Diversity News

Georgia Disability History Symposium
October 19, 2016, The History of Mental Illness in Georgia: Moving Away from a Difficult Past

The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, in collaboration with UGA’s Institute on Human Development and Disability and the Georgia Disability History Alliance, is hosting the second annual Georgia Disability History Symposium.

Titled “The History of Mental Illnesses in Georgia: Moving Away from a Difficult Past,” the symposium will feature an honest and open discussion of the history of mental health reform and the impact of systemic, legal, and legislative changes. The day will conclude with a look ahead at the opportunities and challenges facing mental health advocates in Georgia.

An exhibit of items related to the history of mental health in Georgia from the Russell’s Georgia Disability History Archive will be available for viewing.

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; reception to follow
Where: Richard B. Russell Special Collections Building, University of Georgia, Athens

A full symposium description and information on registration (FREE) is here: http://tinyurl.com/GDHASymposium2016

2016 UGA Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Recipients
September 13, 2016, Embracing Diversity Event

At this year's Embracing Diversity event, sponsored by the UGA Office of Institutional Diversity, four Libraries' staff members were acknowledged for receiving their UGA Diversity and Inclusion Certificates:

Jenny Hess, Managing Editor, The Georgia Review
Laura Solomon, Marketing & Circulation Manager, The Georgia Review
Mary Willoughby, Digital Library Analyst, Digital Library of Georgia
Katherine Wilson, Facilities and Security Coordinator, Zell B. Miller Learning Center

Congratulations and thank you for your commitment to UGA being an inclusive environment where all persons of the University community are respected.

Each year the Embracing Diversity event provides the opportunity to come together and celebrate the value of diversity and inclusion. A renowned member of our community speaks to the important role of diversity and inclusion in society. The program recognizes student recipients of the Diversity and Black Alumni Scholarships, in addition to the faculty and staff who have completed the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate.

The Advocating Librarian – Project ENABLE
May 22, 2015, Libraries Admin Conference Room

Project ENABLE will offer the second of two free webinars for public and academic librarians everywhere to learn about creating inclusive library services and programs to effectively serve all patrons with disabilities. This webinar, "The Advocating Librarian", will present: 1) Taking an active lead on web accessibility; 2) Implementing effective inclusive children's library programs; and 3) The role of the library and disability community in the maker movement, adaptive technology and creativity.

Project ENABLE, a collaborative endeavor of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies Center for Digital Literacy and the Burton Blatt Institute, provides a high quality, comprehensive, train-the-trainer, continuing education program for school librarians and educators in New York State, to provide effective library and information services for students with disabilities. The project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Debra A. Riley-Huff (Head of Web Services and Associate Professor, University of Mississippi)
Wendy Scott (Executive Director, DeWitt Community Library)
Patrick Timony (Librarian, Washington District of Columbia Public Library).

For more information about the presenters: http://bbi.syr.edu/news_events/news/2015/04/ProjectENABLE_webinar_052215.html

Dr. Susana Morris Speaks at MLC
April 6, 2015

Dr. Susana Morris will give a talk Monday, April 6, at 2:30 pm, in Room 214 of the Miller Learning Center on “The End of the World As We Know It: Black Women, Afrofuturism, and Feminism.” In this presentation, Dr. Morris will discuss how black women artists and writers engage in an epistemology she terms Afrofuturist feminism that at its core transgresses conventional systems of power and dominance. Through an Afrofuturist feminist framework, Dr. Morris will propose a strategy that places people of color at the center of complex histories and visions of the future while sharing spaces for more engaged expressions of black women’s intimacy.

Dr. Susana Morris is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama, and specializes in contemporary African American and African Caribbean literature. Her book, Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women’s Literature, is forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press. The talk is sponsored by the UGA Franklin College African American Studies. The event is free and open to the public. To view the flyer, visit: http://afam.uga.edu/sites/default/files/Final%20Dr.%20Susana%20Morris.JPG.

Women's History Month Keynote Address
March 24, 2015

The Institute for Women’s Studies will present the Women’s History Month 2015 Keynote Address on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm, in Room 148 of the Miller Learning Center. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Andrea Smith, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California Riverside. The topic for the event is “Indigenous Feminist Narratives.”

Dr. Smith is a longtime anti-violence activist and Native American activist, and she is co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. She is also the author of Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances and Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide. A nominee for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Smith currently serves as the U.S. Coordinator for the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians. Following the keynote address, there will be a reception. This event is free and open to the public. To view more information, visit: http://iws.uga.edu/events/indigenous-feminist-narratives-womens-history-month-keynote-address-presented-dr-andrea-smith.

23rd Annual Darl Snyder Lecture
March 3, 2015

The African Studies Institute (ASI) will present the 23rd Annual Darl Snyder Lecture on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 10:00 am, in Masters Hall of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. This year’s guest lecturer will be Professor Amadou Kone, a renowned African novelist and Professor of French at Georgetown University. Professor Kone will be speaking on “Questioning the African quest for identity.”

As part of the lecture event, Certificates in African Studies will be presented to undergraduate students who have completed the program requirements. Following the lecture, there will be an invitation only luncheon in the banquet area of the Georgia Center. For more information and reservations, contact Ms. Loretta Davenport at retta@uga.edu or at 706-542-5314.

Structural reorganization of UGA’s Diversity Advisory Council
February 24, 2015

The University of Georgia’s Diversity Advisory Council has recently undergone a structural reorganization, including 14 new members who met for the first time in December. One of those new members includes our own Jan Hudson! The Diversity Advisory Council is working to further the mission of fostering an inclusive campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Michelle Garfield Cook, UGA's associate provost for Institutional Diversity, redesigned the board to align with smaller configurations used at other universities.

To read the full article in the Columns, visit: http://columns.uga.edu/news/fulltext/ugas-diversity-advisory-council-undergoes-structural-reorganization/.

‘Black in America Tour’ stops at UGA
February 17, 2015

Journalist Soledad O'Brien will give a presentation on Tuesday, February 17, at 7:00 pm, in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center that will highlight and discuss recent race-related events and show clips from some of her documentaries and pertinent news stories. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on race and law enforcement as part of the “Black in America Tour”. O'Brien will moderate the panel of experts, including economist, author and political commentator Julianne Malveaux and socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell.

The panel discussion is part of UGA’s Black History Month observance, “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture”. The series of lectures, performances, movies and discussions celebrates diversity and inclusion on campus, with particular focus given to milestones in African-American culture during the 20th century. The event is free for students with valid UGA Cards who pay activity fees on the Athens campus and $5 for everyone else. Tickets are available at the Tate Student Center cashier's window. To view more information, visit: http://columns.uga.edu/news/fulltext/black-in-america-tour-will-make-a-stop-at-uga/.

Negotiating Identities among Academically Successful Black Women Presentation
February 6, 2015

Dr. Danielle Dickens will give a talk this Friday, February 6, at 12:20 pm, in Room 148 of the Miller Learning Center on “Double Consciousness in the 21st Century: Negotiating Identities among Academically Successful Black Women”. The presentation will explore a research study investigating the effect of the negotiation of race, class, and gender identities on black women’s self-perception, specifically as it relates to their participation in the workforce, and personal and professional relationships. Dr. Dickens is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia. 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/double-consciousness-21st-century-negotiating-identities-among-academically-successful-black.

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.

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.

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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