Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.87
Liaison Kevin Kirsche
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Georgia
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.44 / 2.00 Kevin Kirsche
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:
Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic University Initiatives
--- Oversight of the Office of Institutional Diversity, as well as the university's strategic efforts in diversity and inclusion. Serves as the institution's Chief Diversity Officer.

Office of Institutional Diversity
---The mission of the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) is to provide institutional leadership to the focused effort to enhance and maintain a diverse and inclusive environment for learning, teaching, research and service at the University of Georgia. OID goals include:
Enhancing diversity awareness and education through training and learning opportunities for faculty, students and staff throughout the university.
Promoting awareness of UGA’s diversity efforts by supporting diversity related events across the UGA campuses.
Establishing and defining strategic partnerships between the Office of Institutional Diversity and other units.
Identifying and obtaining additional resources that will enhance and support institutional diversity endeavors.

Diversity Advisory Council
---The UGA Diversity Advisory Council is an advisory board with responsibility to the Provost via the Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer. The UGA Diversity Advisory Council serves as a broad-based advisory group with representation by the major components of the university so as to have a voice from students, staff, faculty, and administrators. This council reports to the Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer.

The Mission of the Diversity Advisory Council
--The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) will assist the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) in the design and implementation of strategies that advance and enhance diversity at UGA. The council will advise the vice provost in issues related to diversity and inclusion on this campus. This council should identify the barriers to achieving greater diversity at UGA and provide recommendations on how to overcome those barriers.
--The council, through its committee structure, will study the diversity literature research and review models in order to propose best practices and strategies that improve diversity at UGA. In addition, the council will provide public campus forums for the discussion of diversity-related issues and ideas and promote a campus dialogue about diversity with a particular focus on ensuring a sense of inclusion.

Current Members:
Dawn Bennett-Alexander, Associate Professor, Terry College of Business
Usree Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor, College of Education
Rosalyn Denise Campbell, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Dean’s Office
Victoria David, Academic Director, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Diversity Office
​Cesar Escalante, Professor, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Sam Fahmy, Director of Public Relations, Office of the Senior Vice President for academic affairs and Provost
​Michael Gantt, Senior Assistant Director, Financial Aid
Thomas Chase Hagood, Administrative Director, Office of Instruction, Academic Enhancement
Michele Howard, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Hilda Kurtz, Geography Department Head, Franklin College
Diane Miller, Director of Administration, Franklin College Deans Office
Emily Renee Mouilso, Administrative Director, Psychology Department Franklin College
Raye Rawls, Senior Public Service Associate, Public Service Outreach-Fanning Institute Leadership Development
Ernest Webster, Business Development Coordinator, FD procurement.

President's Task Force on Race, Ethnicity, and Community
The Task Force was charged with developing initiatives and actions that UGA might implement during the current academic year to foster a more welcoming and supportive learning environment for Black and other underrepresented members of our campus community.

Task Force Members:

Victor K. Wilson - Chair
Vice President for Student Affairs

Margaret “Meg” Amstutz
Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Chief of Staff to the Provost

Jeffrey Brown
President of the Black Alumni Leadership Council

Santanu Chatterjee
Meigs Professor of Economics and Director of Full-Time MBA and M.S. Business Analytics Programs
C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business

Brennan M. Cox
Undergraduate student
C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business
Interfraternity Council President

Rosa Arroyo Driggers
Associate Director of Admissions for Access and Inclusion
Undergraduate Admissions

Tori C. Ector
Graduate student
Mary Frances Early College of Education
Student Representative to the UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors

Beverly Johnson
Public Service Associate for State Services and Decision Support
Public Service and Outreach

Camille Jones
Undergraduate student
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
President of Georgia Daze

Linda Kasper
Executive Director of University Housing
Student Affairs

Jalen Q. Polk
Undergraduate student
C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business
President of the Black Male Leadership Society

Dominique Quarles
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Institutional Diversity

Michael Raeber
General Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs

Usha Rodrigues
University Professor and M.E Kilpatrick Chair of Corporate Finance and Securities Law
School of Law

