Office of Inclusive Excellence

Parks Hall

Inclusive Leadership Certificate (ILC) Program

The Office of Inclusive Excellence is excited to present a new professional development program called the Inclusive Leadership Certificate (ILC) Program. In this program, Georgia College & State University faculty and staff will have the opportunity to gain valuable professional skills and knowledge concerning foundational concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion. At the conclusion of the program, faculty and staff will enhance individual aptitudes and knowledge, develop the capacity to appreciate differing perspectives, and acquire valuable skills for their contribution to a welcoming and inclusive academic and workplace environment at GCSU.

Program Requirements:

  • Completion of a Pre and Post-Harvard University Implicit Bias online assessment
  • 4 Core ILC workshop sessions
  • 2 elective workshop/event sessions with reflections
  • Group Project /Oral Reflection

The ILC program will be held during the 2023 - 2024 academic year. Upon completion of the program, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion in a ceremony toward the end of the Spring semester.

Fall Semester Schedule for ILC Core Workshop Sessions:

  • Friday, Sep. 8
  • Friday, Sep. 15
  • Friday, Oct. 6
  • Friday, Oct. 13

Sessions will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Locations TBD. 

How to Apply:

  • Space is limited. A cohort of 10 – 15 people will be selected by OIE staff. There is no cost to participate.
  • Complete an online submission form and submit a letter of recommendation from a direct report or department head.
  • Applications will be received beginning Aug. 21.  Submit your application by Aug. 30. 

Selected participants will be notified via email on Friday, Sept. 1.

dinner with 12 strangers

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 & State University. During the fall and spring semesters, there will be two Dinners that will include a delicious meal, fun icebreakers, personal introductions, and an engaging conversation about how we can make GCSU 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.  

If you are interested in being considered as one of our dinner guests this semester, please follow this link to complete and submit the following form. 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.

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 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 & State University.

Vision Statement

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


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