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ATSU named HEED Award recipient by INSIGHT Into Diversity for sixth consecutive year

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) has been named a recipient of the 2022 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

“ATSU thanks INSIGHT Into Diversity for recognizing the accomplishments of our diversity and inclusion team, students, faculty, and staff,” said ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84. “It is an honor to be included with other institutions recognized for their commitment to excellence in diversity.”

“Receiving this award continues to be a humbling experience that affirms ATSU’s commitment to cultural proficiency,” said Clinton Normore, MBA, vice president of ATSU diversity & inclusion. “Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the University’s mission. We take seriously the metrics prescribed in the HEED Award and regularly assess University culture to live up to our high expectations of educational excellence, access, opportunity, and exceptional service. We are grateful to the HEED Award’s review committee for recognizing these efforts.”

ATSU supports students who learn and serve in diverse, underserved, urban, and rural communities across the world. INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected ATSU for its deep commitment to an educational and collaborative environment embracing cultural proficiency, highlighted by the University’s innovative Dreamline Pathways program.

Through Dreamline Pathways, ATSU partners with school districts and community-based organizations, offering experiential learning opportunities to students. These collaborations introduce young minds to career opportunities in healthcare, and nurture students through campus and graduate student engagement opportunities.

Dreamline Pathways received the 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine earlier this year.

ATSU was the first comprehensive health professions university to be named a HEED Award recipient in consecutive years (2018) and has now extended its achievement to a sixth consecutive year. The University will be featured with 64 other recipients in the December 2022 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a Health Professions HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for schools where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.”

For more information about the 2022 HEED Award, visit


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