Welcome to the Office of Inclusive Excellence!
“Complex issues of diversity, equity and inclusion require commitment to continuous learning, personal vulnerability and introspection, openness to others, and dedication to thinking about our work purposefully.”— Dr. TaJuan Wilson, Inclusive Excellence Action Plan 2020-2024
Message from the AVP Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer
Welcome to the Office of Inclusive Excellence website! We hope that you not only explore the site, but that you interact with us in person.
The Office of Inclusive Excellence strives for transparency and to create an institutional culture where diversity, equity, and inclusion are ingrained in the very fabric of everything we do in order to achieve Inclusive Excellence. The responsibility to cultivate this environment belongs to every member of our learning community.
By working with the campus community, the Office of Inclusive Excellence seeks to develop a climate that empowers all members- one that fosters collaboration and initiates practices and policies that affect positive institutional change. With renewed energy and strategic focus, Georgia Southern University students, faculty, and staff can serve as a model for infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion into areas as varied as student success, research, pipeline programming, recruitment, retention, employment practices, and training- all while contributing to our larger society, so that we may each be global citizens.
For new students, faculty, staff, and community members- we look forward to getting to know you, whether it’s by engaging in the process of developing our institutional equity plan, via new collaborative partnerships, by participating in our education and training sessions, through committee service, engaging in pipeline programs, or simply by enjoying our events. For returning Georgia Southern University community members, we are excited to reconnect with you as we continue to enhance our collective Inclusive Excellence efforts.
The work ahead of us must be authentic and intentional in order to successfully foster and maintain a learning and working environment where we all feel a sense of belonging- regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, country of origin, religion, veteran status, or any group with which you identify. If we continue to work in collaboration via respectful dialogue, active listening, and continual learning- together, we will achieve the transformative success in our campus culture we desire.
Please feel free to reach out to us and engage in the programs, services, and activities provided by our Office.
I invite you to join us on this journey, and I welcome your feedback and suggestions as we engage in this exciting work.
Yours in Service,
Dr. TaJuan R. Wilson
Associate Vice President, Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer