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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in COE


The College of Education at Georgia Southern University is committed to a culture of inclusive excellence in which faculty, staff, students and visitors collaborate in an environment that is welcoming and respectful. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee embraces and promotes diversity in all spaces within the College.  We define diversity as characteristics and identities of individuals including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, marital status and political beliefs. Inclusion involves recognizing and embracing differences between individuals.

Our goal of inclusivity is to create a sense of belonging and our College values and practices reflect respect for the talents, beliefs, cultural backgrounds and identities of its constituents. We believe that diversity, equity and inclusion are critical elements in creating a conducive atmosphere to foster open-mindedness, compassion in teaching, learning and inquiry, as well as a necessary condition for preparing our graduates to succeed in a diverse global society.

COE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Members 2021-2022

Peggy Shannon-Baker, CFR
Edward Muhammad, CFR
Sam Rhodes, ESE
Kathryn Haughney, ESE
Elise Cain, LTHD
Kristen Dickens, LTHD
Scott Beck, MGSE
Alex Reyes, MGSE
Matt Dunbar, COE Staff
Shalonda Coleman-Orr, COE Staff
Ex Officio: Tracy Linderholm, Assoc. Dean


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The COE’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee has prepared a full slate of opportunities to engage faculty, staff, and students in discussions. Please see some of the events held below:

Upcoming Events

Community and Conversations

2021-2022 Events to be announced

Past Events


  • Being an Anti-Racist Educator held on, October 15, 2020 9:30-10:30 a.m., led by Chelda Smith Kondo, Amee Adkins, ,Jemelleh Nurse Coes, and David Lewis. Please view the YouTube link below to view the panel discussion.

If you are a student, staff or faculty member in need of support, please complete the support form below.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Support Form

Commitment to Diversity Award

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The Commitment to Diversity Award is designed to honor College of Education faculty and staff who show ongoing engagement in issues of diversity. Faculty and staff applying for the COE Commitment Diversity and Inclusion Award should have an innovative and unique perspective to promoting and building respect for diversity in the classroom. Candidates need to demonstrate how they advance the diversity, equity and inclusion within the College and throughout the community. 

Primary Criteria

  • Implemented or developed an innovative program, policy, course or professional development training that has served to inform the college community about topics related diversity
  • Actively supported diversity initiatives, programs, and educational opportunities in the College of Education and contributed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment.
  • The contributions should have a positive effect on building respect and community within the College and/or in the educational context, for students in the classroom and /or in experiential learning opportunities.

Please see the Commitment Award application for materials and submission procedures.


Please visit the Georgia Southern University’s Inclusive Excellence website for Diversity and Inclusion Events and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX for more information. Inclusive Excellence is an on-going, collaborative process uniting Georgia Southern students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni in the work of embedding diversity and inclusiveness throughout University life.

Last updated: 10/26/2021