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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 announce that Dr. TaJuan Wilson has been selected to be Georgia Southern’s first Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence. Functionally serving as the university’s Chief Diversity Officer, this position serves on the senior leadership team and fulfills one of the seven recommendations the university adopted as part of Dr. Damon Williams’ plan to improve Georgia’s Southern’s culture and climate for all students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Wilson will start March 1.

He comes to us from the University of Iowa, where he has served as special assistant for external relations and associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. Prior to that, he was executive director of student programs and diversity and an assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. He also has been director of GEAR-UP Wyoming, a college access and awareness program for low-income and first-generation students near Western Wyoming Community College, and assistant director of TRIO Upward Bound at Southern Arkansas University.

He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, a master of public administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Oklahoma, and a doctorate of education from Lindenwood University in Missouri.

Active at each university and in each community where he has worked, Dr. Wilson has been a diversity and inclusion consultant since 2017 and is a frequent presenter on student access, student success, and equity and inclusion.

At Georgia Southern, he will continue our efforts to develop our Inclusive Excellence vision and strategy. Dr. Wilson will be a strategic partner with faculty, staff and students to initiate, define, and implement our inclusive excellence initiatives, policies and programs. This work will support the center pillar of the university’s strategic plan, through which all our populations will feel valued and respected, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability.

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.

Social Justice

Statesboro Campus

Monday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom

Armstrong Campus

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom A

Gender and Sexuality

Statesboro Campus

Monday, March 9, 6 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom

Armstrong Campus

Thursday, March 12, 6 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom A