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Inclusive Excellence

Georgia Southern University celebrates diversity in all its forms. 

The center pillar of our new strategic plan says all populations will feel valued and respected, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or disability. In addition, the University will capitalize on distinctive, unique campus cultures while encouraging strong institutional unity.

Inclusive Excellence is an on-going, collaborative process uniting Georgia Southern students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni in the work of embedding diversity and inclusiveness throughout University life. Our efforts were extended and re-energized with the work of acclaimed diversity, leadership and organizational change expert Dr. Damon A. Williams.

Georgia Southern University’s Inclusive Excellence Statement

Inclusive Excellence is a strategic pillar and a core value at Georgia Southern University. We recognize that our success as an institution of higher learning depends on our ability to embrace, value, and appreciate the diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni across our campuses.  Inclusive excellence is continuous and comprehensive; intentional and dynamic; transformational and innovative and is embedded in all aspects of our culture and actions. Inclusive excellence speaks to sustaining a campus climate that honors, respects, and is inclusive of all elements of diversity that makes each of us unique: culture, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, age, (dis)ability, creed, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, class, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political philosophy, etc. We uphold that all of our individual differences enrich our university. Together, we are Georgia Southern – committed to growing ourselves to grow others.

Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence Search

We are excited to welcome to campus three candidates for the Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence position next week. This is a critical position for our university and we encourage faculty, staff and students to these open forums. Candidates will present on the following topic and then field questions from the audience – Considerations/Recommendations for the Implementation of a Strategic Diversity Framework.

Candidate 1: TaJuan Wilson

Statesboro Campus
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Williams Center Multipurpose Room
Noon – 1 p.m.

Armstrong Campus
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Student Union Ogeechee Theatre
Noon – 1 p.m.

Candidate 2: Jobi Martinez

Statesboro Campus
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Russell Union Theater
Noon – 1 p.m.

Armstrong Campus
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Student Union Ogeechee Theatre
Noon – 1 p.m.

Candidate 3: Karen Jones

Statesboro Campus
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Williams Center Multipurpose Room
Noon – 1 p.m.

Armstrong Campus
Friday, January 24, 2020
Armstrong Center Auditorium
Noon – 1 p.m.

Thank you for your engagement in this important search. 

Dr. Melanie Miller
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
Search Committee Co-Chair

Dr. Donna Brooks
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Search Committee Co-Chair

Featured Events

Courageous Conversations

A series of town hall discussions around various topics aimed at helping us grow together through dialogue on how our differences make us stronger…make us better. These sessions are open to all students, faculty, and staff.

  • December 2019 – “Privilege, Respect, and Social Responsibility”
  • February 2020 – “Social Justice”
  • March 2020 – “Gender and Sexuality”

Statesboro Campus

Monday, Feb. 17, 8 PM
location TBA

Armstrong Campus

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 8 PM
location TBA