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Georgia Southwestern State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
800 GSW State University Dr.
Americus, Georgia 31709
Phone
(229) 928-1273
Email address
admissions@gsw.edu
School Information
"Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) is a world-class, four-year institution that offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Located on 250 scenic acres in historic Americus, Georgia, our campus is full of culture, history, passion, and prestige. Since 1906, GSW has provided an elevated educational experience for individuals all across Georgia, from each corner of the US, and from countries around the world. That diversity means our students engage with people from all walks of life who are ready to earn their way forward. Our small class sizes foster an emphasis on faculty and student interaction, and our administration and staff prioritize academic success and a spirited college experience" (Source: https://www.gsw.edu/about/). GSW's student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1 and the total students enrolled is approximately 3,000.
General Information
GSW outlined its Diversity Commitment which involves the implementation of DEI through recruitment and retention as well as through a curriculum review. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is being implemented. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • As part of its "commitment to diversity and racial equality," GSW states that it will "intensify our efforts in recruiting, supporting and retaining more Black faculty, staff, and students."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of its "commitment to diversity and racial equality," GSW states that it would "reevaluate our curriculum and programming to ensure we are providing appropriate and meaningful interactions and trainings around issues of diversity."
  • The Windows to the World program at GSW "helps students learn about and explore cultural diversity and inclusion" and is a "graduation requirement for all full-time, first-year undergraduate students as of fall, 2014."
Program and Research Funding
  • GSW is part of the "Southwest Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation consortium which is "designed to aid in the diversification of the nation's science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM-related degrees earned by underrepresented minority (URM) students."
Resources
  • GSW has a Diversity Commitment which states that "a commitment to diversity means a commitment to the inclusion, safety, and support of individuals from all groups." To support this goal, the university has a Council on Diversity and Behavioral Intervention Team for "corrective measures."
  • GSW committed to "identifying partners to host educational forums on racism and equality for students, faculty and staff, and student leadership" in addition to various other related events and programs.
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology MC Whitlock, Ph.D., created a resource for teachers titled "Symposium for Engaged Teaching: Inclusive Pedagogy," which outlines strategies for inclusive teaching.
Symbolic Actions
  • GSW states that it is "committed to providing an environment and curriculum which affirms pluralism of beliefs and opinions, including diversity of religion, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, disability, age and socioeconomic class."
  • GSW's Strategic Plan states that it would "[e]nsure all students are exposed to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion prior to graduation."
Last updated June 13th, 2024
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