Black Student Alliance
The Black Student Alliance (BSA) is a registered student organization with a purpose of bringing students together. With an emphasis on African American students, the objective of BSA is to provide activities that will enhance the student's personal and social development, cultural enrichment and understanding of the African American experience in correlation with other cultures, and enhance the overall educational experience at Georgia College.
Social Development Objectives:
- Support 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.
- Increase 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:
- Provide access to academic success, scholarship, and career information to minority students
- Collaborate with other student organizations and the University as a whole to ensure academic support and success
- Provide role models for all first year minority students through collaboration with minority retention programs sponsored through the Cultural Center, the L.I.F.E. Program and the African American Male Initiative.
Community Service Objectives:
- Support the Boys & Girls Club of Milledgeville & Baldwin County by co-sponsoring youth enrichment programs
- Provide 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.
Latino Student Association
The Latino Student Association (LSA) at Georgia College is a registered student organization. It is the purpose of the LSA to bring Latino-Hispanic students, students of color, and other students attending Georgia College together in an organized manner to provide activities that will enhance their personal development, social growth, educational experience, and cultural understanding of Latino students and their culture at Georgia College. LSA will be a source of encouragement, strength, and support for Latino/ Hispanic students. We were established in January of 2007. As the Latino-Hispanic population continues to grow in Georgia, support for organizations as the Latino Student Association is crucial for the success and growth of this unique student population at Georgia College. One issue the Latino community faces daily is the generalization of this community and their experience: not all Latinos speak Spanish or immigrated to the United States. Our heritage is influenced by the indigenous people of the Americas, to the African influences in Brazil and the Caribbean, to the European influences from Spain. We are a complex and diverse community. Our expected learning outcomes of the organization is for active members, campus community, and the surrounding area to develop a better and clearer understanding of the Latino-Hispanic experience.
- Support: 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.
- Bonds: 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.
- Resources: Support active members by providing information on academic resources, scholarship opportunities, and career information.
- Educate: 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.
- Service & Outreach Goals: Translating, tutoring, and mentoring. Hosting campus events that encourage Latino parents to play a bigger role in their child/s education. Visit and join our Facebook group
Leaders Igniting the Fundamentals of Excellence (L.I.F.E.) Mentorship Program
L.I.F.E. Leaders Igniting the Fundamentals of Excellence is the Cultural Centers' mentorship program designed to help underrepresented students navigate and adjust to their new college atmosphere through awareness of campus resources, time management, student involvement, and self-care.
Students opt into the program by submitting an application of information. That information is used to pair the student with their L.I.F.E. Cluster and Peer Leaders.
PROGRAM GOALS & OBJECTIVES:
- Assist underrepresented students with guidance and support to ensure academic success.
- Create a supportive college environment.
- Encourage and provide opportunities for students to get involved in various aspects of college life.
- Provide a support group of peers and professionals who share commonalities
- Students have a sense of belonging, know they matter on the Georgia College Campus.
- Retain students.
- Students feel prepared to live and communicate effectively in a global society.
- Enhanced leadership skills.
- Enhanced cultural and global awareness.
- Are able to identify obstacles and challenges that may interfere with their academic success.
- Students have the best collegiate experience possible.
- Students learn how to manage time effectively.
- Students feel more career-ready.
Heritage Months & Observations
January: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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