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.
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.
The University of Georgia Association of Chinese American Professors (UGA-ACAP; UGA华人教授协会) was founded in 2021. The mission of UGA-ACAP includes the following objectives:
- To promote interactions among its members;
- To exchange ideas on how to better thrive at the University of Georgia and how to excel as an educator, researcher, and community contributor;
- To serve as a support network and promote the interests of its members that are consistent with the mission of the university;
- To promote academic cooperation and cultural exchange between Chinese educational and research institutions and the University of Georgia;
- To collaborate with and provide support to functions and activities of the UGA Chinese Students and Scholars Association;
- To facilitate communications, exchange, and cooperation with academic associations similar to UGA-ACAP throughout the country;
- To raise UGA’s profile in Chinese communities and the understanding of Chinese culture in UGA.
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.
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.
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.
The Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to providing professional support for women educators, administrators, and researchers in higher education in Georgia.
The Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education is dedicated to providing professional support for women in higher education organizations through networking, professional development, advocacy, and publications. The Association is part of the ACE Women’s Network and as such, seeks to develop programs that identify, develop, encourage, advance, link and support (IDEALS) women in higher education careers in Georgia.
GLOBES is a diverse organization of faculty, staff, and administrators, whose mission is to advocate for, develop, and nurture UGA’s LGBTQ communities.
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.
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.
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.
The University of Georgia Institute for Women’s Studies provides a feminist interdisciplinary perspective on women and gender.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Office of Multicultural Services and Programs works to create an inclusive campus environment by supporting the development and affirming the overall experiences of all students, particularly multicultural students. With this mission in mind, we:
- Advise and provide leadership opportunities for 13 multicultural student organizations
- Provide social justice education programs for the campus community
- Affirm, advocate, and facilitate learning opportunities around intersections of identities
- Advocate for the needs of multicultural students and support them in amplifying their voice and developing agency
- Honor, celebrate, and validate the experiences and cultures of multicultural students within the larger campus community
- Challenge all students to fully examine issues of equity, oppression, and privilege
- Foster a safe community of care for multicultural students
The Office of Global Engagement is dedicated to promoting international understanding through study abroad, research, curriculum development, and the exchange of international students, scholars, and faculty.
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.
At the Law School, we embrace the University of Georgia's 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.'
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.
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 race-based discrimination.
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.
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.
The University of Georgia and the Peace Corps Prep Program would like to announce
a new program which will let you build the knowledge and acquire the skills necessary
to join and serve in your preferred program area of the Peace Corps. The University
of Georgia, which "endeavors to prepare the University community and the state for
full participation in the global society of the twenty-first century," makes students
ready to contribute positively to global society through respect and understanding
of cultural differences and excellence in public service. These goals contribute well
to the Peace Corps mission of promoting world peace and friendship through service
and cross-cultural understanding.
As a participant in the Peace Corps Prep Certificate Program, you will be able to build your skills to become the best potential Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) that you can be through a combination of coursework, community outreach, and service. The Peace Corps Prep Committee will review your progress throughout the program and will award you a certificate upon completion of all requirements.
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.