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Mission of the Office of Inclusive Excellence 

The primary mission of the Office of Inclusive Excellence is to foster an organizational culture in which every person feels valued, respected, safe, and that they have a voice that is heard. 

Fostering a diverse and inclusive Georgia Southern Community 

The goal of diversity is to create and nurture an environment in which all members of the University community are treated equitably, contribute fully to the university’s mission, and embrace and model the university’s values. The Office of Inclusive Excellence collaborates with departments and individuals across our campuses to prioritize initiatives that reflect the diversity goals and academic mission of GS. Additionally, we are available as a source of diversity-related information, resource, and expertise. 

Diversity is the broad range of attributes, experiences, and characteristics (race, gender, cultural heritage, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability, age, national origin, gender identity, etc.) that make us uniquely who we are. At Georgia Southern, inclusion means creating a working and learning environment where each person has the opportunity to participate fully in order to achieve the mission of the University and is valued for their distinctive skills and capabilities. 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we are gathering on the traditional homelands of the Muscogee Creek Nation. These lands were the site of residence, meeting, and exchange of numerous indigenous peoples, including the Yamasee, Yamacraw, Guale, and others. We honor and respect those people and their connection to this land on which we gather to learn, work, and live.

(According to information gathered from New Georgia Encyclopedia and, as recommended by the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity – NCORE)

Labor Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the extensive labor of enslaved people, primarily of African descent. Their exploited labor provided a framework upon which much of this country was built, with little to no recognition. We extend our gratitude for the labor of many Black and Brown people who gave their lives for the benefit of our country. 

Last updated: 4/12/2021