What is the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

Augusta University College of Nursing is committed to providing an excellent learning experience and welcoming environment for all of its students and employees. Led by the College Administration and diversity officer, the College is on an exciting journey to create a climate of success for all CON community members. 

The College of Nursing implemented an aggressive plan with the goals:

  • Build capacity to sustain long-term growth in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Cultivate an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated as a strength of the College.
  • Recruit and retain an academically talented and diverse student body.
  • Recruit and retain a capable and diverse workforce.

A key component of the plan was to establish an advisory committee to guide the College's diversity and inclusion efforts. The first group of advisors, comprised of representatives from the greater Augusta community, University, and College (students, staff and faculty), was convened in February 2014.

Contact Us

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Health Sciences Campus

Jennings Building

ODEI Director

Jessica Dillard-Wright


Administrative Assistant

Teresa Chaney



  • Ms. Mary Jones, Chair
  • Shannon Broxton
  • Jennifer Castleberry
  • Pamela Cook
  • Jennifer Detchemendy
  • Jessica Dillard-Wright
  • Judy Glaser
  • Robin Johns
  • Thomas Joshua
  • Janelle Mangrum
  • Caroline McKinnon
  • Jean Pawl
  • Colleen Walters
  • Cynthea Wilson
  • J. Keith Williams
  • Julie Zadinsky




Diversity Months


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 since 1987.

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 our own.

May: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (APAHM), celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

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.