The Office of Inclusive Excellence

The Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE) provides institutional leadership on all matters of diversity and inclusion, working under the Office of the President. Our work promotes an inclusive campus that does not discriminate on the basis of race, genetic information, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other irrelevant non-bona fide qualification in the administration of educational and employment programs, or any other activity administered by the university.

Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of diversity and inclusion, equal opportunity and equal treatment for all and strives to create a campus environment, which understands, fosters, and embraces the values of diversity and inclusion.

Cultural Center

The Georgia College Cultural Center aims to provide support for the underrepresented student populations by offering services, program and enrichment opportunities.

Cultural Center

Education Outreach and Training

The Office of Inclusive Excellence Division of Education Outreach and Training provides diversity and equity training for departments, offices, colleges and student organizations.

Education Outreach and Training


Women's Center

The Women's Center is a place where anyone can come and find out about gender issues. We are here because we believe women should be able to live life free from fear of partner violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment. Women's Center

LGBT' Programs and Resources

The Georgia College experience is founded on the 3 R's: Reason, Respect and Responsibility. These values serve as an excellent framework for LGBT' Programs and Resources.

LGBT' Programs and Resources


Safe Space is a Georgia College campus wide initiative that offers a visible message of inclusion, acceptance and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT’*) individuals. GC's goal is to have all LGBT’ identified members of the campus community feel comfortable so they can work and learn at their highest level without concern of safety or discrimination.  

*The apostrophe found at the end of LGBT’ signifies some of the many other identities that will also be acknowledged and respected, e.g. Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual.

“Identities are highly fluid and subjective and no one owns their copyright.” –Robyn Ochs

The Safe Space program advances one of Georgia College's guiding principles of “instilling respect for human diversity and individuality,” by affirming people of all sexual and gender identities and lessening the prejudice that limits the university experience and well-being of LGBT’ identified students, faculty, staff, facility members and administrators. 

In a location bearing the Safe Space logo, individuals will find a compassionate person committed to cultivating an open, inclusive atmosphere of caring and support through active listening, informed feedback, referrals and advocacy at GC and in the community.

Safe Space Participants Are:

  • Faculty, staff, students, facility members and administrators;
  • LGBT’ and Ally GC community members who are informed about campus and community resources;
  • From a variety of religious and spiritual backgrounds;
  • Respectful of confidentiality;
  • Supportive of the right of all people to participate fully, equally and openly in the life of this community.

For more information, contact LGBT’ Program Coordinator Grace Nichols at

Introductory Sessions
Sept. 29, 2015: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 13, 2015: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 21, 2015: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 12, 2015: 3p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
This session includes:
-basic terminology and definitions relating to sexual, gender and relationship identities
-local, state and national climate statistics
-campus resources

Trans* 101 Training:
Oct. 15, 2015: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Oct. 15, 2015: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 3, 2015: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 6, 2015: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
This session includes:
-review of basic concepts relating to sex, sexuality and gender
-identity vocabulary under the trans* umbrella
-statistics relating to trans experiences and needs
-introduction to intersectionality 
-being an ally to trans populations 

Ally Training:
Oct. 21, 2015: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 21, 2015: 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Nov. 16, 2015: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 1, 2015: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 3, 2015: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This session includes:
-models for  identity development (Cass model of coming out, riddle scale of homophobia)
-systems of oppression and power dynamics
-active listening
-referral skills

If you would like to register for a Safe Space training, complete the application.
Safe Space Registration


"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..."
20 U.S.C. § 1681

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions which receive federal financial assistance.

Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. If only one of the institution’s programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX regulations. In compliance with Title IX, Georgia College prohibits discrimination in employment as well as in all programs and activities on the basis of sex.

For additional Title IX information, please go to

Georgia College is committed to maintaining a diverse and welcoming work environment. OIED provides information and support for faculty and staff requesting disabilities and religious accommodation. 

Religious Accommodation Request Form

Disability Accommodation Request Form

Employee Accommodation Request Form

Mary Peyton & Cook Scholarship

  • Status: Sophomore to Senior, male or female, any major
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Reserved for minority students involved in public/community service. A separate application is required and can be picked up from Institutional Equity & Diversity, Smith House 530 W. Greene St.
  • Full-time enrollment for both semesters of the academic year

Goizuetta Foundation Scholarship

Georgia College and the Goizueta Foundation are pleased to announce the Goizueta Foundation Scholarship. This is a great opportunity for incoming freshmen and transfer students to receive financial support with tuition, fees, books and other expenses related to the cost of education. This scholarship may be renewable provided the student maintains a 3.0 GPA. The deadline is April 1, 2013.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be accepted for admission to Georgia College 
  • Complete the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (The 2013-2014 FAFSA will not be available until after January 1, 2013. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing time by the U.S. Department of Education)
  • Have a 3.0 or higher academic high school or college grade point average
  • Have financial need as determined by the GC Office of Financial Aid beyond the assistance of other scholarships received
  • Have immediate family/ legal guardian currently residing in the United States
  • Preference will be given to students of Hispanic/Latino Origin

For more information, please contact Javier Francisco at Newell-Watts House, Campus Box 23, Milledgeville, GA 31061, 478-445-1991 or 800-342-0471 ext. 5149.

MALE Connection is Georgia College’s African-American Male Initiative, supported by the University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) started in 2002. Our program initially began as AIM Academy in 2006, which was a summer camp for high school Black males wishing to gain exposure to everything from college prep information to etiquette workshops. In 2010, the program re-directed its focus to become MALE Connection under the leadership of the Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity and several individuals across campus.

MALE Connection, an acronym for Mentoring African-Americans for Leadership, Education & Connection, has now expanded to include over 50 participants, over half of which are Early College and High Achievers students who are mentored by our undergraduate students.

MALE Connection involves partnerships with several community collaborators, including:

  • Early College Program
  • High Achievers
  • 100 Black Men of Milledgeville-Oconee

The support of these organizations and other constituents both on and off campus is vital to ensuring that our program continues to make the desired impact. 

Want to learn more information on how to support or collaborate with MALE Connection? Please contact our office for additional information.


Contact Us

Office of Inclusive Excellence
The Smith House 
530 W. Greene St.
Campus Box 004
Milledgeville, Georgia 31061
Phone: 478-445-4233
Fax: 478-445-1287