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UCF Wins 8th Annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Awards

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UCF is still recognized Insight into Diversity A magazine dedicated to inclusive excellence. The university has been awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award eight years in a row by the magazine, the oldest and largest publication focused on diversity in higher education.

As a recipient of the annual HEED Awards — a national honor that recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — UCF, along with 102 other recipients, will join 11 of 2022. month issue Insight into Diversity magazine. UCF is one of the influential institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

“The HEED Awards reflect our unwavering commitment to all-encompassing excellence that enables us to live our values ​​and fulfill our mission.”

Andrea Guzman, Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, said: “The HEED Awards reflect our unwavering commitment to all-encompassing excellence that enables us to live our values ​​and fulfill our mission.”

For more than a decade, UCF has provided the resources and tools they need to succeed in helping students of all backgrounds, including first generations and those from underserved communities, earn a quality college degree. We have made every effort to provide this month, US News & World Report UCF is ranked 59th and 41st among all institutions in the Among public schools for top performers in social mobility. washington monthly The magazine also ranked 37th in the UCF ranking among national universities for social mobility, up 21 places from the previous year. university is 19th Among the top public universities washington monthly2022 College Guide and Rankings.

US News & World Report recently ranked UCF as the Best College for Veterans Students. The Military Times’ 2022 Best For Bet: Colleges list also ranks him #76 at UCF nationally. This honor is based primarily on student success metrics such as completion and retention. It also covers military-specific resources such as UCF’s Office of Military and Veteran Student Success (formerly known as the Veterans Academic Resource Center). In June, UCF earned a Silver Award on his 2022-23 Military Friendly Schools list.

In February, UCF was awarded $5 million by the Ginsburg Family Foundation to establish a center focused on promoting inclusion, building intercultural and global capacity, and serving the community. UCF’s Ginsburg Center for Inclusion and Community Engagement serves college students, faculty, and members of the Orlando community. UCF expanded the Ginsburg Family Foundation endowment with his $2.5 million college investment from the UCF Challenge. The challenge will provide matching funds from her $40 million donation made by philanthropists Mackenzie Scott and Dan Jewett in 2021 to major his UCF initiatives.

As of Fall 2022, 29.8% of UCF’s undergraduate institutions identify as Hispanic/Latino/a/x. In 2019, UCF was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). This is a US Department of Education classification awarded to institutions with at least 25% full-time equivalent undergraduates. In 2021, UCF will Coat of arms of Excelenciaawarded to a total of 24 institutions that have provided purposeful service to Latino students and demonstrated positive momentum in the advancement of Latino students.

Within the past year, UCF has been selected as a preferred partner for several initiatives dedicated to promoting inclusion through academic and research opportunities. This includes selection to NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Space Technology Artemis Research (M-STAR) initiative and is eligible by his HSI designation at UCF. Last year, the university was one of seven national agencies awarded her $500,000, aimed at providing an interdisciplinary research experience to support the space agency’s return to the moon. and

In April, UCF and Helios Education Foundation jointly invested $3.25 million to create new pathways for college success for qualified students at Jones, Evans and Oakridge High School, a majority-black student body. launched the UCF Downtown Scholars Initiative. , in Orlando. This initiative provides pre-college programming and support, first-year student mentoring, and a summer bridge program where students live on her UCF downtown campus.

UCF was also used earlier this year to participate in a national training program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

UCF joins more than a dozen other institutions in June to form an Alliance of Hispanic Research Universities aimed at doubling the number of Hispanic PhD students and increasing the number of Hispanic faculty members at member institutions by 20% was formed.

This summer, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Google selected UCF for their new Hispanic-Serving Institutions Career Readiness Program. The program aims to build a strong workforce by helping HSI college students develop the digital skills they need to find and secure internships. And jobs that help them build successful careers.

of Orlando Business Journal recognized UCF as an Outstanding Diversity Organization in the Large Business category in June.