Presidential Committee to Oversee Campus Accessibility

To ensure that none of the more than 26,000 students, faculty, and staff that make up the Georgia Tech community is deprived of the chance to fully participate in the Institute’s offerings, President G.P. “Bud” Peterson has established a new committee.

The President’s Committee on Disabilities and Access will determine if campus barriers — whether physical or technology-related — adversely impact access to Tech’s programs or services anywhere across the 400-acre campus, which houses some 238 buildings and other structures.

Diversity Roundtable Gets ‘Authentic about Inclusion’

Regular people telling real stories. That’s what struck Diversity Roundtable first-timer Alan Katz about the 2014 iteration of the discussion-driven workshop on inclusion and diversity hosted by the Office of Human Resources. The experience consisted of a morning storytelling salon and an afternoon luncheon. 

“The effort was down-to-earth,” said Katz, assistant dean for Finance and Administration in the College of Computing. “It was all about people talking from the heart.”

Tech Earns Recognition for Diversity Practices with National Award

Georgia Tech is the recipient of a the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The recognition comes from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, a diversity-focused publication in higher education. Tech will be featured, along with 82 other recipients, in the magazine’s November 2014 issue.

Institute Diversity Expands Leadership for Staff Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Institute Diversity is expanding its team to provide more focused attention and increased oversight for staff diversity initiatives. 

Effective June 1, 2015, the Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion team (Pearl Alexander, Cheryl Cofield, and Jardyn Lake) from the Office of Human Resources (OHR) will join Institute Diversity to form the core of its new Staff Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement (SDIE) team. 

Diversity Roundtable Gets Theatric in Sixth Year

Micro-messages were one of the many topics explored at the Sixth Annual Diversity Roundtable on June 10. 

“Storytelling Salons” took center stage during the morning portion of the event at the Ferst Center of the Arts, followed by a luncheon at the Student Center Ballroom. 

Both the Storytelling Salons and luncheon highlighted how lived experiences are important aspects of diversity. 

Students Invite Faculty, Staff to Sign Inclusivity Pledge

Last month, the Student Government Association (SGA)’s Cultural and Diversity Affairs Committee began seeking signees for its Campus Inclusivity Pledge, asking all students, staff, and faculty to underscore their commitment to a positive campus culture.

The pledge essentially asks signees to make a personal commitment to create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive culture throughout the Georgia Tech community. Students from the SGA committee will also be tabling on Tech Walk as part of their efforts. 

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