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Middle Georgia State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
100 University Parkway
Macon, Georgia 31206
Phone
(478) 471-2725
Email address
admissions@mga.edu
School Information
"Middle Georgia State University has a history that is unlike most other institutions of higher education in the United States. Not only is it Georgia’s newest university -- as of July 2015 – it’s also one of Georgia’s oldest institutions. Its origins go back to the late 19th century, and its name has been changed several times" (Source: https://www.mga.edu/about/history/index.php). Established in 1884, the university hosts a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 8,000 students. Its student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Over 65 academic programs of study are offered.
General Information
Middle Georgia State University offers several courses that incorporate DEI. In addition, MGA has created a Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Office which offers numerous events and programs for DEI. The school's strategic plan incorporates DEI and, as part of this plan, a Diversity Certificate pathway was created. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of the Strategic Plan, MGA developed a "Diversity Certificate pathway for students through Knight Life."
Resources
  • MGA has a Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Office which is charged with the goal to "guide and coordinate efforts that support Middle Georgia State University’s Statement of Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity; to serve as a liaison and collaborative partner in support of the institution’s values, mission, and strategic plan; to educate and create awareness in the campus community about diversity, inclusion, equity, multiculturalism, and interaction across differences in a global society."
  • One of the Strategic Priorities of MGA's Strategic Plan is to "foster a culture of care" and to "strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion."
  • On July 30, 2020, MGA announced that, "In the wake of the violent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and in response to the wave of social movements and protests, the School of Arts & Letters (SOAL) took a stand and created a series in support of the ongoing fight to end racial injustices suffered by Black individuals and their communities." This series is titled the Collective Action Series. The inaugural event was "a faculty/staff discussion via Microsoft Teams of Ibram X. Kendi’s book, 'How to be an Antiracist.'"
  • MGA offers Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity events.
  • MGA has a Diversity Committee which also offers Faculty/Staff Diversity Award Nominations. The Office of DEI also has an Instagram account.
Symbolic Actions
  • MGA hosts a Diversity Speaker Series titled "Inclusive Introductions."
Last updated September 9th, 2022
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