The University of Georgia’s Planning Committee on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence has completed its work, establishing a five-year roadmap to advance diversity and inclusion at UGA.
The plan includes 11 university-level goals ranging from increasing the enrollment of underrepresented students to increasing the number of underrepresented faculty and staff as well as increasing institutional visibility in the educational pipeline of underserved communities.
The planning process was led by Michelle Cook, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and strategic university initiatives, and Kyle Tschepikow, special assistant to the president and director for strategy and innovation, and included 21 faculty, staff, students, alumni and local community members.
“I want to thank Dr. Cook, Dr. Tschepikow and the members of the planning committee for their outstanding leadership and service,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead, who charged the planning committee last fall. “The work of the committee provides a clear path forward to create a better, stronger UGA, and I am excited about the positive impact this new plan will make on our university community in the years ahead.”
Each of the 11 goals in the plan includes key performance indicators to measure progress over time as well as institutional actions to be implemented immediately. These include developing pipeline programs with targeted high schools, providing training for search committees and hiring authorities, and establishing scholarships for experiential learning in rural Georgia, among other actions.