Dr. Gita Phelps is quick to praise her oldest sister, who broke barriers as the first black valedictorian at Peach County High School in Fort Valley. But when it comes to her own accolades—being the first female and first African-American to get a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Georgia (UGA)—she simply says, “That’s just normal. That’s in my family that we do our best.”
Every October on Front Campus, colorful and thought-provoking T-shirts are clothes-pinned to roped lines, flapping in the wind—airing the dirty laundry of violence against women. This year, the vibrant menagerie commemorates 15 years of a women’s program at Georgia College.
As a developmental psychologist at Georgia College, Dr. Ashley Taylor strives to give students a complete history of psychology that includes all races and contributors.
Dr. Emmanuel Little knows he wouldn’t be where he is today—director of “Call Me MiSTER” and minority retention—without people who believed in and mentored him. Now, Little pays forward the gift he received, guiding scores of young men through college and into successful careers.
By the time women reach college, many become discouraged and disinterested in historically male-dominated fields like science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).
Many departments at Georgia College are working to reverse that trend.
It’s a challenge to recruit outstanding faculty. Doubly so, when trying to attract a more-diverse teaching population.
When it comes to keeping underrepresented faculty, it gets even harder.
As the largest division on campus, the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) makes diversity a priority. And the results are remarkable.
Ongoing series: In its third year, the Office of Inclusive Excellence is dynamic and bustling--much like its chief.
First in a series: Since implementation of Dr. Steve Dorman's Diversity Action Plan in 2013, improvements have been made to raise numbers of underrepresented faculty and students on campus. But administrators say there's more work to do.