to resources in equitable ways.
The School of Public Health has also been a voice and advocate for social justice, including on issues of racism and immigration.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on September 27