University Diversity Office

EKU Earns Excellence in Diversity Awards

Eastern Kentucky University is one of only two institutions in Kentucky to receive the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight into Diversity magazine.

The HEED Award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. EKU will be featured along with the 82 other recipients in the November 2016 issue of Insight into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

Minority Access honored Eastern Kentucky University as an institution comitted to diversity for 2016.  Dr. Timothy Forde, Chief Diversity Officer/Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President, will accept the award on behalf of EKU at the National Role Models Conference on Oct 2, 2016.


Dr. Timothy Forde, Chief Diversity Officer & Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President

Dr. Timothy Forde received his bachelor’s degree from Oakwood University, his MPH degree from the School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and his Ph.D. degree from Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Forde has over 15 years of experience working with students and teachers including designing summer STEM camps for underrepresented minorities, providing diversity and inclusive excellence workshops for K -12 teachers and developing internships and fellowships for minority undergraduate and graduate students at federal research laboratories.  Dr. Forde’s research interests include the use of cultural competent instructional strategies in the classroom and using emerging instructional technologies to nurture higher order skill development.  Dr. Forde also is a faculty member in the School of Education here at EKU.  His hobbies include playing the piano, racquetball and cycling. 

Dr. Roger Cleveland, Inclusive Excellence Trainer

Dr. Cleveland is known for his educational insight in areas such as; diversity, instructional equity, cultural competency, closing achievement gaps, learning styles, transforming school culture, conducting culture audits, and school improvement planning. He has provided staff development and workshops for a number of schooldistricts, social service agencies, state educational agencies and universities. He has conducted trainings addressing diversity issues from Alaska to Mississippi. Cleveland has also provided diversity and leadership training for fortune 500 companies such as Ashland Oil and North American Toyota Manufacturing Company.


Focus on Diversity

Jared McClain