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Cal State LA receives INSIGHT Into Diversity's 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

September 14, 2018

By Margie Low | Cal State LA News Service

Cal State LA has received the 2018 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—Cal State LA will be featured, along with 95 other recipients, in the November 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

This is the second time Cal State LA has been named a HEED Award recipient.

“We’re proud to be recognized again by INSIGHT magazine,” said Cal State LA President William A. Covino. “Cal State LA reflects the multicultural mix that is Los Angeles. We are L.A., and we recognize that there is strength in our diversity.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected Cal State LA for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Under the leadership of Octavio Villalpando, the university’s Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion works to develop programs and initiatives to close the achievement gap, increase faculty diversity and strengthen community engagement. Villalpando also oversees the implementation of the Academic Affairs strategic plan for diversity and inclusion.

At Cal State LA, students are required to complete two diversity courses that fulfill their general education requirements.

Cal State LA is committed to transforming lives through inclusion, education and opportunity. As a premier public university in vibrant and diverse Los Angeles, Cal State LA continues to propel its students to greater prosperity.

This year, the university was listed #21 in the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s “Top 100 Degree Producers,” a national ranking of colleges and universities that confer the most bachelor’s degrees to minority students.

For the second year in a row, Cal State LA has also received the Health Professions HEED Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity for its success in fostering diversity and inclusion in the university’s Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing.

The Health Professions HEED Award recognizes U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, veterinary and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

For more information about the 2018 HEED Award, visit

Photo credit: Anibal Ortiz/Cal State LA.

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About Cal State LA
Cal State LA is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students. Cal State LA is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good, offering nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, and the humanities. Founded in 1947, the University serves more than 28,000 students and has more than 245,000 distinguished alumni.

Cal State LA is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, Billie Jean King Sports Complex and the TV, Film and Media Center. For more information, visit

About INSIGHT Into Diversity
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education today and is well-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 their campuses. In addition to its online job board, INSIGHT Into Diversity presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity and inclusion across higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as profiles of best practices and exemplary programs. Readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived, and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at