OIE Program Initiatives

Making Excellence Inclusive Day

Making Excellence Inclusive Day is a day-long event held at the beginning of the fall semester that gives faculty and staff the opportunity to receive information that helps them to understand current diversity issues impacting our campus. The program features a plenary session with a guest speaker followed by breakout sessions on topics designed to help improve teaching strategies, foster better interpersonal relationships, and sustain a welcoming climate for diversity at Georgia College.

OIE presented its Fifth Annual Making Excellence Inclusive Day on August 10, 2021. This year's theme was “Where Do We Go from Here? Building Community in a Challenging Time”. Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, a national diversity consultant and the founder and president of Washington Consultant Group, was the early morning keynote speaker. Dr. TaJuan Wilson, Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer from Georgia Southern University, was the second keynote speaker.

Watch video of Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington here. Watch video of Dr. TaJuan Wilson here.

Diversity 360 Series

Diversity 360 is a campus-wide diversity education program for students, faculty, and staff. The goal of this educational series to help ensure that every GC community member embrace and reflects the university’s values of reason, respect, and responsibility towards their fellow Bobcats in the classroom, residence halls, workplace, and all other environments on campus. 

MLK commemoration week

Every January, the GA College Cultural Center and the Office of Inclusive Excellence celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The theme for 2022 aligned with the King Center's theme: “King Week: Where Do We Go from Here?” The commemoration began with a midday ceremony Friday, Jan. 14 on front campus. After the ceremony, the GC community was invited to the Cultural Center to watch the livestream of the 2022 Virtual Beloved Community Global Summit hosted by the King Center of Atlanta. 

MLK Jr. events continued with Service Saturday on Jan. 15. The GC community signed up to put the teachings of Dr. King into action through community service. The week concluded Monday, Jan. 17 and it was designated as "It Starts with Me Day!" The GC community extended to engage in service. They also shared reflections and ways they are implementing Dr. King's philosophies in their own lives on social media using the hashtag #ITSTARTSWITHME.  

We hope you will join us next year in our efforts to honor Dr. King, his legacy, and the future of inclusive excellence at Georgia College.  

GC Inclusive Excellence Awards

The Office of Inclusive Excellence has established the GC Inclusive Excellence Award. This annual award will honor the cumulative contributions of faculty and staff to advance diversity and inclusion at Georgia College through exemplary leadership. Faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate those who demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multi-cultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities or other initiatives.