Diversity News

Performance in Dedication to Sylvia Rivera
November 17, 2014

In celebration of Transgender Awareness Week, the performance piece “A Dedication to Sylvia Rivera and All the #GirlsLikeUs” will take place Tuesday, November 18th at 6:30 p.m. in Room B2 of the UGA Main Library. The event is to honor Sylvia Rivera and all transgender women of color. The piece will make connections from Sylvia’s 1973 speech to present day politics and will celebrate the accomplishments that have taken place in transgender liberation. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsors of the event include the UGA LGBT Resource Center and UGA LGBTRC Ambassadors. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/747949618610952/.

UGA World Fest & Parade of Flags
November 14, 2014

The World Fest and Parade of Flags will kick off the beginning of International Education week at the University of Georgia. World Fest is a cultural education festival that highlights the various cultures represented in the UGA student body through live performances, cultural displays, arts and crafts, and a variety of free food from all over the world. The festival will take place at the UGA Tate Student Center plaza from 11:30 am until 3:00 pm on Monday, November 17th. The event is sponsored by the UGA World Ambassadors and the UGA Office of International Student Life. For more information, visit: http://ugainternationaleducationweek.weebly.com/calendar-of-events-iew-2014.html.

Transnational Performances of Race & Gender Presentation
November 12, 2014

Dr. Emily Sahakian will give a talk this Friday, November 14, at 12:20 p.m., in Room 250 of the Miller Learning Center on “Recasting Franco-Caribbean Women's Plays on the New York Stage: Transnational Performances of Race and Gender.” Dr. Sahakian will explore how two plays by Martinican ethno-dramatist Ina Césaire were restaged by pioneering African American women theatre artists for interracial audiences in New York in the 1990s. Dr. Sahakian is an Associate Professor with the University of Georgia’s Theatre and Film Studies department. The talk is part of the Friday Speaker Series sponsored by UGA’s Institute for Women’s Studies. The event is free, open to the public, and part of the First-Year Odyssey event. To view more information, visit: http://iws.uga.edu/events/recasting-franco-caribbean-womens-plays-new-york-stage-transnational-performances-race-and.

Author Hanne Blank Speaks at MLC
November 11, 2014

Author Hanne Blank will give a talk this Friday, November 14, at 2:30 pm, in Room 248 of the Miller Learning Center on “So How Long Have You Been Straight?: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality and Why It Matters.” Afterwards, Ms. Blank will lead a discussion on how and why heterosexuality has changed over time, and why that matters today. Hanne Blank is a former Scholar of the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women at Towson University, and currently serves on Emory University’s Advisory Committee for the Office of LBGT Life. She is also the author of Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. The talk is sponsored by the UGA Psychology Department, and GLOBES, an UGA LGBTQ faculty and staff organization. The event is free and open to the public. To view the flyer: http://libs.uga.edu/diversity/hanneblank.pdf.

History Book Discussion on Women in Georgia
November 5, 2014

Editors of the new volume, Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times-Volume 2, will speak on November 11, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 285 of the UGA Special Collections Libraries. The discussion, “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History: Georgia Women Shape the Twentieth Century” will feature Ann Short Chirhart, Associate Professor of history at Indiana State University, and Kathleen Clark, Associate Professor with the University of Georgia’s history department. The second volume features essays which highlight women who have played an important role in the history of Georgia. Both volumes of Georgia Women will be available for purchase. A reception will follow the discussion. The event is free and open to the public. The event is part of the UGA Spotlight on the Arts festival, and is co-sponsored by the UGA Libraries.

Four UGA Libraries’ staff members earn their Diversity and Inclusion Certificate
September 5, 2014

This year, four UGA Libraries’ staff members from four different departments graduated from the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program. Pictured here with Dr. Toby Graham, University Librarian and Associate Provost, the graduates are (from left to right):

  • Christine Packwood, Library Associate I, Map and Government Information Library
  • Lori de la Reza, Administrative Assistant II, Administrative Services Department
  • Michelle Kean, Library Assistant III, Access Services Department
  • Delilah Nageotte, Human Resources Specialist I, Human Resources Department

To receive their certificate each person had to complete one core course and five elective courses in the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program sponsored by the UGA Office of Institutional Diversity. The 2014 graduation ceremony, Embracing Diversity, included 133 other graduates from departments across campus. Dr. Russell Mumper, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, gave the opening remarks, and assisted Dr. Michelle Cook, Associate Provost & Chief Diversity Officer, in presenting the 2014 graduates with their certificates. The keynote speaker was Dr. Marshall Shepherd, UGA Athletic Association Professor of Geography & Atmospheric Sciences.

