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Georgia State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
33 Gilmer Street SE
Suite 200
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 413-2500
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School Information
"With six campuses throughout metro Atlanta, the university provides its world-class faculty and more than 54,000 students with unsurpassed connections to the opportunities available in one of the 21st century’s great global cities. A national leader in graduating students from diverse backgrounds, Georgia State provides a rich experience with award-winning housing, hundreds of student clubs and organizations, and one of the most diverse student bodies in the country. Students, faculty and alumni enjoy a unique campus personality and culture based on ambition, hard work, dedication and perseverance" (Source: The university was founded in 1913 as an evening school for Georgia Tech. The school offers over 250 degree programs with a student to faculty ratio of 26 to 1.
General Information
Following the death of George Floyd, the university has initiated many programs in order to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity. The university does mandate diversity training of faculty. The university offers over 100 programs for diversity and also offers numerous resources for training. At this time, the university is looking to potentially require diversity training of all students in the future. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Georgia State offers diversity training optionally to faculty.
  • In Fall 2020, the university would "create a Human Resources/AAEO Action Plan to review and propose policies around training, equity and inclusion" and "evaluate feasibility of implementation of mandatory bias training."
  • In Fall 2020, the university decided to "mandate implicit bias training for faculty and administrator search committee chairs" and "implement series of workshops for leadership at chair level and above on DEI issues."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • For Fall 2020, the university decided to "add training opportunities for instructors on creating inclusive learning environments in conjunction with CETL."
  • The university intends to "evaluate feasibility of inclusion of diversity module for freshmen orientation beginning as early as Fall 2021."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • GSU hosts numerous events for voter engagement such as the Panther Vote Program. Additionally, events such as "Racial and Social injustice" are held by Civic Engagement.
Program and Research Funding
  • The university announced that, on July 27, 2020, a scholarship in honor of Myra Payne Elliott, Barbara Pace Hunt, and Iris Mae Welch would be made. This scholarship would "provide financial support to students who embody the commitment to social justice exemplified by these pioneers."
  • In 2018, the Andrew M. Mellon funded a $150,000 grant to GSU for "Early Identification System: Identifying High-Potential Students from Diverse Backgrounds to Support in Pathways toward Humanities PhDs."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • As part of GSU's Action Plan for the Recommendations of the Task Force for Racial Equality of September 2020, the president made a plan to "create a Police Action Plan that evaluates current practices to ensure equitable treatment and accountability."
  • Georgia State offers numerous resources to faculty for diversity in the classroom.
  • GSU's Black Student Achievement promotes "quality services and programs related to the retention, progression and graduation of African Americans attending Georgia State University by providing resources and advocating for their academic success, degree attainment, co-curricular involvement, cultural heritage and international and educational diversity." This includes mentoring and the Panther PRIME program for GSU's African American Male Initiative.
  • The President announced that GSU will be seeking out a vice president of institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • In Fall 2020, the university decided to "engage with the Dean of the Graduate School to identify ways to create additional resources and support for graduate students who are mistreated because of racism or discrimination."
  • In 2021, the university decided to "create social justice programming and pathways for transcripts."
  • The university established the Provost's Visiting Scholars Program which "brings to Georgia State University promising and leading faculty from underrepresented minority groups for short-term visits."
  • Given that Georgia State University is a member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, faculty and staff have access to NCFDD diversity resources.
  • The university hosts a Diversity Database which is comprised of over 100 "programs, initiatives, and policies at Georgia State" that "address diversity, equity, and inclusion across numerous fields."
  • The university hosts numerous diversity events.
Symbolic Actions
  • As a response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks, the university created the Task Force for Racial Equality in June 2020.
  • In Fall 2020, the university planned to "create a series of diversity dialogues to include at least one Presidential Town Hall, as well as engagement with the Center for Studies on Africa and its Diaspora."
  • The university will "support the USG Chancellor’s initiative to rename buildings honoring segregationists."
  • In the 2020-2021 academic year, the university launched Diversity Dialogues with the hopes for "bringing together the university community to discuss ways to address racism and inequality."
  • The university created a Steering Committee "following the fall 2019 report of the Commission of the Next Generation of Faculty."
  • On May 31, 2020, the university president responded to the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery by stating, "The senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd have brought forward understandable pain and anger about racism and violence against black Americans."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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