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Committed to increasing inclusive excellence, promoting equity, and cultivating a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff at Augusta University

Working hand-in-hand with university administrative units, academic departments and senior leadership, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) strategically builds, aligns and coordinates diversity, equity and inclusion efforts throughout the university to advance the organizational goals outlined in Beyond Boundaries and to enhance Augusta University’s business operations.

In order to remain a destination of choice in today’s quickly evolving society, Augusta University understands that it must attract and develop talent from a broad array of backgrounds and experiences. Therefore, ODI works to foster an environment that celebrates diversity and inclusion equitable access to opportunity. We also promote cultural humility/responsiveness in which all backgrounds and cultures are valued. In addition, we emphasize respect, trust and empowerment, achieved through transparency, open communication, and the development of collaborative working relationships that extend beyond the campus to the surrounding communities that Augusta University serves.

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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Health Sciences Campus

G. Lombard Kelly Building





A Message From Our Office

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work is a lifelong process. Doing this work is an investment in yourself and in your community.

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Campus and Community Partners


Discover our diversity offices and more.

DEI Small Grants


Learn more about our grant opportunities.

Washington Initiative


Enjoy our commemorative event with the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History.

DEI Trainings


Coming Soon: Diversity, Equity and Inclusive training course offerings.

Black Faculty and Staff Association


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Learn about upcoming events and what’s happening with diversity, equity and inclusion around campus.


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Provost to join upcoming campus listening sessions

Dr. Neil MacKinnon, Augusta University's new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, is joining the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's faculty and staff listening sessions.

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Faculty Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion staff to host virtual panel discussion series

Register for Augusta University's upcoming virtual panel discussions on inclusive learning environments.

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New task force will celebrate the diverse story of Augusta University

"I am eager to have the opportunity to identify new communication strategies, tangible markers and unifying celebrations to acknowledge Augusta University heroes from diverse backgrounds," Keel said.

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Listen: Find Black History Month events and more on ‘In the Wild’ podcast

This week on "In The Wild," Raysean Ricks and Kiara Heffner highlight Black History Month events, AU’s first virtual Jaguar Job Fair and much more.

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Person of Impact

This month we are celebrating Black History month by highlighting the life and accomplishments of several history makers and trailblazers. Some are names that you know very well and others may be unsung but all are significant.

The goal of the feature is to raise awareness of the important work that has taken place in American history and throughout the world. Today’s Black History spotlight focuses on….

Sylvia Grant, voted the Augusta College Miss Christmas Belle in 1969.

Sylvia Grant

The first African-American, Bell Ringer Beauty at Augusta College.

Sylvia Grant, an African-American student from Jacksonville, Florida, was chosen as the first African-American, Augusta College Bell Ringer Beauty in 1968. Grant was also voted the Augusta College Miss Christmas Belle in 1969. She was a beautiful lady who won by a phenomenal number. Even though the number of African-Americans students on campus at that time was not very large their impact was quite large.