Georgia State University is home to multiple department, college, university, and community-facing equity and anti-racism initiatives. See below for a partial list of our efforts. Click on the links to learn more.
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- We created a departmental Mental Health Task Force to establish best practices in supporting students who struggle with mental health issues, especially in the context of the pandemic. These practices will be implemented within the Department of Anthropology, but we plan ultimately to share that work to provide best practices models available to other departments.
- We issued a statement in response to police killings of Black Americans and in support of Black Lives Matter over the summer (including expression of support for amplification of the voices of colleagues and students of color in/beyond the university, attention to issues of equity and representation in our courses, etc.; available on request).
- Faculty have included new statements on diversity and inclusion in their syllabi.
- The Chair issued a welcome statement to all students and faculty at the start of the term (available on request).
- We regularly feature alumni and student accomplishments on our Facebook page (and with less frequent updates, our website), being mindful to provide a diverse representation of our alumni (examples available on request).
- We have secured a College to Career Departmental Incentive Grant, and with its support we will invite both alumni and potential employers to participate to CTC events in spring 2020, including a series of virtual career fairs. We will be inviting alumni to speak who can provide perspectives to our current students that supplement what our faculty can provide in terms of career mentorship. For example, while we do not have faculty who can speak in a personal way to how Black, Asian-American, or Latinx identity might impact the experience of working in global or public health, we have over a dozen alumni who can speak directly to those experiences; many of these alumni already provide regular mentorship for our current students.
- We plan to build our Career Explorer page to highlight alumni accomplishments in ways that foreground principles of equity and engagement.
- In our Senior Seminar and graduate Professionalization Seminar, we highlight the accomplishments and career trajectories of our alumni of diverse identities and backgrounds through invited guest lectures. During these lectures, we ask speakers to not only give career advice to students but also to discuss how their own racial, ethnic, or gender identities; socioeconomic backgrounds; and other aspects of their identities (for example, as caretakers or children or other family member or as individuals with disabilities or other health-related conditions) have impacted their academic and career paths.
- We created a departmental statement on professional conduct and included it in our graduate student manual a couple of years ago.
- Drafted the following statement, “CMII commits to build an academic environment where innovation drives content, facilitating new and diverse forms of expression and community. We will create more inclusive curricula, and organize industry partnerships and Institute programs that reflect and shape diversity in the creative industries. We pledge that CMII will be a safe space where students feel free to have courageous conversations and where their concerns shape our activities. Anti-racism work must be a central element of the Institute’s mission and strategic plan, and will be tracked and reported to insure accountability for ourselves and the university community.”
Mission: This committee will offer resources and recommendations pertaining to best practices of ensuring that our courses and corresponding syllabi, assessments, assignments, and other associated content reflect inclusivity and a commitment to just and equitable pedagogy and practices.
- Create a dynamic website to house resources, links, and contact info accessible to faculty, staff, and students
- Create a social media presence for broader dissemination of resources
- Create and/or Promote events relevant to JEEP’s mission (beyond Black history month, LatinX history month and Women’s history month, etc)
Launch: Spring Semester, 2021.
Podcast: Fall 2021 to broadcast conversations and events relevant to JEEP’s mission.
- The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) committee created a curated list of readings, videos, and other resources as a first step toward developing awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues particularly as they apply to Geosciences. These resources are included in an iCollege course. Faculty are asked to read/watch at least five of the listed items by the end of the fall semester and post a short comment or reaction to what they read/watched in the Discussion Board on the site. The plan is to catalyze a conversation on which to follow up t a future departmental retreat.
- Developed new Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
- Draft Mission (as of 10/6/20) o The mission of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University is to welcome individuals from all backgrounds into the neuroscience community and to enhance our productivity and success by promoting equity and inclusion. Our current goals are to make our neuroscience programs more welcoming, listen to our community members, and foster interactions with scientists from diverse backgrounds within and beyond Georgia State.
- Summary of Committee Engagement (as of 10/6/20) o Comment on support for Black members of the neuroscience community, along with others from under-represented or marginalized groups, prepared by faculty and sent by NI Director (Nancy Forger), prior to establishment of the committee. Similar letter sent to undergraduate majors by Undergraduate Program Director and Coordinator (Joe Normandin and Lisa Shepard), also prior to establishment of the committee.
- Survey available and monitored by the Listening Subcommittee (see below) for confidential submission of DEI concerns in the NI.
- Town Hall Hosted September 11 to gauge issues and celebrate successes in the neuroscience community at GSU.
- Interface with organizers of guest speaker events to help diversify the backgrounds of the invited guests. o Welcome events and outreach to new undergraduate majors.
- Developed new committee to look at diversity and equity issues.
- The Diversity Committee is engaged in a number of efforts including the following:.
- Monthly faculty facilitated reading groups using the Building Anti-Racist White Educators (BARWE; https://www.barwe215.org/) procedures and curricula
- Drafting a departmental statement of our commitment to diversity and social justice o Developing a departmental repository of diversity-related initiatives that will be updated regularly and open to all graduate students and faculty to search or share
- Faculty completed an evidence-based workshop on mentoring with a focus on working with underrepresented minority students
- Developing relationships with HBCUs
- Annual faculty teaching diversity award
- Annual undergraduate diversity research award
- Develop scholar award with a focus on contributing to the mission of addressing issues of racial injustice
- Added to course syllabi, “Respect & Civility. Faculty and students in Religious Studies courses commit to supporting diversity and inclusion. We strive to construct a safe and inclusive environment by respecting each other’s dignity and privacy. We honor each class member’s experiences, beliefs, perspectives, and backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, language, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identification, ability status, socio-economic status, national identity, or any other identity markers.
- Department Statement