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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
Chianti 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 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.


  • 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. Please return to this page for upcoming events to be held this semester.

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 and Inclusion 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, 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: 1/19/2021