Diversity News

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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