Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Receives 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

New York, NY
 – September 1, 2014 /Press Release/  –– 

Today, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) 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— ISMMS will be featured along with 82 other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s November 2014 issue. This is the first year ISMMS has been named as a HEED Award recipient.

“This award is a tremendous honor as it signifies Icahn’s commitment to encouraging diversity throughout our School. The culture of diversity echoed throughout our halls and represented in our staff benefits the diverse community of patients and families we serve,” said Gary Butts, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy and Community Affairs, ISSMS, Director of the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs of ISMMS, and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Mount Sinai Health System.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected ISMMS based on our 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 LGBT community.. Specifically, ISSMS’s Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs has been recognize as a Health Resources and Services Administration Center of Excellence for Minority Health and includes one of the most diverse student bodies among U.S. private medical schools.

“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.

About the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
The Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs is the diversity center of the ISMMS and is the interface for educational pipeline programs, minority affairs, institution-wide diversity initiatives, academic support for medical students, faculty development, and culture and medicine programs. The CMCA’s mission is to support improving community health outcomes and reducing race and ethnic health outcome disparities through increasing health care workforce diversity and scientific inquiry, and influence health policy.

About the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic science research, as well as having an innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institute of Health (NIH) grants. For more information, please visit www.icahn.mssm.edu

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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 www.insightintodiversity.com.