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Augusta University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1120 15th Street
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Phone
(706) 737-1632
Email address
admissions@augusta.edu
School Information
"The Board of Regents defines Augusta University as Georgia's health/sciences/medical college. And we are that. Proudly. We are also a dynamic, comprehensive research university offering more than 150 areas of study, across ten colleges through undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs" (Source: https://www.augusta.edu/about/). Augusta University was founded in 1828, originally as the Medical College of Georgia. Augusta is home to 10 colleges and schools, featuring a total enrollment of over 9,500 students. The university has a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1.
General Information
Augusta has engaged in numerous anti-racist initiatives, including the implementation of diversity training for students, faculty, and staff. The university outlined its commitment to DEI and regularly hosts related programs, such as the Diversity and Inclusion Summit. Anti-racism resources are also offered.

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Office of Learner Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will "recruit, matriculate, and graduate an excellent, talented and diverse student body to meet the needs of the communities we serve" and "grow health careers interest and academic pipeline programs in partnership with the University System of Georgia and other Georgia colleges and universities to promote health science interest and facilitate admissions and matriculation of students from under-represented populations."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Augusta offers Cultural Competency Training for students so that "students can obtain a higher level of cultural competency."
  • Augusta established its Department of Multicultural Student Engagement in 2018. The Department of MSE "aims to provide education, training and programming to foster awareness of diversity and inclusion among Augusta University students."
  • Augusta offers the "Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging" training program for students and faculty. Augusta also offers "multiple optional courses for our faculty and staff members who want to learn more about diversity and acquire necessary skills to practice inclusion in the classroom and beyond."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Augusta offers a "Certificate of Less than One Year in Cultural Diversity in Healthcare."
Resources
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presented 'Fostering Inclusivity: Examining and Dismantling Anti-Asian Discrimination and Hate in 2021.'
  • The Office of Learner Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion created a strategic plan for diversity and will "develop, implement and enhance practices and policies of diversity and inclusivity that facilitate a culturally sensitive college and academic health center environment" and "optimize diversity and cultural sensitivity by fostering community engagement and partnerships focused on reducing factors associated with health care disparities."
  • Augusta hosts a Multicultural Mentorship program which consists of "a peer mentoring program designed and designated for Augusta University's students from minoritized identities."
  • Augusta has an African American Male Initiative which is "a leadership development program designed to cultivate the talents and abilities of African American male students to support their academic and future career goals."
  • Augusta offers anti-racism resources, including "How to Be an Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi.
  • On August 3, 2016, Augusta held a Diversity and Inclusion Summit and invited Tim Wise, a "world renowned anti-racist author," as a keynote speaker.
  • The Medical College of Georgia's Office of Learner Affairs offers pipeline programs and student affinity groups as part of its Diversity Outreach Initiatives.
  • Augusta's president released a video message outlining the university's Institutional Commitment to Diversity. The university instituted various additional diversity training programs as an extension of the DEI Strategic Plan.
Symbolic Actions
  • The university is "committed to increasing inclusive excellence, promoting equity, and cultivating a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff at Augusta University."
  • On June 2, 2020, Augusta released a statement in response to the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, stating, "As a community, we need to nurture this desire for civic engagement in our students and stand united in our efforts to ensure equity, justice, and the end to the oppression of all kinds."
Last updated August 4th, 2022
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