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MUSC named 2022 Top College for Diversity and Diversity Champion by INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine

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For sixth consecutive year, MUSC recognized with national diversity award

Recently, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, announced its 2022 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recipients. For the sixth year in a row, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) was among the HEED Award recipients.

MUSC was also named a Diversity Champion for the fifth consecutive year. Diversity Champions rank in the top tier of HEED Award recipients. These institutions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, infusing diversity, equity and inclusion across academic programs and at the highest administrative levels. Known for visionary leadership, Diversity Champions are institutions that serve as role models and set the standard for thousands of other U.S. college campuses striving for inclusive excellence.

“MUSC is proud to be honored with the 2022 distinction of the HEED award,” said chief equity officer Willette Burnham-Williams, Ph.D. “This award represents the work and impact of our institution’s sustained and compassionate commitment to becoming the preeminent model for DEI among academic health science centers.”

The annual Health Professions HEED Award – a national honor recognizing U.S. health colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion – comes with national recognition from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The 2022 list of Top Colleges for Diversity features 64 other recipients. MUSC and all of the other 2022 awardees will be featured in the December 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 Health Professions HEED Award, visit insightintodiversity.com.

About INSIGHT Into Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education today and is well-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 at insightintodiversity.com.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system, with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,000 students in six colleges – Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – and trains more than 850 residents and fellows in its health system. MUSC brought in more than $297.8 million in research funds in fiscal year 2022, leading the state overall in research funding. For information on academic programs, visit musc.edu.

As the health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest-quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of outstanding health care providers and leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided at 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital locations in development; more than 350 telehealth sites, with connectivity to patients’ homes; and nearly 750 care locations situated in all regions of South Carolina. In 2022, for the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit muschealth.org.

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets totaling $5.1 billion. The nearly 25,000 MUSC team members include a world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers, scientists, students, affiliates and care team members who deliver and support groundbreaking education, research and patient care.

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