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San Antonio –The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce that the Feik School of Pharmacy has received one of the 2016 Inaugural Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversitymagazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The FSOP is one of only three pharmacy schools in the country to be recognized.

As a recipient of the Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — UIW’s Feik School of Pharmacy will be featured, along with 30 other recipients, in the December 2016 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“From inception, the Feik School of Pharmacy took its cues from elements of the University’s Mission: 1) recognition of God's presence in each person, and 2) welcomes persons of diverse backgrounds.  From these foundational concepts, the school sought to enhance human intellectual diversity to build a student body, faculty and staff that reflect our society while fostering a climate of inclusiveness, equity and respect for human dignity. We work continuously to do just that.  It is thrilling to see that others recognize our work,” said Founding Dean Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy for several reasons including the balanced ethnic profile of its students, faculty and staff.  The FSOP also encourages and supports community engagement such that it becomes a way of life for its students, producing graduates who are concerned, caring, and knowledgeable members of the community.

“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. We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.  

For more information about the 2016 Health Professions HEED Award, visit www.insightintodiversity.com.  

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CONTACT:    Margaret Garcia, associate director communications and marketing, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu

About UIW
With over 130 years of tradition the University of the Incarnate Word is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. UIW programs constitute a liberal education that fosters a well-grounded intellectual resilience, a disposition toward lifelong learning, and an acceptance of responsibility for the ethical consequences of our ideas and actions. UIW is the largest Catholic university in the state and the fourth largest private university in Texas.  At UIW, we are committed to shaping good minds of strong character that will expand our world, and our universe. UIW’s student body of nearly 11,000 students can choose from almost 90 degrees offered at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. With a beautiful main campus in the heart of San Antonio’s Alamo Heights, UIW has locations throughout San Antonio, South and Central Texas, two campuses in Mexico and a European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany.  UIW is a leader in international education, with 140 “sister schools” in 44 countries. UIW is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

About INSIGHT Into Diversity
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the largest and oldest diversity publication in higher education today and is known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across their campuses. In addition to its online job board, INSIGHT Into Diversity presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity and inclusion across higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as profiles of best practices and exemplary programs. Readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived, and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at www.insightintodiversity.com