UGA’s Commitment to Diversity
As we begin a new academic year, I’d like reiterate and emphasize that the diversity of our faculty, staff and students is one of the University of Georgia’s greatest strengths.
Students come to the University of Georgia from each of our 159 counties, from all 50 states and more than 120 countries on six continents. We have more than 300,000 living alumni in all 50 states and around the world. In many ways, the University community is a microcosm of our larger, interconnected world, where people of different races, religions and perspectives live, study and work alongside each other.
Universities cease to function without the respectful exchange of ideas, but First Amendment protections of speech should not be confused with attempts to intimidate or harass. The University’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment policy is very clear in noting that this institution is committed to maintaining a fair and respectful environment.
Earlier this week, President Morehead sent out a message stressing that we all must stand united against hatred, racism and violence. I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with President Morehead and urge every member of the University community to play a constructive role in ensuring that our campuses exemplify inclusion and respect.
As a reminder, the University’s Equal Opportunity Office is responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and policies regarding discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Please visit the EOO website to learn more about the policies and resources that are related to the University’s commitment to a fair and respectful environment for living, work and study.