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CSUSM Receives Excellence in Diversity Award

Press Release by Cathy Baur

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) received the 2014 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—CSUSM will be featured along with 82 other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s November 2014 issue. 

“For the last decade, CSUSM has worked tirelessly to create a diverse and inclusive environment,” said Cal State San Marcos President Karen Haynes. “Half of our student body self-identifies as being from an underrepresented student population. We have been successful at closing the achievement gap because our diversity initiatives help ensure student success and prepare them for a diverse working and civic environment. Diversity doesn’t just happen at CSUSM, diversity happens because we develop strategies, craft initiatives and develop partnerships that ensure diversity is part of everything we do.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected Cal State San Marcos based on the institution’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, members of the LGBTQ community, as well as all others. Specifically, through CSUSM's Strategic Diversity Plan, the University has institutionalized its strategic priorities for diversity and educational equity. CSUSM is committed to fostering a diverse and open campus environment and has a strategic priority focused on diversity and educational equity.

“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.

For more information about the 2014 HEED award, visit

Dr. Karen Haynes, CSUSM President
Diversity doesn't happen because we say we want to be more diverse. It happens because we develop strategies, craft initiatives and develop partnerships to better recruit, retain and nurture underrepresented students, faculty and staff.
Dr. Karen Haynes, CSUSM President

About INSIGHT Into Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity, celebrating its 40th year in 2014, is the largest and oldest diversity publication in higher education today. Known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, this is the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across campuses. In addition to its online job board, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine presents timely, thought-provoking news and articles on matters of diversity and inclusion across higher education and beyond. 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