Dr Jacobs Speaks on Diversity at UNG
Across the country, organizations and communities are engaged in diversity initiatives and discussions, and UNG is no exception. More often than not, the concept of diversity is based on characteristics that we can see - race, ethnicity, age and gender. Diversity also includes many characteristics that are not automatically identifiable - sexual orientation, religious faith, socio-economic background. For the university to fulfill its potential we must foster an environment where everyone's perspectives and experiences are valued and accepted. Diversity initiatives are not the tasks of one single group or individual person, it takes all of us to create this environment.
Academic Affairs is developing a certificate program that would will use existing courses to equip students with the knowledge and skills related to diversity issues. Student Affairs has begun the work of expanding Multicultural Student Affairs’ Diplomats for Diversity programs that were only on the Gainesville Campus to now be included also on the Dahlonega Campus.
Multicultural Student Affairs has implemented a student advisor program that pairs experienced student leaders with a student organization to provide leadership consultation and advice.
This summer, I appointed Sheila Caldwell as advisor to the president on diversity to build on work that began last year through the Faculty Senate's Diversity Council. Sheila, will you please stand and be recognized?
I'm very much enjoying working with Sheila, she has a lot of enthusiasm, energy, and some really good ideas, I encourage you to chat with her as you have opportunity.
I also would be remiss if I didn't mention the good work conducted by Sarah Mason and the council and look forward to Ester Morgan Ellis' leadership on the Diversity Council this year.