seminole-state-students (2)SANFORD, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2014) — Seminole State College of Florida is one of only three colleges or universities in Florida honored with a 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

The national honor recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. This is the first year that Seminole State has been named a HEED Award recipient. Only 82 colleges and universities were selected for the award.

“We are proud to be recognized for this award, which is an honor earned and shared by each individual at Seminole State College who enriches the culture and stands for a diverse learning community,” said Janet Balanoff, associate vice president, Equity and Diversity/Title lX coordinator for Seminole State. “Diversity is a thread woven throughout our curriculum and employee development, and our commitment to these efforts is demonstrated in our national top-tier ranking for enrollment of African-American and Hispanic students.”

Nearly half of the college’s 31,000 students are ethnic minorities. The college also serves more than 1,000 veterans and their dependents each year.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected Seminole State College based on its exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, including the ability to embrace a broad definition of campus diversity that encompasses gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community, first-generation college students and those who speak English as a second language. Recipients will be recognized in the November issue.

Among the initiatives cited at Seminole State are employee and student workshops, the Seminole State Speaker Series and a day-long student celebration called Diversity Rocks!

Florida State University and the University of North Florida were the other two Florida institutions recognized.

For more information about the 2014 HEED award, visit

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Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965 and a part of the public Florida College System, serves more than 32,000 students with campuses in Altamonte Springs, Heathrow, Oviedo and Sanford/Lake Mary. Seminole State is committed to cultivating a vibrant atmosphere in which faculty, staff and students thrive. For more about the college, visit, and like us on Facebook,, and follow us on Twitter @seminolestate.

Photo: Students between classes at Seminole State College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus

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