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  • Andrew Young to speak at MLK Freedom Breakfast Jan. 23

    October 16, 2014

    Ambassador Andrew Young, the former mayor of Atlanta, will be the keynote speaker for the 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast Jan. 23 at 7:30 a.m. in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center on the University of Georgia campus. Sponsored by UGA, the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the Clarke County School District, the MLK Freedom Breakfast commemorates the life of the late civil rights leader. This year’s theme is “The Power …

  • Diversity Advisory Council Nominations and Application

    September 16, 2014

    The Office of Institutional Diversity welcomes nominations and applications for membership on the 2015 UGA Diversity Advisory Council (DAC). The Council promotes a proactive and ongoing engagement to support an ethic of inclusion throughout the university. The Council is committed to inclusive excellence, providing a welcoming campus culture and fostering living, learning and working environments supportive of the differences and similarities of all people. The Council will aid in developing and implementing strategies to increase the …

  • Congratulations to our 2014 Scholarship Recipients

    August 13, 2014

    On Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 3pm in the UGA Chapel, the 2014 scholarship recipients will be recognized. Charles Orgbon III of Dacula, Georgia has been awarded the 2014 Black Alumni Scholarship. Genesis Castro of Lawrenceville, Georgia and Omar France of Morrow, Georgia are the recipients of the 2014 Diversity Scholarship. There were a record number of scholarship applications received this year and it was a particularly strong applicant pool.

  • Fifteen students honored as Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars

    May 15, 2014

    Fifteen University of Georgia freshmen were honored as Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars for the 2013-14 academic year at a dinner held on April 14 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, welcomed scholars and their parents to the event. Scott Williamson of the Coca-Cola Company was on hand to present the scholarship certificates, along with Linda Brigham of the Coca-Cola Company and Laura Jolly, UGA's …

  • Horace Ward to receive honorary UGA degree

    March 20, 2014

    The University of Georgia will honor retired federal judge Horace Ward—the university’s first African-American applicant—with an honorary doctor of laws degree during its spring graduate Commencement ceremony on May 9 in Stegeman Coliseum. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved Ward’s honorary degree during its March 19 meeting. “Judge Horace Ward’s legacy is a significant one in the history of the University of Georgia,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “He has made …

  • UGA engineer receives $1 million to develop milk cooler

    February 6, 2014

    Keeping milk safe and healthy to drink is a challenge in areas without electricity. A University of Georgia engineer received $1 million to continue working on a milk cooler designed to help dairy farmers, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, who lack access to refrigeration. The milk cooler, developed by William Kisaalita, professor of biological and mechanical engineering in the UGA College of Engineering, uses the principle of evaporative cooling to quickly bring the temperature of …

  • UGA Launched the AAMI

    October 31, 2013

    The University of Georgia Office of Institutional Diversity has launched the African American Male Initiative, a program targeted at enrolling, retaining and graduating African-American males. The program, which is funded by a $10,000 grant from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and part of a larger network of African-American male initiatives in the system, is co-directed by the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Division of Student Affairs. These offices will jointly administer the …

  • 2013 Graduates of the Diversity & Inclusion Certificate

    September 26, 2013

    Recognized at our annual Embracing Diversity event held on September 5, 2013 were 76 faculty and staff members who completed the requirements for the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate. The certificate program is a partnership between the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Human Resources Training and Development Center. The certificate creates an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore strategic areas around diversity and to learn more about ways in which they can assist in ensuring …

  • OID speaker issues call to learn more, remove obstacles to diversity

    September 26, 2013

    Celebrating how far UGA has come but also challenging itself to push further, the university held its annual Embracing Diversity event Sept. 5 at the Chapel. Victor Wilson, the new vice president for student affairs, delivered the keynote address in which he challenged the audience to continue striving to learn more about the diverse people who surround them and remove the obstacles to embracing diversity. "It is when we immerse ourselves in those things that …

