The Office of Inclusive Excellence

Remembering, Listening and Recommitting
Parks Hall
Understanding the History of Central State Hospital

Georgia College Diversity Statement

Georgia College 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.

OIE 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.

OIE Vision Statement 

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

Upcoming diversity 360 March workshops

Facilitating Difficult Conversations
Mar. 12 at 1 p.m. Register and receive Zoom link here

Are you increasingly struggling in the classroom, in today's politically charged atmosphere? Finding that conversations and students can be shut down, preventing learning from taking place? In this workshop, we will have an open discussion about how these challenges show up and share some successfully applied strategies for how to approach difficult conversations in your classroom. This workshop is presented by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

What's in a Name? Pronouncing Names and Respecting Gender Pronouns
Mar. 17 at 12:30 p.m. via Zoom:  

Our names can often tell the story of our ethnicity, cultural background, familial lineage, and signify gender expression. Names are a part of our identity. For many members of the LGBTQ+ community, using the name and pronouns for a person is a simple way to show respect for their identity. Asking for and using the correct name and pronouns of people can also set a tone of allyship and inclusion. However, mispronouncing and mis-gendering someone’s name negates the identity of that person. Furthermore, this can lead to anxiety, withdrawal, ostracism, and resentment which, in turn, can hinder academic progress, workplace environment, and the overall campus climate. 

In this workshop, you will learn:

• Why pronouncing names matter and the impact on people

• How to respectfully ask and use people’s pronouns 

• Helpful tips to remember and honor people’s names

• How to gracefully acknowledge when you make a mistake

Co-Sponsored by The Women’s Center and the Office of Inclusive Excellence