Former NAACP Chair to Give MLK Lecture

Each January, the Georgia Tech community comes together to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and rededicate itself to his vision.

This year, Julian Bond, social activist and former chairman of the board of the NAACP, will give the keynote address at Georgia Tech’s fourth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture, on Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. 

50 Years Ago, First African-American Student Graduated from Tech

50 years ago this June, Ronald Yancey took an important step — well, several — in Georgia Tech’s history as he donned his regalia and walked across the stage as the only black man among 300 graduates and the first African-American student to receive a degree from the Institute.

His proud achievement did not come easily but was earned through years of perseverance, trials, tribulations, and loneliness.

Lavender Graduation Celebrates LGBTQIA Graduates, Community

As Commencement draws near to honor all Georgia Tech students who are graduating this semester, another event will specifically honor Tech’s LGBTQIA graduates and those who have worked to make Tech a better place for them.

Georgia Tech’s third annual Lavender Graduation, hosted by the LGBTQIA Resource Center, takes place Thursday, April 16, and will present its inaugural Lavender Awards, which honor faculty, students, staff, and alumni who have made significant contributions to LGBTQIA safety, equity, and inclusion on campus.

Employee Resource Groups Celebrate First Year

Leaders from Georgia Tech’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and the Office of Human Resources’ Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion team gathered recently to celebrate their achievements, review lessons learned, and share what’s next for ERGs.

“You all have done trailblazing work,” said Pearl Alexander, executive director of the Staff Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement (SDIE) team in Institute Diversity. “It has been no small feat. We’re answering the broader call from the entire Georgia Tech workforce when they said we need something.” 

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. 

LGBTQIA Resource Center Presents New Safe Space Curriculum

As resources and benefits continue to grow and expand for LGBTQIA students and employees, so too does the demand for training on how best to support colleagues and students.

When Aby Parsons became director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Ally (LGBTQIA) Resource Center in 2014, she made it a goal to update the curriculum of the Safe Space training program to meet growing interest from the campus community. 

Tech Welcomes Record-Setting Freshman Class

On August 17, around 3,000 of the brightest minds from around the world arrive at Georgia Tech to begin the next phase of their lives as Yellow Jackets.

The incoming freshman class is record-setting in its diversity and academic prestige. The group is 41 percent female — the first class to ever top 40 percent. This class also has 35 percent more African-American students than last year, and its academic profile — which includes SAT scores and number of college-level classes taken — is the best a class has ever been.

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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