Leadership and credit for this body of work goes to 31 College of Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) members and staff who over three years (2012-2015) were instrumental in discussing, writing, reviewing and supporting the surveys and focus groups of the college’s diversity and inclusion initiative. We were aided in this process by Dr. Janette Hill, College of Education, and her graduate students.
- Alex Anderson
- Maria Bermudez
- Leann Birch
- Swarn Chatterjee
- Connie Crawley
- Ted Futris
- Silvia Giraudo
- Debbie Murray
- Joan Fischer
- Linda Kirk Fox
- Broc Funke
- Jerry Gale
- Joe Goetz
- Velma Zahirovic-Herbert
- Lilia Gomez-Lanier
- Barbara Grossman
- Lee Johnson
- Mary Ann Johnson
- Melissa Kozak
- Melissa Landers-Potts
- Megan Lee
- Denise Lewis
- Sergiy Minko
- Becky Price
- Michael Rupured
- Karen Tinsley
- Rick Lewis
- Teresa Mauldin
- Suraj Sharma
- Sarah Zenti
Oct '13: Conducted First Climate Assessment Survey
To evaluate the climate as it relates to how the college is addressing diversity and inclusion, the college initiated data gathering via a survey to students, staff and faculty in the fall of 2013. A total of 457 responded (73 faculty, 58 staff, 51 graduate students, and 275 undergraduate students).
The survey indicated that diversity was clearly addressed was in relation to how the college serves the public. In other areas the survey indicated that the college is doing in the range of great to somewhat okay to don’t know in addressing diversity in relationship to courses taught/taking, recruitment, mentoring and advising, and policies and procedures. Given the range of responses, it became clear that additional information was needed.
In 2014, the FAC initiated focus groups of students, staff and faculty to gather additional ideas and suggestions for addressing diversity in the college. Dean Fox approached Dr. Janette Hill, College of Education to continue working with the college in gathering feedback via focus groups to develop an action-oriented diversity plan.
In fall 2014, eight focus groups were promoted by the FAC between October 1st and November 19th for college-wide participation: faculty, staff, and students. An additional focus group was held with FACS administrators on December 11th. Follow-up online surveys for interested individuals unable to attend were made available as well (n=27). The focus groups were conducted by Professor Janette Hill, and her doctoral students in the College of Education. Analysis and a final report were prepared by Dr. Hill; Beth Woods; Carol Buller-McGee; Carrie Bishop; Jen McGregor; Supriya Mishra; and Kali Neumann.
The results from the analysis of the survey and focus group data are presented in the Family and Consumer Sciences Diversity Survey and Focus Groups: A Preliminary Report. The results are discussed by participant group in four major areas reflected in the questions:
- Courses, mentoring and advising
- Serving the public
- Policies and procedures.
Information on Focus Groups
* Based on physical observation and/or revealed by the participant during the focus group
The Faculty Advisory Committee reviewed the Family and Consumer Sciences Diversity Survey and Focus Groups: A Preliminary Report prepared by Janette R. Hill et al. (Feb. 3, 2015). With further discussion and brainstorming, four (4) themes originally emerged to develop the action oriented diversity and inclusion plan:
- Recruit and Retain Diverse Faculty, Staff and Students: Raise awareness and effectively support, recruit and retain undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty and staff
- Reward and Recognize Individuals and Processes that Support Diversity and Inclusion: Make policy and structural changes in the college and develop partnerships between the college and other UGA diversity resources
- Community and Educational Outreach: Create training and enhance educational outreach opportunities that reflect the college’s values
- Visibility and Communication of Inclusion: Increase internal and external communications of our commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion
On March 6, 2015, the FAC established an implementation. The recommendations for the college were compiled in a Draft matrix (March 11, 2015) titled Diversity and Inclusion: A FACS Plan for Action based on these 3 Phases to provide a sense of urgency and motivation to begin implementation right away.
- Phase I: Immediate implementation, between April and August 15, 2015, beginning of fall semester
- Phase II: Intermediate, between August 2015 and May 2016, the next academic year
- Phase III: Longer Term, over the next two to three years
On April 3, the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) refined the Draft Plan for presentation and discussion at the FACS College Assembly, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Input was gathered at department meetings and retreats and given to the FAC department representatives by the end of September 2015.
Implementation phases (1-3) are crucial. In addition, I believe the current list has the potential to be edited down to make sure that the college is focused in this process and not trying to do too much with only average results.”
Infusion of Diversity and Inclusion into the Curriculum and Academic Activities ... components of this are included in the four categories, but it may be best placed as its own category, thus elevating its critical importance in terms of the long-term work of diversity and inclusion in the college.
An ad hoc committee of the FAC and college should be put in place to assure implementation of the plan commences and that a dynamic speaker and presentation of the plan will frame our commitment to the Plan. This will occur in January 2016. The final edits were discussed and the Plan was accepted by the Faculty Advisory Committee, October 29, 2015.
Diversity Plan Started, February 2012
The college Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) asked Dr. Michelle Garfield Cook, Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity, to advise our efforts. The FAC committed to assess, review, prioritize and develop strategies to support implementation.
Diversity Statement Adopted, November 2012
FACS Faculty Advisory Committee drafted and voted to adopt the Diversity Statement for the college and develop the Diversity web page.
Diversity Award Established, 2013
The FAC established a new college-wide competitive award for staff or faculty to be nominated the Super-Includer Diversity Award. First awarded in 2013 to Bonnie Bergland, FHCE; 2014 to Bev Hull, FDN; and in 2015 to Bill Flatt, FDN.
Diversity Certificates Earned, 2013
The college promoted FACS participation in the UGA Diversity and Inclusion Certificate program. Our graduates include Carol Laws, Michael McGough, Jennifer Eberhart, Silvia Giraudo, Barbara Grossman, Marilyn Rodrigues, and Sherri Stephens.
Diversity Classes Taught, 2013
In addition to earning Diversity Certificates, our faculty have taught Diversity classes. These instructors include Denise Lewis, Carol Britton Laws, and Tracy Rackensperger.
Conducted Climate Assessment, September 2013
To evaluate the climate as it relates to how the college is addressing diversity and inclusion, the college initiated data gathering via a survey to students, staff and faculty. A total of 457 responded.
Focus Groups Conducted, October 2014
Eight focus groups were promoted by the FAC between October 1st and November 19th for college-wide participation: faculty, staff, and students. An additional focus group was held with FACS administrators on December 11th.
Review + Feedback Gathered, April 2015
The Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) refined the Draft Plan for presentation and discussion at the FACS College Assembly.
Future Recommendations Made, October 2015
An ad hoc committee of the FAC and college should be put in place to assure implementation of the plan commences and that a dynamic speaker and presentation of the plan will frame our commitment to the Plan.