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A national publication has awarded University of New Mexico’s colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy with its 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award.

The colleges are among 31 recipients of the 2016 HEED award, said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of Insight Into Diversity.

“Our standards are high,” Pearlstein said. “We look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus.”

Carolyn Montoya, PhD, associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Nursing, said diversity is baked into the culture.

“This award reflects the ongoing commitment of faculty and staff to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are reflected not only in all of our nursing programs but are also evident in our relationships with students and with each other,” she said.

About 53 percent of nursing students are minorities, Montoya said. The college also supports diversity education in the workplace, LGBTQ communities and expanded its curriculum to include information on diverse and underrepresented communities.

Lynda Welage, PharmD, dean of College of Pharmacy, said that throughout its 70-year history the college has been committed to diversity among its students, faculty and staff.

“It enriches our community as we work together to prepare the next generation of pharmacists to provide for the health care needs of all New Mexicans,” Welage said.