Diversity & Inclusivity Month

Diversity Week began as Disability and Diversity Awareness Days in 1999 and transformed into Disability and Diversity Awareness Week in 2000. These activities were co-sponsored by the Office of Student Diversity Programs and the Office of Disability Services. These events were designed to promote heightened awareness, acceptance, and understanding of persons with diverse backgrounds and persons with disabilities within the Georgia Tech Community.

Diversity Week debuted in 2008 with the theme, “Latitude Adjustment,” and the Office has been using this theme every year. Stephen Covey writes, “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are --- or, as we are conditioned to see it.” Sometimes we have to move to different place to see the world as it really is. One major goal of the Office of Student Diversity Programs is the prepare students to live, learn and work in a global world. Each year the Office sponsors and co-sponsors several workshops, programs and trainings to prepare our students to be global citizens and global leaders. We would like to thank General Motors for being our corporate partner last year.

Calendar of Events for 2018

Monday, March 5

GT Unite

4-7 pm, Campanile and Tech Walkway, Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association

GT Unite is a gathering of the amazing student organizations that we have on campus!  Each organization will host tables where participants will engage is specially designed activities. These activities will showcase the organizations and give members of the GT community the chance to get a taste of the great diversity we foster on campus.  Participants will visit tables to redeem for a GT Unite t-shirt.

Saturday, March 10

Women’s Leadership Conference 

9am – 5pm, The Academy of Medicine, Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center  

The conference is a gathering of women who have sought to become leaders in the classroom and the boardroom as well as the communities where they reside. 

Registration Required (www.wlc.gatech.edu) 

Sunday, March 11

Inclusive Leadership Conference

11am – 3:30pm Co-sponsored by the Cultural and Diversity Affairs Committee (CDAC, SGA), Institute Diversity, & Student Diversity Programs

Keynote Address: Dr. Jillian Martin, Assistant Director for Strategy and Evaluation, Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, Washington University – St. Louis

The purpose of the annual Inclusive Leadership Conference is to give student leaders from different communities the opportunity to interface with the common goal of fostering a stronger, deeper, broader sense of community at Georgia Tech. This year's theme is InclYOUsivity: The Change Starts With You. Student leaders will enhance their campus leadership by developing diversity and incorporating inclusion in their own organizations, creating an environment that is actively inclusive of Yellow Jackets from communities outside their own. This conference is open to any student leader (or aspiring student leader!) on campus. Please contact Barry Johnson-Smith at barryjohnsonsmith23@gmail.com or Calvin Runnels at calvinmrunnels@gmail.com if you have questions or desire further information.

Monday, March 12

Persian New Year (Nowruz)

6:00 – 9:00pm, Student Center Ballroom, Celebrate this cultural event and learn about the Persian New Year.

Wednesday, March 14

Brown Eyes Blue Eyes: Linking Perception and Performance

8:30am – Noon, Cheryl Cofield & Stephanie Ray – Facilitators, Co-sponsored by Institute Diversity & Student Diversity Programs

Explores how bias and perception impact people's thoughts and behaviors - which leads to differences in treatment - resulting in differences in performance and productivity. Utilizing an updated version of the classic Jane Elliot video, Brown-Eyes, Blue Eyes, participants are gently encouraged to contemplate whether they may be creating exclusive work environments as well as their responsibility in eliminating "isms" in the workplace.


Tuesday, March 20

“Intentional Inclusion: Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Graduate Students”

11:30am – 1:00pm, Student Center Peachtree Room, Dr. Tia Jackson-Truitt - Facilitator, Center for Engineering Education and Diversity (CEED)

The topic will cover identifying and reducing cultural bias.

