Diversity is one of Georgia Tech’s greatest strengths. More than 45 percent of our students are non-white, and Georgia Tech is among the national leaders in the production of women and minority engineering graduates, said Archie Ervin, vice president for Institute Diversity, while explaining the institute’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
Georgia Tech’s commitment to excellence and diversity is woven into the fabric of our strategic vision and mission as a leading technological institution in the 21st century. We believe students should graduate knowing how to learn, live, work and lead in our global and diverse world.
To attain and maintain demographic diversity, we have enhanced some of our longstanding programs and launched several new programs and initiatives.
We started the FOCUS Graduate Recruitment Program in 1992 to increase the number of women and minority students earning graduate degrees. Nearly 200 people participate annually. Since the program’s inception, more than one-third of all GT African-American alumni attended the program as participants. At least six FOCUS alumni have been hired into tenure-track positions at Georgia Tech. And at least a dozen of the FOCUS alumni work in tenure-track positions at other institutions.
Tech also participates in the African-American Male Initiative, a University System of Georgia program that aims to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation of African-American males by offering additional counseling and advising. Students who have participated in our effort, GT PRIME (Providing Resources to Ignite Male Excellence), outperform peers not in the program. More than 150 students have participated in GT PRIME since its inception in 2011.
This year we piloted a program to provide our women staff with the tools and strategies they need to advance in their careers. Results from the pilot are being used to design a permanent program scheduled for launch in fall 2015.
Creating a culture of inclusiveness is a continuous process that must be embedded in the fabric of an institution. It is a strategic choice. If you want to be an excellent institution, you must reflect the talent that the world has to offer. That talent will manifest it in a community where all members feel valued, respected and welcomed.
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