Press Release for Tuesday, September 1, 2020
UNF Receives 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
Media Relations Director
University of North Florida
University of North Florida has been awarded the 2020 Higher Education
Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the
oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This is
the sixth year that UNF has been recognized for this diversity award.
HEED award is a national honor that recognizes U.S. colleges and universities
that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
University is very honored to receive this important recognition that highlights
our ongoing commitment to having a diverse, welcoming and inclusive campus
environment for our students, faculty and staff,” said UNF President David
Szymanski. “We will continue to develop and implement diversity and inclusion
initiatives throughout all of our campus community.”
University has a steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in its
campus operations, programs and services.
Meyer was recently appointed as the University’s Vice President, Chief
Diversity Officer, to identify opportunities for greater alignment and more
unified diversity efforts across campus. She advises University leadership on
diversity, inclusion and racial equality pertaining to strategies and policies,
learning and research, community relations and the recruitment, retention and
admission of faculty, staff and students of color.
Meyer also manages key programs aimed
at promoting diversity, which include the Community Alliance for Student
Success (CASS) program and the Fearless Woman initiative.
The CASS program
aims to ensure that underrepresented students have opportunities to become
successful business and community leaders and the Fearless Woman initiative
strives to empower and prepare UNF’s next generation of women leaders. Both the
CASS and Fearless Woman programs bring traditionally separated groups of people
together to promote a shared sense of community for UNF.
addition, the University’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, Department of
Diversity Initiatives, LGBT Resource Center and OneJax, all work together and
with diversity and inclusion liaisons to support inclusive excellence on campus.
UNF will be featured
along with the other recipients in the magazine’s November issue. More
information on UNF’s Department of Diversity Initiatives can be found at