The College’s Diversity Plan was created in 2000, amended in 2003, revised in 2012, 2017 and 2019. This latest version was approved by the full faculty on May 1, 2019
This plan builds upon previous Grady College efforts. Our goals and plan are written to align with the College’s Strategic Plan, the Strategic Plan of the University of Georgia and in concert with the mission and goals of UGA’s Office of Institutional Diversity.
In accordance with UGA’s Institutional Diversity Plan (2011-2016):
Diversity includes, but is not limited to, groups defined by race, nationality, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, disability and/or health status, gender identity/expression, veteran status, geographic origins and socioeconomic status. (p. 5)
The goal of the diversity plan is to create a culture of diversity where all people are valued. To that end, it is important to acknowledge that the model for U.S. education, businesses and the media professions is and has historically been structured using a Eurocentric, heterosexual, masculine, and Christian model. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this fact, this culture is institutionalized in practices and norms that reflect its designers and remains the dominant cultural force in higher education. Students, faculty and staff raised within the dominant culture have the inherent advantage of operating in a system that was built for and with them in mind. Because it is the goal of Grady College to create an environment where all members of our community can succeed, the purpose of this diversity plan is to acknowledge differences exist because of this historical and—still today—contemporary truth. It is also meant to serve as an action plan to grow and champion an inclusive environment where people of all cultures, and particularly those of historically excluded, non-dominant backgrounds, are given the opportunity and cultural support to succeed.