GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — For the second year, Stockton University has received a 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine.

“Stockton is committed to our mission of developing engaged and effective citizens with a commitment to life-long learning and the capacity to adapt to change in a multicultural, interdependent world,” President Harvey Kesselman said. “The university has always valued differences and promoted mutual respect, fairness, community outreach and the open exchange of ideas.”

The HEED Award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

In the past year, Stockton developed the Committee on Campus Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, a campus climate survey for employees, and is analyzing the survey data.

The committee plans to develop a similar campus climate survey for students.

Stockton Provost Lori Vermeulen also established Stockton University Grants in Support of Strengthening Diversity. Seven grants have been awarded this year.

Stockton will be featured with 79 other recipients in the November issue of the magazine.



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