Diversity 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 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 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 and Inclusion Committee Members 2020-2021
Meca Williams-Johnson, CFR
Peggy Shannon-Baker, CFR
Chianti Grant-Culver, ESE
Calvin Walton, ESE
Terry Diamanduros, LTHD
Kristen Dickens, LTHD
Alex Reyes, MGSE
Michelle Reidel, MGSE
Matt Dunbar, Staff Representative
Earnestine Burns, Staff Representative
Georgia Library Media Association
- Kimberlé Crenshaw’s talk at the 2016 Women of the World Festival on intersectionality and her work on #SayHerName at the African American Policy Forum
- “5 ways of understanding Black Lives Matter” talk by Dr. Frank Leon Roberts and performance by Ledisi
- Your Kids Aren’t too Young to Talk About Race https://www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/Blog%20Post%20Title%20One-5new4?fbclid=IwAR3-WJBQJj4ltOIx36h8reQHhYWyVu5kKGXQoT-yT5Big0ZA5BYgrb-7pT0
- CNN and Sesame Street’s town hall on racism for kids and their families which featured Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
- CNN recreated back in 2010 the Doll Test to see how younger children (ages 5+) internalize messages they learn about skin color
Middle School Age
High School Age
- Embrace Race- Where to find diverse children’s books: https://www.embracerace.org/resources/where-to-find-diverse-childrens-books?fbclid=IwAR2WbG03hD2RROEftjSQVZeaNmXJ3QGEayYl2AsTZYpi11V5rGrUDfn7fms
- How to be an Antiracist Educator article by Dena Simmons
- Rethinking Schools magazine (includes articles by p-12 teachers on their teaching, curriculum, relationships with students/families/community)
- Special collection in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning on “An unpaid debt: The case for racial equity in higher education“
- Black Lives Matter Fall 2016 syllabus by Dr. Frank Leon Roberts at NYU
- APA.org – Bias Free Language/ Racial and Ethnic Identity
Critical Conversations and Professional Development
Professional Development Opportunities
The COE’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee facilitated two professional learning opportunities in the Spring 2020 semester intended to support our continued growth and critical self-reflection.
- Ongoing- Diversity, Recruitment and Retention Training Sessions were conducted by the Arredondo Advisory Group as a part of the University’s efforts in inclusive excellence. Small teams of COE members participated in the sessions and will share the information within departments and committees later in the upcoming academic year. During our academic fall kick off session, we will instroduce a schedule of our training sessions for faculty and staff members. If you would like to know more about the Arredondo facilitators, please see the Arredondo Group website for more information.
Commitment to Diversity Award
The Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion 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 and inclusion within the College and throughout the community.
- 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.
Please see the Commitment Award application for materials and procedures
Georgia Southern Inclusive Excellence
Last updated: 7/1/2020