Faculty and staff from across campus filled the Georgia Museum of Art on Sept. 20 for the university’s fall 2022 Multicultural Faculty and Staff Reception. The event offered a space for underrepresented faculty, staff, and administrators to gather and celebrate the new year, together.
“This reception plays a key role in our efforts to retain and build community among faculty and staff,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “I want to thank you for what you mean to the university community and each and every one of your units.”
Attendees were greeted by Morehead and Michelle Cook, senior vice provost for diversity and inclusion and strategic university initiatives.
“Once again, we gather to celebrate the diversity of our community and affirm our ongoing commitment to making our beloved university more inclusive and welcoming for all,” said Cook. “Being here this afternoon, you signal your personal commitment to our shared values of diversity and inclusion. You affirm that we have much to celebrate, but also much to do. You stand with us in saying that UGA is your university.”
Morehead pointed out the renewal of the ALL Georgia Program for another six years and the Georgia Possible Program. Additionally, he spoke about a pilot program in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences that brought students from Fort Valley State University interested in attending graduate school to UGA this summer for a nine-week residential program.
“This is the kind of work that needs to be done throughout the institution, and all of you play a key role in making sure that happens,” he said.