Our Commitment to a Diverse Community

The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts enthusiastically embraces the values set forth in the Georgia Tech strategic plan — a welcoming, inclusive culture; mutual respect among faculty, staff, and students; and celebration of uniqueness in thought, background, perspectives, and intellectual pursuits. These values are inherent in all that we do and are set forth in the principles that guide our work.

  • Our policies and practices will demonstrate respect for all human beings, regardless of how those people may differ.

  • The rights of all people to function with dignity are crucial, whether we are interacting within this vibrant intellectual community or with others across our streets and around the globe.

  • We recognize that engendering a spirit of inclusiveness and respect and creating, thereby, a climate in which we can all thrive requires each of us to be socially conscious and culturally well-informed, and to operate with a keen sense of ethical responsibility.

  • We believe that, when we accept that human excellence has the capacity to emerge from many, many sources, a strong and enabling sense of community can be set in motion, a belief that makes quite real an enabling of our greatest expectations.

At Georgia Tech and in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, we expect high performance and world-class achievements in research, education, and public action, and we believe that with an inclusive culture, these expectations become, not just possible, but predictable and sustainable.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is long-standing as part of our founding principles and Mayor Allen's legacy of social responsibility, social justice, and social courage. To further strengthen the visibility and impact of our commitment, in September 2019 we established a Diversity and Inclusion Council within the College. Participation in the council is open to all faculty, staff, and students in the College. Additionally, school chairs nominate faculty, staff, and students for participation.

The council has created a statement of Faculty-Staff Expectations. The dean's office designates budget to support these expectations.

Questions? Contact carol.colatrella@iac.gatech.edu, professor and associate dean.

Read below about the many champions of diversity within the College and some of the Georgia Tech diversity resources.

 

Diversity News

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Twelve faculty, staff, and students in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts were awardees at the 2020 Georgia Tech Diversity and Inclusion Symposium.

Our Writing and Communications Program housed in LMC and HCI master's student Nandita Gupta were celebrated as 2020 Diversity Champions.