Message from the Associate Provost

Michelle Garfield Cook

Welcome to the OID Web site!

Welcome to the Office of Institutional Diversity at the University of Georgia! We are committed to a vision of leadership in embracing diversity and inclusion at the University of Georgia. I am excited about the opportunity to serve as the Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer during a time when there is much progress to report, as you will see on this Web site.

The Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) leads the university in fulfilling its commitment to be a diverse campus that is enriched and informed by the personal, cultural, and intellectual differences of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. As UGA grows more diverse, creating a welcoming climate of respect and inclusiveness for all is more important than ever.

Recognizing and appreciating the value of diversity and cross-cultural understanding is critical to UGA’s mission. A continuing goal of this office is to ensure that the University of Georgia provides an inclusive environment where all students, faculty, staff, and external partners feel safe, and view our campus as a positive and nurturing academic environment.

OID prioritizes initiatives that serve the diversity goals and academic mission of the university. Our office facilitates collaboration on diversity initiatives throughout campus and the external community, and provides professional development opportunities focused on diversity. We also serve as a hub for information, resources and expertise regarding diversity issues.

As Chief Diversity Officer at UGA, I invite you to explore our Web site and encourage you to do your part in promoting diversity and inclusion. Our staff is ready to serve you and respond to any questions, concerns, and/or feedback regarding the Web site or the campus environment at diverse@uga.edu.

Michelle Garfield Cook

Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity