The University of Georgia marked the 50th anniversary of its desegregation with a series of events beginning on Sunday, January 9 and continuing through Monday, February 28, 2011. The theme of the commemoration was "Celebrating Courage" – not only of the pioneering students who broke the color barrier, but of those who supported them and those who came after.Learn More
A contribution to the Office of Institutional Diversity will foster the financial support of a wide variety of initiatives to address diversity at UGA.
OID provides and supports programming, such as:
- recruitment and retention efforts
- diversity scholarship funding
- pre-collegiate learning opportunities
- faculty and student mentoring events
If you would like to discuss ways to give, please contact our office at 706-583-8195; we will work with you to ensure your charitable giving needs are met.
The African Studies Institute provides benefits to students, faculty and staff encompassing the humanities, social sciences, physical, biological and agricultural sciences, as well as those from our professional schools, such as business, education, law, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, public health and environmental design. We provide classroom and practical experience and thoughtful discourse to students, undergraduates and graduates. We engage in original, collaborative research among faculty, and we encourage and support outreach/service learning opportunities for all with respect to Africa. The Institute's core and affiliate faculty and staff members are housed in various departments of Franklin College and the University's colleges and schools of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Education, Environmental and Design, Forestry and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, Journalism and Mass Communication, Social Work, Business, and Public and International Affairs.
The African Studies Institute offers an undergraduate Certificate in African Studies and an undergraduate Minor in African Studies. In addition, the Institute supports the Minor in African Languages and Literatures in the department of Comparative Literature. The African Studies course offerings to maintain these programs have grown over the years and many are cross listed within thirteen departments across the University.Learn More
The Asian American Student Association (AASA) at the University of Georgia is organized for the purpose of promoting and providing a cultural and political awareness of Asian and Asian American customs and diversity within the University and the local community. We also act as a support group for those of Asian descent as well as those interested in participating in the assocation's activities, helping to achieve its principles and objectives.
With the help of Multicultural Services and Programs, AASA works to develop awareness among the students and faculty here at the University of Georgia about the many interesting facets of Asian Culture. By sponsoring social and cultural events, and promoting Asian speakers, we can help others to become aware of these many facets, and help preserve Asian Culture.Learn More
The Black Affairs Council (BAC) of the University of Georgia serves to assist the University in meeting the needs of the Black student body. BAC works to preserve, enhance, examine, and celebrate Black culture at the University of Georgia. To these aims the Black Affairs Council shall encourage cultural diversity, articulate the concerns of Black students, and cultivate relationships with other student organizations and the Athens-Clarke County community.Learn More
UGA’s Campus Ministry Association's mission is to serve students and offer a variety of programs for encouragement, fellowship, spiritual formation and personal support while studying at the University of Georgia.Learn More
The Latin American and Caribbean region has had major social, cultural, political, and economic impact on the United States. This influence has increased exponentially over the last decade, especially in the state of Georgia. Establishing in-depth understandings of the region and its peoples, including those who have come to the United States from those regions and their descendants, has become crucially important in the state, and the challenge will likely grow in coming decades. The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute’s (LACSI) primary mission is to address this need by promoting research, education, and service and outreach on Latin America, the Caribbean, and US Latinos. In order to achieve this goal, LACSI shall:
- Coordinate and administer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in support of and in collaboration with the disciplinary and multidisciplinary interests of LACSI’s faculty;
- Support and carry out research, education, and service and outreach activities related to LACSI’s mission;
- Sponsor and provide, within its budgetary limitations, small grants for students and faculty
The Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education (CLASE) is an educational research and development center at UGA that provides:
- Professional development and resources for K-12 educators working with Latinos state-wide
- Outreach support through mentoring/tutoring of Latino students placed at risk
- Program support in developing a pipeline to post-secondary education for Latino students
- Research to inform teachers and educators on ways to reduce the achievement gap for Latino children, especially in Georgia
The center aims to narrow the achievement gap of Latino students placed at risk due to poverty and language barriers and to improve the level of education of Latino students (PreK-16) statewide. Its goals include:
- To research and disseminate promising/best practices for Latino education
- To develop and support appropriate programs by leveraging federal, private and state funding
- To create and enhance partnerships to raise the learning and social outcomes of Latinos in Georgia and the nation
The Disability Resource Center assists the University in fulfilling its commitment to educate and serve students with disabilities who qualify for admission. The Disability Resource Center coordinates and provides a variety of academic and support services to students. Our mission is to promote equal educational opportunities and a welcoming academic, physical, and social environment for students with disabilities at The University of Georgia.Learn More
GLOBES is a diverse organization of faculty, staff, and administrators, whose mission is to advocate for, develop, and nurture UGA’s LGBTQ communities.Learn More
The Graduate School seeks to create a more diverse graduate student body at the University of Georgia (UGA) by promoting opportunities in graduate education to all populations. The UGA Graduate Feeder program provides a supportive transition for undergraduate students as they learn about applying to graduate school and as they begin to assume the role of a graduate student at UGA.Learn More
The Graduate Recruitment Opportunities (GRO) Assistantship was established for entering graduate students who are first generation college graduates, educationally or economically disadvantaged, low income or have some aspects of a uniquely diverse background to add to their discipline of study. Mentorship is a key element of this program.Learn More
The Future Scholars Visitation Program serves as a recruitment tool for prospective graduate students, allowing them to visit the University of Georgia campus and their departments of interest. This program follows the University of Georgia’s strategic plan to create a more diverse environment on campus by recruiting students from historically under-represented backgrounds.
The three-day event includes the opportunity for participants to:
- Meet academic administrators
- Discuss program and research interests with department faculty
- Network with current and other prospective graduate students
- Participate in workshops about admissions, research and funding opportunities
The Hispanic Student Association (HSA) of the University of Georgia serves to assist the University in meeting the needs of the Hispanic and Latino student body. HSA works to preserve and promote the richness and diversity of the Hispanic / Latino-American culture. To these aims the HSA shall encourage cultural diversity, articulate the concerns of Hispanic and Latino students, and cultivate relationships with other student organizations and the Athens-Clarke County community.Learn More
The Institute for African American Studies has evolved at The University of Georgia as an academic program of study since 1969, though its current status dates from 1992. It is dedicated to the production of creative research on the achievements of African Americans and to exciting instruction for a diverse community of thinkers.Learn More
The University of Georgia Institute for Women’s Studies provides a feminist interdisciplinary perspective on women and gender.Learn More
The core of the Institute of Native American Studies instructional mission is its undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. These programs permit students to earn UGA degrees in any field, while earning a separate credential attesting to special expertise in Native American Studies.Learn More
The International Student Life (ISL) office serves as an Archway to the World and an Archway to UGA for both international and U.S. students attending the University. With a number of exciting cultural events, programs, and services students and community members alike can travel around the world without leaving Athens. In addition to programs that enhance international awareness, ISL also provides orientation sessions for new international students, offers non-resident tax assistance as well as individual counseling, and advises approximately thirty international and multinational student organizations.Learn More
Lambda Alliance was established in 1992 as the Athens Gay and Lesbian Association to meet the needs of the LGBTQA community. Lambda Alliance's mission is to strengthen the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA) community at the University of Georgia.Learn More
The LGBT Resource Center was established in 2005 to serve as a place for LGBTQA-identified students and their allies to find community, support, and developmental resources at the University of Georgia. The LGBT Resource Center is committed to providing meaningful programming and engagement that meet the needs of the LGBTQA and ally communities by creating an environment of advocacy, education, and support.Learn More
The Office of Multicultural Services and Programs (MSP) supports the University of Georgia’s commitment “to foster the understanding of and respect for cultural differences necessary for an enlightened and educated citizenry.” MSP strives toward maintaining a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for the benefit of the university community.
The Office of Multicultural Services and Programs (MSP) accomplishes its mission by:
- Advising multicultural student organizations
- Providing cultural programming and outreach
- Developing students’ multicultural competencies
- Promoting Global Citizenship
- Honoring past and present agents of change
MSP hopes to encourage and empower students, alumni, faculty and staff to challenge conventional perceptions by advocating for change through a lens of social and cultural consciousness.Learn More
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.Learn More
The Office of International Education (OIE) is dedicated to promoting international understanding through study abroad, research, curriculum development, and the exchange of international students, scholars, and faculty.Learn More
As one of the top public universities in the nation, the University of Georgia offers a culture of academic excellence and opportunity, made all the richer by our diverse community of scholar-citizens and vibrant student life program.
Enhancing our students' educational experience is our beautiful campus and the thriving town of Athens -- voted the nation's second-best college sports town by Sports Illustrated and ranked number one among "campus scenes that rock!" by Rolling Stone. Visit UGA, and discover for yourself why so many people love our campus and our community.Learn More
The Graduate School aims to promote excellence in graduate education by recruiting top students to the University of Georgia. While striving to increase overall enrollment, the Graduate School also seeks to promote diversity by encouraging enrollment of students from historically underrepresented groups and qualified programs abroad. The Graduate School’s definition of underrepresented includes race/ethnicity, gender within discipline, first generation, non-traditional age and/or a self-identified aspect of a uniquely diverse background.
Every effort is made to facilitate a smooth transition for new students through their graduation as well as heighten the graduate experience of all students. The Graduate School sponsors academic, social, and professional programs and activities, and serves as an advocate for students and faculty.Learn More
This five-year diversity plan is designed to ensure that UGA remains a community with vibrant, diverse and inclusive communities of faculty, staff and students who are reflective of and responsive to the diversity of the state of Georgia. The goals are designed to provide UGA with a framework to continue to meet and exceed its commitment to diversity and inclusion among various groups, the curriculum, and faculty, staff and student experiences.Learn More
UGA Hillel's mission is to enhance the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Hillel builds Jewish identity and community leadership among our students and regularly serves the Jewish undergraduate and graduate students on our campus.Learn More
UGA Safe Space is a campus-wide initiative offering a visible message of inclusion, acceptance, and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the University community. The program offers participants a 3.5 hour orientation to raise awareness and knowledge of LGBT issues and to suggest ways to serve as an ally to LGBTindividuals.Learn More