The College of Family and Consumer Sciences will host a series of focus groups for both undergraduate and graduate students designed to gather input for an action-oriented diversity plan.
The effort is led by the college’s Faculty Advisory Committee, and students, faculty and staff from all departments and programs are encouraged to attend.
“We are seeking their assistance in providing specific recommendations for actions to put into place,” FACS dean Linda Kirk Fox said.
The first session for undergraduates will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. in room 312 of Dawson Hall. Each session will last about 45 minutes. A full schedule is listed below. Undergraduates and graduate students can also find a schedule here.
FACS is committed to a climate of collaboration, respect and understanding for all, Fox said. Diversity is defined very broadly in the college as indicated in the college’s diversity statement:
“Diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. The term ‘diversity’ encompasses differences of culture, background and experience among individuals and groups. Such differences include, but are not limited to, differences of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and abilities, as well as political and religious affiliation and socioeconomic status. The College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia embraces a commitment to diversity by modeling for the state and nation, a community of individuals and programs which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, and discrimination and build a supportive environment for all.”
Dr. Janette Hill, a professor in the College of Education, and her doctoral students will conduct the sessions and assist with data gathering and analysis.
Refreshments will be provided and there is no cost to attend. Participants’ names will be entered into a drawing to win a gift card at the UGA bookstore.
Oct. 1: Undergraduates, room 312, 3-4 p.m.
Oct. 8: Graduate students, room 216, 3-4 p.m.
Oct. 15: Faculty, room 216, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Oct. 22: Staff, room 216, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Oct. 29: Graduate students, room 216, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Nov. 5: Undergraduates, room 310, 11 a.m.-Noon
Nov. 12: Faculty, room 310, 11 a.m.-Noon
Nov. 19: Staff, room 216, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
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