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Sacred Heart Honored for STEM, Diversity Efforts

Program for underrepresented students earns SHU an award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine

Sacred Heart University has received the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The award honors SHU for its initiative to educate underrepresented students interested in studying the sciences. 

Through the award, INSIGHT Into Diversity recognizes colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Sacred Heart will be featured, along with 49 other recipients, in the magazine’s September issue.

INSIGHT Into Diversity selected SHU for its scholarship program, Involvement in Coastal and Marine, Molecular and Neuroscience (In-CoMMoN), which will prepare 14 qualified, low-income students for careers in those areas of national need. Last fall, the National Science Foundation awarded SHU a $650,000 grant to implement the In-CoMMoN program. Each student will receive scholarship support for four years.

“Sacred Heart is pioneering its efforts in diversity and inclusion, and we are happy to be acknowledged for our burgeoning work in this field,” said Julie Lawrence, SHU’s executive director for diversity and inclusion. “Through In-CoMMoN, our hope is that these 14 scholars can better pursue their degrees in their field of choice. We support their dreams and know they will work toward greatness.” 

The In-CoMMoN program’s overall objective is to enroll two cohorts of seven students and ultimately place them in STEM-related careers or graduate school within one year of graduation. The University is recruiting the first seven scholars to begin their studies in the fall, and the second cohort will begin in the fall of 2020.

“We know that many STEM programs are not always recognized for their success, dedication, and mentorship for underrepresented students,” said Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We want to honor the schools and organizations that have created programs that inspire and encourage young people who may currently be in or are interested in a future career in STEM. We are proud to honor these programs as role models to other institutions of higher education and beyond.”

For more information about the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit