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Florida State University's continuing efforts to move diversity and inclusion to the forefront of the university mission received national recognition as the institution earned INSIGHT Into Diversity's 2014 "Higher Education Excellence in Diversity" (HEED) Award.

The HEED Award annually recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today.

"Florida State University is proud of its commitment to make diversity and inclusion a campuswide priority," said Interim President Garnett S. Stokes. "This award recognizes our dedication to creating and maintaining a diverse campus community that respects differences and values the rich educational environment that evolves through such efforts."

Florida State embarked on a comprehensive plan to unite efforts for diversity and inclusion in 2007-2008 with the vision of being a university and workplace of choice. The initiative is led by the university's Champions of Diversity and Inclusion, which includes Stokes and Florida State's vice presidents and senior staff members.

"At FSU, diversity is at the very core of who we are as an institution," said Kyle Clark, vice president of Finance and Administration. "We are honored to receive the HEED award as it recognizes our hard work in this area while also reminding us that there is still more to be accomplished. We look forward to continuing our efforts."