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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 2020-2021

Peggy Shannon-Baker, CFR
Chianit Grant-Culver, ESE
Terry Diamanduros, LTHD
Michelle Reidel, MGSE
Matt Dunbar, COE Staff
Ex Officio:
Meca Williams-Johnson, CFR
Calvin Walton, ESE
Kristen Dickens, LTHD
Alex Reyes, MGSE
Earnestine Burns, COE Staff
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 the upcoming events below


  • Being an Anti-Racist Educator, October 15, 2020 9:30-10:30 a.m., led by Chelda Smith Kondo, Amee Adkins, and Jemelleh Nurse Coes.
    • Being an Anti-Racist Educator ZOOM Link TBA


  • Allyship and Activism held on September 10, 2020, 9:30-10:30 a.m., led by Chelda Smith Kondo, Katie Brkich and Chris Pugh.  Please click the link below to hear the full panel discussion and how to take the next steps to structural and material change for marginalized groups.


Community and Conversation

Our goal with the Community and Conversation Series is to provide an informal venue for faculty and staff to learn together. These virtual discussion-based sessions will feature a different resource each month.

Attendees are asked to view, listen to or read the resource prior to our meeting when we will come together to share ideas and insights.

You do not need to register in advance to participate. Simply view,
listen to or read the selected resource before joining the meeting.

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2020 1:00 p.m.  ZOOM LINK
    • Oct. 15, will feature an episode from NPR’s podcast series Code Switch.

Please visit future Community and Conversation Series events here.

Other Activities:

September 2020

Sept. 29, 2020 – Book Circle: I’m Still Here, by Austin Channing Brown, 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. More information forthcoming.

Sept. 29, 2020 – Professional Learning Community: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching 4:00-5:00 p.m.. More information forthcoming.

October 2020 

Oct. 20, 2020 – Book Circle: The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater, 3:00 p.m. More information forthcoming.

November 2020 

Nov. 12, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – Documentary: Breaking the Silence Lillian Smith movie with discussion from filmmaker Hal Jacobs (will be held on the Savannah Campus )  More information forthcoming.

Nov. 17, 2020 – Community & Conversation: Poetry 1:00 p.m. More information forthcoming.

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

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, 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.

Please see the Commitment Award application for materials and procedures


Please visit the Georgia Southern University’s Inclusive Excellence website 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: 9/25/2020