  • OID speaker issues call to learn more, remove obstacles to diversity

    September 26, 2013

    Celebrating how far UGA has come but also challenging itself to push further, the university held its annual Embracing Diversity event Sept. 5 at the Chapel. Victor Wilson, the new vice president for student affairs, delivered the keynote address in which he challenged the audience to continue striving to learn more about the diverse people who surround them and remove the obstacles to embracing diversity. "It is when we immerse ourselves in those things that …

  • Sylvia Schell Awarded with the Diversity Abroad Excellence in Diversifying International Education

    August 7, 2013

    Diversity Abroad is excited to announce Sylvia Schell of the University of Georgia as the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Diversifying International Education Award (EDIE)! The award celebrates the work of outstanding individuals who have developed inclusive practices that increase access, foster diversity and inclusion in international education and promote an inclusive environment for international students on campus. Ms. Schell’s nomination highlighted her commitment to developing initiatives that support diverse student populations and creating inclusive …

  • Shepherd named inaugural UGA Athletic Association Professor in Social Sciences

    June 13, 2013

    Professor of geography and research meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd has been appointed the inaugural Athletic Association Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Georgia. The special appointment was made by the Board of Regents at their May 2013 meeting and became effective immediately. Director of the UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program and a professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of geography, Shepherd joined the university faculty in 2006 after 12 years …

  • Brown named law school associate dean of academic affairs

    June 12, 2013

    Lonnie T. Brown Jr., who joined the University of Georgia School of Law faculty in 2002, will become the school’s associate dean of academic affairs July 1, upon the retirement of Paul M. Kurtz. Georgia Law Dean Rebecca Hanner White said she was pleased Brown agreed to take on this important responsibility at the school. “I am confident Lonnie will do an excellent job for us all,” she said. Brown is not a stranger to the …

  • UGA COE Dr. Jenny Penney Oliver receives the Faculty Diversity Award

    May 2, 2013

    Jenny Penney Oliver, a senior academic professional in the department of counseling and human development services, received the Faculty Diversity Award. This award recognizes faculty members whose research, teaching and/or service promotes a more diverse local, university and/or global community. It includes a cash award. The award has recently been renamed the Jenny Penny Oliver Diversity Award in honor of her commitment and record of accomplishment in creating and facilitating partnerships to bridge diversity in Georgia …

  • Why African Americans May be Left Out of the 21st Century Job Market

    April 30, 2013

    Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd shares ways that African American can be more competitive in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Read more at http://www.ebony.com/career-finance/why-african-americans-may-be-left-out-of-the-21st-century-job-market-498#axzz2QXE3XCxN

  • R. Baxter Miller receives creative research award

    April 22, 2013

    R. Baxter Miller receives the Albert Christ-Janer Award for distinguished achievements in the arts and humanities R. Baxter Miller is one of the nation's most prominent experts on African-American literature. Much of his scholarship has focused on the Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Of the 10 books Miller has written, compiled or edited, four are on Hughes. With his 1989 book, The Art and Imagination of Langston Hughes, which won the American Book Award in …

  • Noted author Judith Ortiz Cofer receives SEC Faculty Achievement Award

    April 10, 2013

    Judith Ortiz Cofer, Regents and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the University of Georgia’s 2013 recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. Ortiz Cofer is a two-time Pulitzer-Prize nominee and the author of four critically acclaimed novels, several lauded books of poetry, essays and memoirs, as well as books for children. The award, which is administered by the SEC provosts, recognizes one …

  • UGA professor receives American Academy of Religion teaching award

    March 4, 2013

    Carolyn Medine, a University of Georgia professor in the department of religion and the Institute for African American Studies, has been selected to receive the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Academy of Religion. The professional society for scholarship and teaching in the field of religion, the AAR has more 10,000 members who teach in about 1,000 colleges, universities, seminaries and schools in North America and abroad. The award, announced on the AAR website, …

