SOAR matches incoming minority students with student mentors to help make sure that they have a smooth transition into our University and that they are successful while they are here. We understand that mentorship is important in every phase of life, so the SOAR Program matches incoming minority students with professional faculty and staff mentors. Participants in the SOAR program get the opportunity to give back to the community through another phase of mentorship with high school students in the High Achievers Program.
Mentors to help minority students successfully transition into college
Motivation for academic excellence through structured study time, academic success seminars, and workshops aimed at retaining minority students at the university
Guidance in Major and Career selection, and assistance in course registration
Supportive group of peers and friends, and activities to help develop/support those relationships
An abundance of resources
Cultural and educational programming coordinated by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity
Students are encouraged to schedule an advising session with the SOAR Coordinator prior to registration each semester. Students may schedule additional advising sessions as needed.
February: African-American History Month
March: National Women's History Month
May: Asian/Pacific Islander Month
June: Gay and Lesbian Pride Month
September: National Hispanic/Latin(a) Heritage Month
November: National American Indian Heritage Month
The mission of Sensational Steps Community Dance Group is to use dance, theater and visual arts to enrich the lives of young people and to educate individuals within our community. We strive to empower and promote self-confidence and create opportunities for educational advancements. Ambition, brilliance, charity—these are our valued ABCs that Sensational Steps strives to promote with each of our dancers. We inspire each dancer to find creativity inside herself as we “dance to tell a story”.
Social Development Objectives:
Supporting students as they matriculate into GC by providing a sense of acceptance and belonging Assist minority students in connecting with the GC campus community of students, faculty, and staff to foster a shared network of resources and support
Assist students in learning and preserving the African American/Black Heritage through inviting speakers, field trips, and cultural enrichment programs/presentations Increasing the understanding and knowledge base of the entire university community concerning the African American culture and other diverse populations through programs, performances, lectures, and discussions.
Academic Support/Retention Objectives:
Providing access to academic success, scholarship, and career information to minority students Collaborating with other student organizations and the University as a whole to ensure academic support and success Providing role models for all first year minority students through collaboration with minority retention programs sponsored through the Cultural Center S.O.A.R. - Student Oriented Activities and Resources- a minority advisement and mentor program through participating minority upperclassmen students and GC Faculty/Staff A.A.M.I - African American Male Initiative- a retention program focused on building upon the academic, social, and leadership development of African American male students.
Community Service Objectives:
Supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Milledgeville & Baldwin County by co-sponsoring youth enrichment programs Providing positive outlets and volunteer opportunities for members to organize activities and participate as positive role modes to children in the Boys & Girls Club of Milledgeville Collaborate with other community service projects and nonprofit organizations to support causes such as AIDS Awareness & Prevention, Cancer Awareness/Fundraising (Relay for Life), Disability Awareness, Poverty & Hunger (Milledgeville Food Pantry), etc.... in order to enhance the status of minorities and other citizens within our campus and community.
Be a support system for entering freshman at Georgia College as well as upperclassmen who are becoming more aware of their ethnic identity or want to learn more about Latino Culture.
We want to build bonds between students and faculty and make sure that we all come together to learn about all the different types of traditions and groups within Latin America.
Support active members by providing information on academic resources, scholarship opportunities, and career information. Be advocates for our Latino history and current social issues/concerns and participate in discussions, forums, and lectures. Collaborate with more Georgia College student organizations, academic departments, and committees to build bonds across our campus resources. Reach out to the local Baldwin County Latino community and work towards building a sense of trust as well as a sense of assurance and support from Georgia College and the Community as a whole. Below are some of our goals for community service and outreach. Translating, tutoring, and mentoring. Hosting campus events that encourage for Latino parents to play a bigger role in their child/s education. Visit and join our Facebook group