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Burrell College receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award


Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) received the 2022 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, BCOM said in a news release.

“The HEED Award recognizes those colleges that prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and go above and beyond for their students, faculty, staff and communities,” the college said. “Burrell is the only medical college in the United States with a mission addressing healthcare in the southwestern United States and its border with northern Mexico.” 

The award marks the first time the college has been selected for the recognition, which is presented annually by the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, BCOM said.

Burrell was one of six osteopathic medical schools to receive the honor.

“We are honored to be a recipient of the 2022 HEED,” said BCOM President John L. Hummer. “This is a testament of our entire team’s dedication to our mission and dedication towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive campus.”

“I am very proud of our Burrell College community for being recognized with the HEED Award,” said BCOM Dean Dr. Bill Pieratt. “We prioritize excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion, and this award is a well-deserved testament to the efforts put forth by our students, faculty, and staff.”

As a recipient of the HEED Award, Burrell will be featured, along with 63 other recipients, in the December 2022 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The HEED award “involves a rigorous application process that examines the recruitment, retention and support of underrepresented students and employees, effective leadership in diversity mission-setting, innovative programming aimed at inclusive excellence, and many other aspects of diversity and inclusion across campus,” said INSIGHT Publisher Lenore Pearlstein.

Of all students enrolled at BCOM this year, 57 percent are female, and 23 percent are underrepresented minorities in medicine, the college said.

Since opening its doors in 2013, the four-year, private osteopathic medical school “has matriculated between 21 percent and 32 percent of students from underrepresented populations in medicine,” BCOM said.

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