  • UGA associate professor wins national teaching award

    February 27, 2013

    University of Georgia students taking Maria Navarro’s classes are likely to come away with more than knowledge of international agriculture. They tend to have a new concern about the health and wellbeing of the world’s population. The associate professor’s ability to inspire students and instill a new social consciousness has made her classes popular with students across the UGA campus and has won her national recognition. She recently accepted the New Teacher Award from the U.S. …

  • UGA to celebrate women in STEM during March

    February 21, 2013

    In recognition of the 2013 national Women’s History Month theme “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination—Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” the University of Georgia Institute for Women’s Studies will sponsor numerous events in March. The month’s festivities will be highlighted by a keynote address from Alondra Nelson, associate professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University. Her lecture on “Sisters in Black Berets and White Coats: Engendering the Black Panther Party’s Health Politics” …

  • Jenna Jackson of Fayetteville, Ga. crowned Miss University of Georgia 2013

    January 23, 2013

    Jenna Jackson, a second-year law student, was crowned Miss University of Georgia 2013 at the annual scholarship pageant held Jan. 19 at the UGA Fine Arts Auditorium. Jackson is the daughter of John and Sandra Jackson of Fayetteville, Ga. Fourth runner up in the pageant was Lindsay Quandt, a marketing and international business major from Peachtree City, and third runner up was Mary Ashley Tucker, a digital and broadcast journalism major from Woodstock. Jasmin Severino, a …

  • UGA College of Education lecturer named 2012 State Deaf Community Leader

    October 30, 2012

    University of Georgia College of Education lecturer Christopher Patterson has received the 2012 Georgia Deaf Community Leader Award from Hamilton Relay, the service provider for telecommunication relay services in Georgia. Patterson, an American Sign Language lecturer and adviser to the ASL Dawgs Club since 2011, is a faculty member in the college’s department of communications sciences and special education. Patterson, who is deaf, uses sign language to deliver his lectures, advise students and communicate with others …

  • Office of Institutional Diversity Inaugural Class of the UGA Diversity & Inclusion Certificate

    September 18, 2012

    The Office of Institutional Diversity on Monday September 17, 2012, graduated its inaugural class of the UGA Diversity and Inclusion Certificate. This inaugural class is made up of 18 individuals from 14 units across the university. Graduates completed at least six courses in the program. Their participation and completion of the certificate indicate their sincere commitment to expanding, celebrating and promoting a diverse and welcoming environment here at the University of Georgia. 2012 Diversity and Inclusion …

  • Poet Laureate Trethewey to speak at UGA during Spotlight on the Arts festival

    August 30, 2012

    Natasha Trethewey, U.S. poet laureate for 2012-2013, will deliver the University of Georgia Charter Lecture as one of the signature events during UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival scheduled for Nov. 3-11. Trethewey will speak Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel with a public reception immediately following in Demosthenian Hall. Trethewey is the author of Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, published by the University of Georgia Press; Native Guard, for …

  • UGA Study Abroad Receives Diversity Innovation Grant

    August 30, 2012

    UGA is one of Three schools awarded 2012 Innovation Grants from the Diversity Abroad Network. Sponsored by CAPA International Education, the grants are used to address issues of diversity, equity, and underrepresented in international education. For more information go to http://www.diversitynetwork.org/index.php?option=com_updatesannounce&view=detail&id=50&Itemid=51

  • UGA recognizes new U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, a university alumna

    July 6, 2012

    The University of Georgia is celebrating the recent appointment of Natasha Trethewey as the U.S. poet laureate for 2012-2013. Trethewey earned an undergraduate degree in English from UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences in 1989, before pursuing a master's degree in poetry from Hollins University and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Along with her UGA alumna status, Trethewey has several other UGA connections. The UGA Press published her 2010 memoir …

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker gave this year’s Mary Frances Early Lecture

    April 20, 2012

    The class act: U.S. needs to talk more about economic difference It's not race, but class that our nation has a hard time discussing, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and UGA visiting professor Cynthia Tucker told a crowd at the 12th annual Mary Frances Early Lecture on April 4. "I will never tell you that racism has been eradicated in this country. The Trayvon Martin case is a tragic reminder that it has not," she said. "But I …