Monday, March 26

Dismantling the ‘U.S. versus International’ Dichotomy: Creating Synergy between Intercultural and Diversity and Inclusion Approaches

Guest Facilitator: Dr. Amer Ahmed, Director, Intercultural Teaching & Faculty Development (Faculty Appointment), Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD), University of Massachusetts –Amherst

Co-sponsored by the Office of International Education, Institute Diversity, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, & Student Diversity Programs

Staff Workshops (Choose 1)

9:00am – Noon (light breakfast snacks available 8:30-9am) or 1:30– 4:00pm (Coffee & snacks available 1-1:30pm), Student Center, Crescent Room

Intercultural approaches are often adopted by those in organizations who engage in international and ‘global’ efforts while Diversity and Inclusion approaches tend to be viewed as only applicable in U.S. contexts. As the trend of ‘Globalizing’ Business, Higher Education and other sectors rapidly accelerates, there are many missed opportunities due to the lack of synthesis of the two approaches. This dichotomy often prevents us from understanding the relationship between local and global factors that impact our ability to engage constituencies holistically. The integration of these approaches better highlights the historical context and inequities created from power dynamics that must be considered in order to effectively navigate intercultural realities in our world today.

Registration Required at oie.gatech.edu/staff-workshop

Tuesday, March 27

Faculty Development Workshop on Inclusive Pedagogy: Classroom Teaching Strategies

11am – 1pm, Lunch available 10:30-11am, Student Center, Crescent Room

Guest Facilitator: Dr. Amer Ahmed, Director, Intercultural Teaching & Faculty Development (Faculty Appointment), Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD), University of Massachusetts –Amherst

Co-sponsored by the Office of International Education, Institute Diversity, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and Student Diversity Programs

As educational institutions continue to cultivate strategies for diverse and inclusive climates, there has been increased focus on student experiences in the classroom. This workshop will engage faculty with regards to pedagogy and classrooms methods that can create dynamic learning environments for students.

Registration Required at https://oie.gatech.edu/faculty-development-workshop

Student Veteran Awareness Workshop

1:00pm, Student Services, Room 117, Facilitator - Dr. Dave Ross, Sponsored by the Veterans Resource Center

This workshop will provide an overview about student veterans at Georgia Tech. Topics for discussion include: transitioning from the military to civilian and college life, acceptance on campus, differences from other students, and challenges on campus.

Night of Diversity

7:00pm, Student Center Ballroom

Night of Diversity is the 11th annual event hosted by Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, where various cultural organizations across Georgia Tech's campus will perform in order to celebrate culture and diversity.

Thursday, March 29

Invisible: Homelessness on Campus

11:00am, Student Success Center, President’s Suite C, Facilitator - Dr. Janice Harewood, Counseling Center, Co-sponsored by the Counseling Center and Georgia Tech STAR

Learn how college students are impacted by housing and food insecurity on campus, and talk to other students, faculty, and staff about what we can do to address it.

Monday, April 2

Take Back the Night 

7pm, Campanile, Co-sponsored by VOICE, the Women’s Resource Center, & PAUSE 

Take Back the Night is the annual candlelight vigil and speak-out for the survivors of sexual violence.   

Tuesday, April 10

Israel Festival

11am – 2pm, Campanile (Rain Date, April 11), Sponsored by Hillel

Come join over 1000 other GT students at the Campanile to experience a showcase of Israeli life and culture. This event is open to all students and there will be free food, t-shirts, giveaways, live music, and a real camel!

Friday, April 13

The Power of Your Personal Story (Student’s only)

5:30 – 7:00pm, Student Services Room 117, Stephanie Ray - Facilitator

Storytelling is one of the world’s oldest art forms, and this art is shared by all cultures and backgrounds. Stories bond us to each other and to the communities we share. Learn the elements of a good story and how to create an original story to arouse emotion to bring about change. Student stories will be showcased in the fall at a Storytelling Salon. Co-sponsored by the Diversity Ambassadors. Registration Required at https://orgsync.com/139436/forms/307574

For more information, call the Office of Student Diversity programs at 404-894-2561. Please let the Office know if you need an accommodation to participate in these programs. Please visit diversityprograms.gatech.edu for additional information.