Kudos for Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership

The Vira I. Heinz (VIH) Program for Women in Global Leadership received an honorable mention for the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Awards institutional category in recognition of its commitment to prepare female students, who have never been abroad, for tomorrow’s global challenges. The award was presented at the 5th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 22, 2017. 

The EDIIE honorable mention recognizes the VIH Program’s innovative on and off campus partnerships, curriculum, programming, and outreach that increases access and fosters diversity and inclusion in international education and exchange for targeted female students. Funded by The Heinz Endowments, the VIH Program offers an unparalleled opportunity for international experiences, leadership development, and community service. Every year, a cohort of 45 awardees is admitted into the leadership development program and receive a scholarship to fund a summer international experience, which may include study abroad. The Program has a proven success rate for attracting and retaining diverse students, who develop linguistic, technical, and cultural skills.

The annual EDIIE Awards are granted by the Diversity Abroad Network, the leading professional consortium of educational institutions, government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion in global education. Diversity Abroad awards highlight outstanding achievements of institutions and organizations that have developed practices that either foster diversity and inclusion in international education and exchange or promotes an inclusive environment for international students on campus.