  • The inaugural International Diversity Award

    April 19, 2012

    Dr. Tina Harris of the Department of Communication Studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences was the recipient of the inaugural International Diversity Award, jointly conferred by the Office of International Education and the Office of Institutional Diversity. The International Diversity award is given to a faculty or staff member who has shown dedication to promoting diversity as part of UGA’s internationalization. This includes recruiting students from underrepresented populations for study abroad; educating international …

  • Dream Award winner helps change school environments

    February 27, 2012

    For Corey Johnson, fulfilling his job responsibilities isn’t enough. He wants change. As an associate professor of counseling and human development services in the College of Education, Johnson’s work often sheds light on troubling facts about the inequality experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth that he and his colleagues couldn’t ignore. “Kids are being bullied in schools and in some instances, taking their own lives and that made us think, ‘We can’t sit …

  • New associate provost for institutional diversity plans to make campus more inclusive

    February 27, 2012

    RedandBlack.com article by Lindsey Cook on February 27, 2012. See this article at http://redandblack.com/2012/02/27/new-associate-provost-for-institutional-diversity-plans-to-make-campus-more-inclusive/ Michelle Cook has been named associate provost for institutional diversity at UGA. She plans to use the University’s broad definition of diversity to make the campus more inclusive and welcoming for all, and to work toward goals outlined in the University’s 2011- 2016 Diversity Plan. Cook has served the position as interim provost since May 2011, after previous Provost Cheryl Dozier accepted …

  • 2012 MLK Freedom Breakfast speaker recalls life, legacy of King

    January 13, 2012

    For Billye Aaron, an advocate for higher education for African Americans and the wife of baseball legend Hank Aaron, this year’s Freedom Breakfast was about remembering the life and legacy of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Aaron spoke about the first time she met the King family at their house in Birmingham in 1959. She went on to recount a dreary evening in April 1968 when she learned of his shooting and was among …

  • UGA Diversity and Inclusion Certificate

    December 16, 2011

    The Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) is proud to introduce the UGA Diversity and Inclusion Certificate. The certificate creates an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore strategic areas around diversity and to learn more about the ways in which they can assist in ensuring that UGA is welcoming and inclusive of all communities. The Diversity and Inclusion Certificate is a partnership between the Office of Institutional Diversity, Training and Career Development (Human Resources) and other …

  • Freshman Class, Law & Vet Med Set Records for Diversity

    October 20, 2011

     UGA enrolled the largest freshman class in history this fall. According to data from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the class includes some 5,500 freshmen – an increase of more than 10 percent over last year. With more than 1,400 of the entering freshmen self-identifying as other than Cau­casian, the ethnic and racial makeup of the entering class shows record diversity.   More than 480 first-year African-American students are enrolled (8.7 percent of the class). The …

  • Peach State LSAMP Grant Renewed

    August 31, 2011

    The National Science Foundation has renewed a five-year, $4.9 million grant to the University of Georgia and six partner institutions that aims to bolster the number of students from underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. From the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, part of the NSF, the renewal grant will benefit more students than ever before. Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State University have joined the partnership of state colleges …

  • University of Georgia Diversity Plan Approved

    August 31, 2011

    A diversity plan prepared by the Diversity Advisory Council has been approved by Provost Jere Morehead for dissemination to academic units that report to the provost. “I believe this plan will help the University of Georgia remain a community of vibrant, diverse and inclusive communities of faculty, staff and students who are reflective of and responsive to the diversity of the state of Georgia,” Morehead said. The plan outlines five goals that relate to institutional climate; …

  • UGA Graduate School receives Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Admissions Practices

    June 15, 2011

    UGA’s Graduate School received the 2010-2011 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Admissions from the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools and the Educational Testing Service. The Graduate School was recognized for its databased Recruitment through Graduation initiative that grew out of the innovative practices developed during the Ph.D. Completion Project, a research project funded by the Council of Graduate Schools to understand why graduate students did not finish their advanced degrees. Practices now include …