Disability Resource Center Presentation
July 15, 2014

Staff from the UGA Disability Resource Center (DRC) will present information to enable library staff to better provide improved services and accessibility to patrons with disabilities. The event will take place on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Main Library, Administrative Conference Room and is open to all library faculty and staff. During this one hour presentation, DRC staff will discuss assistive technology, alternative text, closed-captioning, web accessibility, and the services and resources provided by the Disability Resource Center. Two individuals will be giving the presentation, one representing alternative media production, and another representing disability services coordinators. If you have questions about the event, please contact UGA Reference Librarian, Eric Griffith at ecg@uga.edu

Voices from the Civil Rights Movement Documentary Film
April 22, 2014

A screening of the award-winning documentary, Before the Memories Fade: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement, a Keith B. Plummer film, will take place on April 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm. Stories are visually told from an wide variety of movement participants ranging from foot soldiers to prominent leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement, and they are woven with historical footage, photographs and reenactment to tell the firsthand accounts of history about that tumultuous chapter of American history. The screening will be at the Appleton Auditorium of the Athens-Clarke County Library. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Keith B. Plummer, and Athens-Clarke County Chief Magistrate Judge, Honorable Patricia Barron after the film. For information about the film, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hfh775TSlQ.

Al Nisa Film: Black Muslim Women in Atlanta’s Gay Mecca
April 22, 2014

“Al Nisa: Black Muslim Women in Atlanta’s Gay Mecca” is the story of how filmmaker Red Summer brought five women together who sought to establish a community for Black Muslim Lesbians in Atlanta. The women declare their existence, share their stories, start a critical discussion and set a foundation of communal existence for themselves. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the Director. The event is Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 6-8 pm at the UGA Miller Learning Center in Room 250. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP’s are requested if you are on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/events/1478241185725727/. The event will be sponsored by: Office of Institutional Diversity, Athens PRIDE, GLOBES, Common Ground LGBT Community Center, sapph.fire and Under the Rainbow.

Dialogues in Diversity: The Gendered Politics of Food
April 21, 2014

Relationships with food are complex, and food production and consumption of meals can be deeply connected to notions of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and culture. Gender, race, class, age, and mobility can also shape one’s access to food and the kinds of food available. The Gendered Politics of Food dialogue will examine how food and food systems are connected to issues of social injustice, particularly the role that women play in food production and consumption.

Dr. Cecelia Herles, Assistant Director for UGA’s Institute of Women’s Studies will lead the dialogue. The dialogue will be at the Tate Student Center, in the Grand Hall on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 12:00-1:00 pm. Lunch is provided and prior registration is required. The series is free and spaces will be filled on a first come basis. To register for this dialogue, please send an email with your name and department to rsvpOID@uga.edu

UGA's Lavender Graduation
April 11, 2014

Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that acknowledges the achievements and contributions of LGBTQ and ally graduates and alumni at the University of Georgia. Graduating students and alumni have the opportunity to participate in the program. The LGBT Resource Center and GLOBES will recognize strong advocates for the LGBT community with the Founder’s Award and the Annette Hatton Outstanding Student Advocate Award. The Lavender Graduation will be held at the UGA Memorial Hall Ballroom on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. To register for participation in the Lavender Graduation or to RVSP as a guest, visit the LGBTQ website at http://lgbtcenter.uga.edu/graduation/index.html. For more information, you can also contact David Todd, Graduate Assistant for the LGBT Resource Center, at dtodd@uga.edu.

Caribbean Night at UGA
March 26, 2014

The Caribbean Student Association at UGA is hosting their annual Caribbean Night on Saturday, March 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the Morton Theater in downtown Athens. Caribbean Night is a show put on by the members of CaribSA that incorporates drama, dance, music and food. Members provide entertainment for students and members of the community while educating them about some aspects of Caribbean culture that may not be familiar to non-Caribbean nationals. This year’s theme is "Putting Up A Resistance", and the event will focus on Caribbean music, how music has changed over time, and issues arising between different generations relating to music. Tickets are $3 for students and $4 for the general public, which can be purchased at the UGA Tate Center.

The Mountaintop Commemorates MLK Jr's Final Hours
March 21, 2014

The student-ran theater company, Black Theatrical Ensemble, premieres its original presentation of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop. The play is a fictional depiction of Martin Luther King Jr.'s final hour and takes place in the Lorraine Motel after Dr. King delivered his last speech "I've Been to the Mountaintop". Show times are April 4th 2014 at 7pm, April 5th at 7pm, and April 6th at 2:30pm. The play will be at Seney-Stovall Chapel, 201 N. Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30602. Tickets are $5 for students with a valid student ID and $7 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the UGA Tate Student Center or at the door of Seney-Stovall Chapel. Transportation to Seney Stovall and back from campus will be provided for every show! For more information email us at: uga.bte@gmail.com.

Asia-Georgia Internship Connection (AGIC) Scholarship
March 12, 2014

The UGA Office of International Education was recently awarded $100,000 from the Freeman Foundation, allowing them to extend $2500 scholarships to UGA students and recent graduates participating in internships/study abroad/volunteer opportunities throughout Asia this year. All undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates (within one year) of UGA are eligible for the $2500 scholarship. Internships/volunteer/study opportunities must begin in 2014, last for a minimum of 3 weeks, and be conducted in Southeast Asia. To apply for the Asia-Georgia Internship Connection (AGIC) scholarship, complete the application at: http://fs2.formsite.com/GeneralFormsSite/form56/index.html. For more information, schedule an appointment with an Education Abroad Advisor for the Freeman Asia Grant by calling (706)-542-2900.

Books4Cause
March 10, 2014

Books4Cause is extending an opportunity to Help Build Libraries in Africa here at UGA. They are collecting now for a shipment to Swaziland. They will on campus at UGA on Thursday, March 20th and Friday, March 21st. To donate from your home or office: fill out the online form at http://www.books4cause.com/campus-donations/ or call 800-570-3698. They can provide boxes and assist with heavy lifting. For more information on the types of books they are will accept and about this charity, go to: http://www.books4cause.com/.

Georgia Disability History Archive Alliance
November 4, 2013

The Georgia Disability History Archive Alliance held its third meeting on November 4, 2013, at the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, which will help curate and become the home of the newly established archive.

2013 USG Diversity Summit
October 23, 2013

The University System of Georgia held its annual Diversity Summit at Middle Georgia College in Macon on October 23. Dr. Houston Davis, Executive Vice Chancellor & Chief Academic Officer delivered the opening remarks. The theme of this year’s Summit was “Building Institutional Capacity to Support and Sustain Diversity.” Sessions focused on promoting diversity as a community value and strategic diversity leadership. The UGA Libraries’ was represented by Jan Hudson, manager of the Libraries’ Human Resources Department. For more information: http://www.usg.edu/diversity_summit/

Eric Rose earns Diversity and Inclusion Certificate
September 5, 2013

Eric Rose, a Library Associate II in the Database Maintenance Section of the UGA Libraries’ Cataloging Department, received his certificate of completion for meeting the requirements of the UGA Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program – one core course and five elective courses in the program. Eric joined seventy-six other graduates from departments across campus in an awards ceremony held in the UGA Chapel. Dr. Libby Morris, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, gave the opening remarks, and assisted Dr. Michelle Cook, Associate Provost & Chief Diversity Officer in presenting the 2013 certificate graduates with their certificates.  The keynote speaker was Victor Wilson, Vice President for Student Affairs.

Congratulations, Eric!

Diversity Training in the Workplace
May 16, 2013

On February 27, 2013, the UGA Libraries’ Diversity Plan was approved by the Department Heads Group.  One of the initiatives noted in the Plan is to arrange for training, workshops, and other educational opportunities that incorporate diversity training.  This event is the UGA Libraries’ first diversity training event under the new Plan.

Recognizing and appreciating the value of diversity and cross-cultural understanding is critical to UGA’s mission.  One of the ways the Office of Institutional Diversity helps the University reach its diversity goals is by developing diversity and equity initiatives.  In this presentation Michelle Garfield Cook, Randolph Carter and Kelly Wright will discuss diversity training in the workplace, which will include the UGA Diversity and Inclusion Certificate program.  This certificate program creates an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore strategic areas around diversity and improve their ability to contribute to the enhancement of UGA’s welcoming and inclusive environment.

Speakers: 
Dr. Michelle Garfield Cook, Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity
Randolph Carter, Coordinator of Faculty & Staff Development, OID
Kelly Wright, Coordinator of Assessment & Diversity Initiatives

UGA Libraries’ Department Heads Group approves UGA Libraries Diversity Plan
February 13, 2013

In May 2012, Dr. William Gray Potter, the University Librarian and Associate Provost, created a diversity task force charged with the responsibility of creating the UGA Libraries’ first diversity plan.  Members of the task force are: Jan Hudson, Susan Morris, Nan McMurry, Kristin Nielsen, Viki Timian, and Sheryl Vogt.  That plan was approved by the UGA Libraries’ Department Heads Group in February 2013.  To learn more about the UGA Libraries diversity goals and initiatives:  http://www.libs.uga.edu/staff/libsdiversityplan.pdf

Non-Discrimination & Anti-Harassment Policy training at UGA Libraries
March 15, 2012

In addition to completing UGA’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment online agreement, the UGA Libraries now requires NDAH Policy classroom training for all its faculty and staff members.  Janyce Dawkins, the interim director of UGA’s Equal Opportunity Office, is scheduled to come to the Libraries to lead three NDAH Policy training sessions.  Hereafter, new (within first six months of employment) and existing employees who have not taken the training must do so through the University’s Training & Development Center http://www.hr.uga.edu/careerdev/career.html.

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