Office of Inclusive Excellence

Parks Hall

dinner with 12 strangers returns

Twelve strangers enjoy dinner on the Atkinson Hall porch

The Office of Inclusive Excellence is pleased to announce the return of “Dinner With 12 Strangers”, a “building community” event at Georgia College. During the fall semester, there will be two Dinners that will include a delicious meal, fun icebreakers, personal introductions, and an engaging conversation about how we can make Georgia College a more welcoming community for all.  Twelve selected individuals from all areas of campus will be invited to be one of the twelve strangers who meet for dinner.  The Dinners will be hosted from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on two nights during the fall semester: October 20th (Atkinson Porch), and November 17th (Atkinson Porch). 

Our spring 2022 semester dinners were a great success!  If you are interested in being considered as a guest at either dinner, please complete the form here.  Dinner guests will be selected by the Office of Inclusive Excellence and notified at least a week before the dinner is scheduled. Thank you for participating in this exciting new community-building program.

september 15 - october 15 is hispanic heritage month

Image for Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) takes place from September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community.

Beginning in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week”, but it was later extended to a month in 1988. Since then, HHM has been celebrated nationwide through festivals, art shows, conferences, community gatherings, and much more. The month also celebrates the independence days of several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on September 15th, Mexico on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th. They also include holidays that recognize Hispanic contributions such as Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Day which is celebrated in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Excerpt from the U.S. Department of Education

Diversity Statement

Georgia College & State University recognizes that diversity and inclusion are essential to our core values of reason, respect, and responsibility. We strive to achieve diversity excellence in the composition of our community, our educational programs, university policies, research and scholarship, campus life, employment practices, extracurricular activities, and community outreach. We also believe that a welcoming and inclusive environment is critical to attaining the kind of campus climate that allows members of our community to succeed in their endeavors, to be respected as individuals, and to feel a sense of belonging at Georgia College, and we support educational programs designed to achieve this kind of inclusive excellence. Our overarching goal is for Georgia College to achieve preeminence as a model for excellence in diversity and inclusion for our state, region, and the nation.

Mission Statement

The Office of Inclusive Excellence seeks to provide education that informs, to support a culture that values, and to build an infrastructure that sustains a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community at Georgia College.

Vision Statement

The Office of Inclusive Excellence envisions a college community that is knowledgeable cultural issues impacting diversity and inclusion, committed of historical and to the inherent value of diversity and inclusion, and actively engaged in practices that demonstrate that knowledge and commitment.

 

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