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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, acheived through transparency, open communication, and the development of collaborative working relationships that extend beyond the campus to the surrounding communities that Augusta University serves.

Contact Us

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Health Sciences Campus

G. Lombard Kelly Building

AA-172

706-721-9265

706-446-0276

ODI@augusta.edu

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.


Quick Links


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

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusive training course offerings.

Black Faculty and Staff Association

 

Help us with our commitment to inclusivity. Join BFSA today! 

Resources

 

Enlighten, listen, read and grow. Remember we're all in this together

 

 

Stay Connected

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

 

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Diversity climate study open to all staff, faculty and students through Nov. 3

The survey results will be used to identify strengths and opportunities related to diversity, equity and inclusion for the entire campus community.

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2020 Employee Engagement Survey draws notable response

Response rate jumps by 16% since 2017 engagement survey.

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Dr. Tiffany Townsend: Chasing Impact

Dr. Tiffany Townsend has made a career out of turning action into results.

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Office of Diversity and Inclusion finishes summer with first scholar cohort

Augusta University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion offered several new programs this year to advance diversity, equity and inclusion across the AU community.

 
 

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Each month, ODI features a notable faculty, staff, student, alumnus or community member whose work has made a significant impact in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at Augusta University, its surrounding community, or throughout society.

The goal of the feature is to raise awareness of the important work that is taking place in our community and to encourage a culture shift in which everyone begins to appreciate that the advancement of equity benefits us all.

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Michele Reed

Title IX Coordinator

With a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in college counseling, and a doctorate in higher education leadership, Michele Reed has successfully completed twenty-five years working in the field of higher education. As a passionate leader, she has served as a Title IX Coordinator, AVP of Student Services, Student Conduct Coordinator, Disability Support Coordinator and Assistant Director for Student Services to name a few of the many leadership roles. As a leader, Michele has been positioned to impact policy improvements for systematic change related to Title IX, student conduct and crisis response. Michele’s years of experience preventing and responding to incidents within higher education and specific to student conduct, sexual violence and interpersonal violence have taught her the importance of prevention education efforts, training related to inclusion, diversity and being trauma informed.