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ATSU wins INSIGHT Into Diversity’s HEED Award for fifth consecutive year

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) has been named a recipient of the 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

“The HEED Award application has become our diversity ‘North Star,’” said Clinton Normore, MBA, vice president of ATSU diversity & inclusion. “The metrics incorporated into the application are essentially a framework for our diversity scorecard. ATSU is so proud of its efforts to excel in each category. Though there is much work to do, we are extremely appreciative of the recognition and affirmation this award provides.”

“ATSU is grateful for receiving the 2021 HEED recognition,” said ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, “acknowledging the efforts and commitment of trustees, students, faculty, and staff to diverse and inclusive healthcare and health professions education.”

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 2021 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 fifth consecutive year. The University will be featured with 50 other recipients in the December 2021 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 2021 HEED Award, visit


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