Inspiring and Supporting Our Students

Inclusion is for everyone! Everyone at Agnes Scott College actively supports student efforts in promoting, advocating and integrating justice, equity, diversity and inclusion values in their work.

The GJM Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion provides leadership, guidance, coordination and accountability. The Center will:

  • Work with campus partners to address and report on the following six recommendations from the 2019 climate audit:
    1. Provide tools and additional training to help community members express ideas respectfully and promote mutual understanding.
    2. Continue to remove barriers that impact those with disabilities.
    3. Promote a culture of courageous conversations to replace the perceived campus “call-out” culture.
    4. Further explore perceptions of disparity in faculty workload by race and gender.
    5. Continue efforts to diversify the faculty.
    6. Continue to analyze employee pay equity for racial and gender parity.
  • Relaunch the Think Live Engage program to include monthly roundtable discussions and courageous conversations each semester. The focus for the 2020-2021 academic year is anti-racism.
  • Coordinate and launch robust History/Heritage Month and cultural celebrations. These celebrations include — but are not limited to — Latinx Heritage Month, Pride Month, Disability Awareness Week, Transgender Awareness Week, MLK Commemorative Week, Black History Month, Women’s History Month and Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
  • Partner with student organizations and campus partners to institute year-round cultural programs through #Culture365 to promote greater inclusion.
  • Partner with the Student Government Association, the Coalition of Multicultural Student Organizations, the Presidential Student Advisory Committee on Diversity, the Coordinating Committee of Black Spaces and all other student organizations interested in supporting justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism work.
  • Continue to support Student Government Association in their work to pass JEDI-related bills, such as:
    • The fall 2020 resolution for the implementation of student-implicit-bias coursework throughout SUMMIT and year-specific courses for all undergraduate students.
    • The spring 2021 resolution on decolonizing the curriculum and centering perspectives and contributions from marginalized people.
  • Provide opportunities and support for all students to be engaged in all dimensions of JEDI work, including, but not limited to race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status and religion.
  • Facilitate the inclusion of new students into the community by ensuring that justice, equity, diversity and inclusion are integrated into new student orientations, Legacy and SUMMIT. This includes training student leaders in global and cultural competence.
  • Revamp the LGBTQIA+ programs on campus by restructuring the Scottie Safe Zone curriculum, hiring a dedicated LGBTQIA+ fellow position whose responsibility will be to reassess existing programs, and expanding programs through Pride Month, Transgender Awareness Week and Lavender Hour.
  • Continue to host bi-annual Safe Zone workshops (Oct. 27, 2020 - 1 to 2 p.m.), transgender workshops (Nov. 18, 2020, faculty/staff session from 2 to 3 p.m. and student session, from 5 to 6 p.m.) and National Day of Silence (April 23, 2021, 1 to 2 p.m.).
  • Work closely with the Office of Accessible Education to promote engagement, dialogue and training on topics related to accessibility.
  • Increase awareness of the GJM Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion work and proudly display the college's commitment through social media campaigns.
  • Continue to support campus partners in attracting, retaining and graduating a diverse student body.
  • Partner with the Office of Career and Professional Development to continuously meets our diverse student body needs. GJM Center staff participate in the professional success working group, facilitate anti-bias training for the staff, and help better embed diversity and inclusion into the SCALE and professional success curricula.

As one of the most diverse colleges in the nation, Agnes Scott strives to be the model of a diverse and inclusive community that society can aspire to. We are a community of action, deeply engaged internally and with global society in all its possibilities and challenges.

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