MUSC Earns HEED Award for Diversity Commitment

Contact: Heather Woolwine

Oct. 16, 2017

CHARLESTON, SC – The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has received the 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — MUSC will be featured along with 23 other recipients in the December 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“With the help of many members of our MUSC teams across the enterprise, we submitted a comprehensive HEED award application that detailed an incredible and monumental amount of work and positive outcomes related to our diversity and inclusion journey so far,” said Willette Burnham-Williams, Ph.D., university chief diversity officer at MUSC. “We are honored to be in the company of 23 organizations that have not only answered the call for enhancing diversity and inclusion within our higher education organization – particularly health professions, but that are leading the way for others to follow. We are proud to work in an institution that embraces diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative and pathway to a brighter future for us all.”

For a comprehensive and in-depth look at what MUSC and MUSC Health have been achieving and implementing in terms of embracing diversity and encouraging inclusion, visit MUSC Diversity.

“The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion. We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. For more information about the 2017 Health Professions HEED Award, visit Insight Into Diversity.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 14,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.4 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I Trauma Center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2017, for the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit For more information on hospital patient services, visit