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University of Georgia

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
210 South Jackson Street
Athens, Georgia 30602
Phone
(706) 542-3000
Email address
apply@uga.edu
School Information
"Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia is the birthplace of public higher education in America — launching our nation’s great tradition of world-class public education. What began as a commitment to inspire the next generation grows stronger today through global research, hands-on learning and extensive outreach. A top value in public higher education and research, the University of Georgia tackles some of the world’s grand challenges, from combating infectious disease and creating a dependable food supply to advancing economic growth and strengthening cyber and global security." The university enrolls over 39,100 students, employs over 3,100 faculty, and offers 24 Baccalaureate degrees, 32 master's degrees, and four doctoral degrees. (Source: https://www.uga.edu/about.php) (Source: https://www.uga.edu/facts.php)
General Information
The university started the "UGA Dismantling Systemic Racism" Ad Hoc Committee, which offers seminars and other resources to staff and community members. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity at the university facilitates diversity and inclusion initiatives and provides numerous workshops and resources on diversity.
  • UGA faculty and academic leaders met at the Academic Affairs Faculty Symposium on Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching and Learning at UGA where they discussed diverse and inclusive teaching practices and “ways that instructors could redesign courses, assignments and syllabi” as well as “decolorize the syllabus” with the mindset for student interactions as “compliance as the floor and compassion as the ceiling.”
  • One of the goals from UGA's "Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Plan" is to "Increase enrollment of underrepresented students at undergraduate and graduate levels."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Department of Plant Biology at the university offers numerous Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion trainings and resources including Implicit Bias Training, UGA Certificate of Diversity and Inclusion, and a Graduate Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • As of November 13, 2020, the University’s Office of Faculty Affairs would administer "training for search committees on implicit biases and the best practices for recruitment of a diverse hiring pool." This training focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) faculty. 
  • One of the goals of UGA's Office of Institutional Diversity is "Enhancing diversity awareness and education through training and learning opportunities for faculty, students and staff throughout the university."
  • UGA's Office of Institutional Diversity offers a certificate in diversity and inclusion which provides "diversity education" for school departments and units.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences has a "Multicultural Requirement" for undergraduate students that can be "satisfied through the completion of coursework with a significant focus on African American, Asian American, Hispanic American or Native American cultures."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Presidential Task Force on Race, Ethnicity and Community has implemented numerous new programs and diversity initiatives over the last year since 2020 when the President “committed $1 million in private resources from the UGA Athletic Association.”
  • The Just Education Policy at UGA’s College of Education is a program “to inspire and engage the next generation of racial justice-focused policy scholars.”
  • UGA's Office of Institutional Diversity outlines several of its scholarship programs including the "Black Alumni Scholarship" and the "Diversity Scholarship."
  • UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences announced its "2023-24 Seed Grant Program" through its Center for Research and Engagement in Diversity (RED). The mission of RED is to "engage in diversity research and outreach in order to enhance individual, institutional, and community learning, effectiveness, and well -being."
  • UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences offers an “Innovation in the Franklin Multicultural Curriculum" grant which would "support and encourage faculty to develop new courses that would be appropriate for the college’s multicultural curriculum..." or "significantly revise existing courses in order to be included in the multicultural curriculum."
Resources
  • The UGA Staff Council's Dismantling Systematic Racism Ad Hoc Committee offered a presentation by Terry College of Business's Dr. Dawn Bennett-Alexander, titled, "Using Anti-Racism to Dismantle White Supremacy."
  • The University of Georgia’s Planning Committee on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence established a “five-year roadmap to advance diversity and inclusion at UGA” consisting of 11 university-level strategic diversity initiatives.
  • In a June 3, 2021 WUGA article titled "UGA Professor on Critical Race Theory," Dr. Maria Len-Rios (Professor and Associate Dean at UGA’s Grady College) stated that “Critical Race Theory, at its core, is about equal justice,” and “It asks us to be curious about the relationship between different power structures that we have created in society that create racial inequalities."
  • The University links to a 2018 dissertation by Clifford Emmanuel Little Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy, University of Georgia) titled "Uncovering the mister magic: critical race counternarratives of black male pre-service teachers."
  • UGA published its "Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Plan" which would "guide the University’s diversity efforts from 2022- 2027 and provide an explicit, integrated, strategic, university-wide approach to our inclusion and diversity efforts."
Symbolic Actions
  • In February 2020, UGA renamed the College of Education in honor of Mary Frances Early who was the first African American graduate at the university.
Last updated April 26th, 2024
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