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University of Maryland, Baltimore Recognized Nationally for Excellence in Diversity

dac3INSIGHT Into Diversity 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is 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—the University of Maryland, Baltimore will be featured along with 55 other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s November 2013 issue.

The University was recognized for the work of the President's Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) (shown above) to create a university-wide open house.  "Building a highly talented and diverse pipeline of applicants for all of our schools is a shared commitment at our University,” says José Bahamonde-González, JD, associate dean for administrative affairs and compliance at the Francis King Carey School of Law and chair of the DAC.  The council developed the idea of a universitywide open house for potential students. More than 1,000 people registered for, and over 700 attended, the April 13 event, which was coordinated by Michele Hayes, JD, LLM, director of admissions and student recruiting at the law school.

“The University open house was a huge success,” says Bahamonde-González. “Not only were we able to attract a large number of talented, diverse, and interested future applicants for all of our schools and academic programs, but as a team we succeeded in presenting and promoting the University as one University with seven schools—with diversity as one of its core values.”

The open house is just one way the DAC has been carrying out its mission of promoting diversity since the council was created by University President Jay A. Perman, MD, in 2011. Diversity is among the seven core values of the University’s 2011-2016 strategic plan.

By selecting the University of Maryland, Baltimore to receive a HEED award, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recognizes UMB'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.

Other recipients of the 2013 HEED award are:


Alcorn State University

Alliant International University

Arizona State University

SUNY, Buffalo State College

California State University, Los Angeles

Capital Community College

Case Western Reserve University

Community College of Allegheny County

CUNY School of Law

Cuyahoga Community College

Davenport University

East Carolina University

El Paso Community College

Emory University

Gadsden State Community College

Georgia Regents University

Highline Community College

Indiana University – Purdue University      Indianapolis

Kent State University

Louisiana State University

Michigan Technological University

Millersville University

Moraine Valley Community College

New Mexico State University

Ohio State University

Oklahoma State University

Palo Alto University

Penn State University

Princeton University

Saginaw Valley State University

San Diego State University

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southwestern Law School

St. Cloud State University

SUNY System

Texas Tech University

Union College, New York

University of Akron

University of California, San Francisco

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of Cincinnati

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of La Verne

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

University of Mississippi Medical Center

University of Missouri – St. Louis

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

University of the Rockies

University of South Carolina - Columbia

University of Texas at Austin

University of Toledo

University of Virginia

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Virginia Tech

Western Michigan University


For more information about the 2013 HEED award, visit

For more information about the University of Maryland, Baltimore, visit or contact Alex Likowski, Director of Media Relations at (410) 706-3801 or

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About INSIGHT Into Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity, celebrating its 40th year in 2014, is known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across campuses. The magazine presents timely, thought-provoking news and resources on matters of diversity and inclusion across higher education and corporate campuses. Feature stories include interviews with innovators and experts, and profiles of best practices and model programs. Readers also find career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses embracing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at