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Colorado Springs – September 15, 2018 – Today, Pikes Peak Community College received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The annual HEED Award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

PPCC is the only college in the Pikes Peak Region, one of four colleges in the state and one of only five community colleges in the nation to receive this award. 

"This was truly a team effort, and it will take an even greater collaborative mindset to get us to the next level in our goal to achieve Inclusive Excellence," said Keith R. Barnes, M.S.Ed., PPCC's Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected PPCC based on its diversity and inclusion efforts that include:

  • Senior Leadership support and overall stakeholder investment in the effort since 2014. 
  • The creation of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategic goals, tactics, and disaggregated data.
  • Enhanced infrastructure including DEI Director, Diversity Team, Multicultural Awareness Conference, DEI website, DEI Awards, Coordinator of Multicultural Student Retention Initiatives, Global Village Talks, Colorado Diversity and Global Learning Competencies, Enrollment Management Team: Underrepresented Student Subcommittee, etc. 
  • The diversity of its student body particularly the Hispanic/LatinX population.
  • Community partnerships including AAYLC, ECOC Summit and Diversity University, El Cinco de Mayo/Latino Community Luncheon, CCCS Equity and Inclusion Council, Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute and Young Documentary Academy.
  • Award recognitions including the Best for Vests, Care and Share Mobile Food Market, Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Grant. 

“The 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 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.”

 For more information about the 2018 HEED Award, visit


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Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPCC offers associate degrees, certifications in career and technical fields and its first bachelor degree in emergency services administration starting fall 2018. With three campuses, two learning centers and two military education centers, PPCC provides access to a quality, affordable and flexible education to 19,000 students annually.


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 online at