Farmingdale State College (FSC) today announced it has received the 2023 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the second consecutive year 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 — FSC will be featured, along with 108 other recipients, in the November/December 2023 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.  

This is the second year FSC has been named as a HEED Award recipient following a comprehensive and rigorous application process focused on the recruitment and retention of students and employees, best practices, leadership support for diversity, campus culture and climate, supplier diversity, and many other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion. FSC’s 2022 HEED Award is proudly displayed in Quintyne Hall, Room 100.  

“Farmingdale State College is committed to diversity, equity and inclusive excellence and this award is a tremendous point of pride,” said John Nader, PhD, president of FSC. “We are honored to be recognized among a select few of U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding dedication to these institutional priorities.” 

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized for our efforts to enhance and celebrate a vibrant and inclusive culture throughout the campus community,” said Kevin Jordan, EdD, vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence and chief diversity officer. “FSC cultivates a campus population that reflects the rich diversity of our global society while fostering a climate that provides educational, cultural, and economic opportunity.”  

Now a majority minority institution, 51 percent of FSC’s students identify as coming from minority backgrounds. FSC has also recently received Federal designations as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution from the U.S. Department of Education.  

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected FSC for its comprehensive recruitment and retention efforts, curriculum development, collaborative governance and administrative planning and leadership, and diverse campus activities and programs that consistently foster and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

“We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.” 

For more information, visit FSC’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion webpage or the 2023 HEED Award webpage.