National Recognition of Programs That Are Making a Difference for All Underrepresented Groups in the Fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Two of Speed School’s student support programs received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Speed School will be featured, along with 77 other recipients, in the September 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Both the Brown-Forman Engineering Academy and the Office of Student Success were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives.

“Our efforts wouldn’t be possible without the support of the faculty and staff who dedicate their time to assist in our programs, the Dean’s office and central administration for their constant support,” said Heidi Neal, Director of Student Success. “Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all is vital to the success of our students.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected the Brown-Forman Engineering Academy because it is designed to assist underrepresented students with the transition to college by engaging in academic preparation, interacting with faculty, academic advisors, engineering students and alums, and striving to build support systems through team-building activities, mentorship, and industry tours.

The Office of Student Success was selected due to their focus on maximizing retention and graduation rates and their outreach initiatives for underrepresented students in K-12 education and college education.

“We know that many STEM programs are not always recognized for their success, dedication, and mentor-ship for underrepresented students,” says 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.”

A call for nominations for this award was announced in April 2018.

For more information about the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit