The University of Georgia’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus environment has been recognized nationally for the fourth consecutive year.
The INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award is the only national award for colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion, and UGA is one of just 81 recipients this year.
Receiving this honor for four consecutive years speaks to the unwavering dedication of this institution’s administration, faculty, staff and students to creating an environment that enables individuals to reach their full potential.
To help recruit a diverse student body, UGA has implemented a range of programs that introduce prospective students to the unrivaled learning opportunities this institution offers. Programs such as Gear Up for College, which is funded by the Goizueta Foundation and administered through the university’s Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, introduce high-achieving middle-school students to the University through an immersive campus visit. Through the Road Dawgs program, UGA students volunteer their spring breaks to visit high schools across Georgia and discuss college preparedness. Additional recruitment programs include Padres e Hijos Fin de Semana (Parents and Students Weekend), Movimiento Latino, the Georgia African American Male Experience and Georgia Daze. Collectively, these programs have helped increase the number of African-American students at UGA by 33 percent and the number of Hispanic students by 21 percent over the past five years.
The success of students on campus is bolstered by programs offered by our Division of Student Affairs, which oversees units such as the Disability Resource Center, Multicultural Services and Programs, International Student Life and the Student Veterans Resource Center, among many others. Vice President for Student Affairs Victor Wilson received the INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Award for his leadership, and President Morehead received the award in 2016. In addition, Dr. Michelle Garfield Cook provides exemplary leadership of the Office of Institutional Diversity and has played an integral role in securing National Science Foundation grants to increase the participation of under-represented minorities in STEM fields at UGA.
Across campus, more than 5,500 faculty and staff members have participated in the voluntary Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion program since it was launched in 2012. This year alone, more than 70 faculty and staff members earned the UGA Diversity and Inclusion Certificate, which is presented to employees who voluntarily complete six diversity-related courses.
Earning the HEED Award for four consecutive years is a collective accomplishment that speaks to the dedication of UGA’s administration, faculty, staff and students to maintaining a supportive campus environment. Members of the University community bring a range of backgrounds and perspectives to campus, but we are united in our commitment to knowledge, growth and discovery.
Office of Institutional Diversity: http://diversity.uga.edu/