GVSU one of 12 to receive high rating on diversity, inclusion evaluation

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The rating comes from a certification program designed by Cooplew and Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.
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Grand Valley was among 12 institutions given the highest rating, a "B," on one of four pillars used to evaluate diversity and inclusion.

The rating comes from a certification program designed by Cooplew and Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. The Diverse Organizational Impact and Transformation (DOIT) certification program seeks to recognize efforts on campus by learning what institutions are doing, or not doing, to transform experiences for their students, faculty and staff members.

Jesse Bernal, vice president for Inclusion and Equity and executive associate for presidential initiatives, said the first pillar measured was institutional leadership and commitment. The B rating indicates work left to do, Bernal added, but recognizes strategies like campus climate surveys and the network of racial equity advisors. 

Read interviews with Bernal and leaders from the 11 other institutions online.