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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.

People of Impact

Dr. Tran Nguyen

Elinita Pollard and Chandler Borel

After graduating from Augusta University’s Honors Program with a bachelor's in psychological sciences, Elinita Pollard joined Augusta University’s M.S psychology program in the General Experimental track. Previously, she served as the President and Vice President of the Ethnic Minority Pipeline during the years 2019-2021 and was awarded the Kenneth and Mamie Phipps Clark Mentoring Award for the year 2019. Elinita Pollard has been honored with Distinction of Excellence in Research by the Center of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS) of Augusta University. Her research interests lie in the areas of mental health disparities, traumatic brain injury, and substance use and abuse. She continues her research work with Dr. Wilcox and intends to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology in the future.

Chandler Borel is a senior psychology major from Woodstock, Georgia. Chandler transferred to Augusta University during the Fall 2020 semester to learn more about research and have more involvement opportunities. Her current research interests involve the school-to-prison pipeline program, prison sentencing, and inequalities in education. Chandler Borel intends to continue her education and earn a Ph.D. in school psychology.

Both Elinita and Chandler collaborated with Dr. Melanie Wilcox on a Summer Scholars research in 2021. The research was a pilot study to explore the associations between psychological well-being and racist attitudes. They analyzed the relationship between variables such as Colorblind Racial Attitudes, Social Dominance Orientation, and Adverse Childhood Experiences. This study aims to better understand Whiteness, which is a system that socially, economically, and ideologically benefits White European American descendants and disadvantages others (Malay, 2018). Understanding Whiteness could possibly lead to improving health outcomes for White individuals and the prevention of racism.

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


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Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion: See results of 2020 campus climate survey at Augusta University

During fall 2020, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion asked students, faculty and staff to participate in a campus climate survey to learn about their perceptions, beliefs and experiences on campus.

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Student Veterans of America to host disability awareness event Oct. 26

The Augusta University chapter of Student Veterans of America is hosting a seminar at noon Oct. 26 in the ballroom of the Jaguar Student Activities Center.

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‘Stand together against hate’: Augusta University calls for action amid violence against Asian Americans

In response to the mass shooting this week in Atlanta, as well as recent violence across the nation targeting Asian Americans, Dr. Tiffany Townsend, chief diversity officer for Augusta University, shares an important message with the entire university community.

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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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