For the second year in a row, Regis College received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

This annual award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. As part of the award Regis College will be featured in the November 2021 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“Recognition for a second year in a row demonstrates our strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at Regis,” said Regis College President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. “Under the leadership of Vice President for Inclusive Excellence Audrey Grace, we will continue to make this effort a top priority for our students and employees.”

Regis College’s diversity and inclusion efforts continue to have a tremendous impact on the campus community. The university has made significant progress instituting its Action Plan to Address Racism, which was launched in 2020. Among the goals already reached are an institution-wide self-identification campaign, the creation of an inclusive excellence committee of the Board of Trustees, racial healing workshops for senior leaders, and several workshops for faculty on building an inclusive curriculum.

Regis’ Center for Inclusive Excellence, the Campus Pride Index Taskforce, the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), and the Counseling Center work together to promote a LGBTQ+ inclusive campus for all students, staff, and faculty. The work of the university's Dear Neighbor Fund and mission committee provides support for undergraduate and graduate students who are in personal or financial crisis. And continued support for student veterans included a financial awareness educational series geared toward veterans and military learners in the community.

“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.”