Multicultural Student Engagement
Established in 2018, The Department of Multicultural Student Engagement (MSE) aims to provide education, training, and programming to foster awareness of diversity
and inclusion among Augusta University students. The office collaborates with departments
and colleges across campus to educate AU students on the importance of our diverse
academic and social environment.
February: Black History Month
Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration
of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of
African Americans in U.S. history.
March: Women's History Month
Women's History Month is a celebration of women's contributions to history, culture
and society. The United States has observed it annually throughout the month of March
April: Diversity Awareness Month
Diversity Awareness Month is a celebration of the unique and varied cultures and perspectives
that make up Augusta University. Recognitions such as heritage celebrations and awareness
weeks encourage the exploration of cultures and perspectives that may differ from
May: Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month
May is Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) heritage month, celebrating the
achievements and contributions of APIDA Americans in the United States. Because May
falls after the academic year, we host our programming in April.
September 15 - October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories,
cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico,
the Caribbean and Central and South America.
October: LGBTQ History Month
The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history
at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. LGBT History Month provides
role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement about our extraordinary
national and international contributions.
Safe Zone programs are part of a national initiative dedicated to training faculty,
staff, students and support services at colleges and universities in an effort to
create safe and inclusive environments for individuals of all sexual and gender identities.
Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship
The primary goal of the fellowship is to familiarize fellows with a variety of issues
concerning diversity and inclusion.
Topics covered in this fellowship will include: differences of race, age, ethnicity,
sexual orientation, physical/cognitive abilities, socioeconomic status, nationality,
and gender, to name a few.
Augusta University wins HEED awards
Congratulations to Augusta University, winner of the 2017 Higher Education Excellence
in Diversity (HEED) Award and the 2017 Health Professions HEED Award. The HEED Award
recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to
diversity and inclusion.
In 2012, when Shareen Clement was an undergraduate at Georgia Southern University, her father died of liver cancer at 47 before he could receive his doctorate degree in education. Over the past few years, Clement has worked tirelessly to receive her doctorate degree from Augusta University to honor her father's legacy and his love of education.
“I think it’s very empowering for everybody — empowering for our students that realize they can really impact young lives in a way they might not learn until later in their careers,” said Laura Williamson, PhD.
Augusta University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and departments across campus will host a variety of in-person and virtual events in honor of Women’s History Month in March.
“After I graduated, when we started having more African American cadets in and playing football, I realized that wow, maybe there was some significance to it," said retired Col. Gary Steele.