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

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) has been named a recipient of the 2023 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 was the first comprehensive health professions university to be named a HEED Award recipient in consecutive years (2017-18) and has now extended its achievement to a seventh consecutive year.

“A.T. Still University thanks Insight Into Diversity magazine for again recognizing the University’s commitment to and successes within the areas of diversity and inclusion,” said ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84. “Congratulations to Clinton Normore, MBA, vice president of ATSU diversity & inclusion, and his team on this recognition.”

“ATSU remains committed to ensuring access and opportunity for historically underrepresented groups (HUGs) in the health professions,” Normore said. “The University has initiated several programs over the last two years that affirm its commitment. The University is founded on innovative ideas that originate from and include diversity. Its mission-centered, data-driven approach to health professions education is measured through the HEED Award application process. We are extremely grateful to have been chosen again for this award.”

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, which received the 2023 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine earlier this year.

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.

“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.”

As a recipient of the annual Health Professions HEED Award – a national honor recognizing U.S. health college and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion – ATSU will be featured, along with 64 other recipients, in the November/December 2023 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

For more information about the 2023 HEED Award, visit


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