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CVCC Receives HEED Excellence in Diversity Award

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recently recognized Catawba Valley Community College with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for its efforts to embrace diversity and inclusion in its faculty, staff, students and suppliers.

CVCC was one of only five community colleges in the country, and the only one in North Carolina, to receive the award.  

Created by publishers of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Awards honor colleges and universities that are committed to diversity in not only race and ethnicity, but in gender, age, veteran status, people from LGBT communities, people with disabilities and other areas of human diversity.

According to Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of INSIGHT, the HEED awards were presented not just to schools that have a few initiatives or a diversity committee. The judges looked for schools that work consistently to make diversity and inclusion a part of the campus and for programs and initiatives considered unique and exemplary.

CVCC was recognized in part for its series of cultural celebrations held throughout the year. The culture of Hispanic, Native American, Hmong, and African American cultures are celebrated with unique events on campus open to the community.

The first community college in the state to establish an Office of Multicultural Affairs, CVCC provides individuals of all ethnicities a base to embrace and value diversity campus wide. Lead by Steve Hunt, the office provides the catalyst for an environment that fosters positive educational experiences for all students. Through its outreach initiatives, engagement is made with civic, churches, and community groups to enhance diverse enrollment.

For more information about CVCC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, contact Hunt at 828-327-7000, ext. 4570, or visit

Pictured above are CVCC President Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw (left) and Steve Hunt.


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