Alton M. Standifer
Assistant to the President

Henry N. Young
Associate Professor of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy
Kroger Professor, and Director of Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes and Policy
College of Pharmacy

Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
Workshops & Consulting
---The Office of Institutional Diversity provides workshops and consulting to promote inclusion by offering strategies to create a welcoming climate. Workshops and seminars are interactive, providing participants with opportunities to engage in discussions and activities that further their understanding of diversity and inclusion at the University of Georgia.
Workshops can be customized to meet the needs of the unit/department/group. Some examples of training are:
---Diversity in the Workplace
---Effective communication with diverse groups
---Creating an Inclusive Classroom
---Cultural Competence
---Diversity 101
OID faculty and staff are also available to consult with units and departments to address issues of diversity in order to improve the cultural climate of the work setting, serve and consult on search committees, and provide guidance and referrals as needed.


Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion
---The Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) creates an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore strategic areas around diversity and improve their ability to contribute to the enhancement of UGA’s welcoming and inclusive environment.
---The CDI is a partnership between the Office of Institutional Diversity, Training and Career Development (Human Resources) and other diversity-related offices and programs across the institution. It enables participants to get a closer look at the people, institutions, and initiatives that play a key role in supporting and fostering diversity at UGA. This closer look will potentially provide faculty and staff with additional resources through which they can both build their diversity competencies and identify areas of diversity partnership across the institution.
---Enrollment in the courses listed for the Certificate for Diversity and Inclusion are open to all UGA faculty and staff. There is no cost to enroll. UGA employees may take courses in pursuit of the certificate or they may take individual courses based on their needs and interests.
---Successful completion of the CDI requires completion of the core course and five elective courses in the program. A variety of courses will be offered each quarter and all of the courses in the program are free.
Courses Spring 2020:
---Core Course: Diversity @ UGA: Beyond the Numbers
---Elective Courses:
---An LGBTQ Primer, Creating an Inclusive Community
---Best Practices for Accommodating Students & Employees with Disabilities
---Identity and Social Location
---Emotional Intelligence and Diversity
---Got Your Six - Supporting UGA's Student Veterans
---Building Capacity for Diversity Programming

--The Office of Institutional Diversity seeks to support the engagement of historically underrepresented minority students at UGA. Connections is a program to help support students in their first year. The purpose of the program is to increase the retention and success of historically underrepresented minorities at The University of Georgia.
--Connections is social events & networking, academic and professional workshops, and faculty mentoring.

GAAME: Georgia African American Male Experience
--The University System of Georgia launched the African American Male Initiative project in 2002, focusing on the enrollment, retention, and graduation of African-American males in Georgia. The University of Georgia joined the AAMI project in the 2014 - 2015 academic year with the launch of GAAME.
--The University System of Georgia’s (USG) African-American Male Initiative (AAMI®) is a system-wide initiative designed to increase the number of African-American males who complete their postsecondary education from any of the USG institutions. Its mission is to provide an integrated program model of academic and social tools that support students around adopting a positive mindset to successfully complete classes, elevate their cumulative GPAs, matriculate through each academic level and graduate.

LEAD Fellows Program
--Leaders Engaged in Affirming Diversity (LEAD) is a year-long fellowship program allows students to enhance their leadership competencies, explore various facets of diversity, and exhibit knowledge of diversity and inclusion leadership. LEAD Fellows review seminal and current literature on diversity and leadership, participate in class discussions on current issues, engage with local and national diversity leaders, maintain a portfolio of critical reflections, and complete an individual or a group project that addresses a current issue of diversity on campus. Students selected for the fellowship must be sophomores or juniors during the academic year and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Strong candidates will demonstrate an interest in diversity leadership and articulate a desire to benefit from and contribute to the fellowship.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
--The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) is an independent faculty development center dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. By becoming an Institutional Member, all faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students at the University of Georgia have access to the following member resources at no additional cost:
-Weekly Monday Motivator
-Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
-Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
-Access to Multi-Week Courses
-Access to Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
-Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving, & moderated writing challenges
-Monthly accountability buddy matches
-Access to 14-Day Writing Challenges
-Access to the Member Library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings

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