SGA meeting discusses diversity, inclusion and new university organizations

Ashton Christianson

Diversity, inclusion and new university organizations were topics of discussion at the Student Government Association meeting Wednesday night.

At the meeting President Jaimie Hebert and Maxine Bryant, director of the Office Diversity and Faculty discussed how Georgia Southern University plans to handle diversity and inclusion post-consolidation.

President Hebert spoke about how the President Cabinet meets rotating weekends at each campus to discuss how to move the university in a positive direction with diversity and inclusion.

Hebert spoke about four main points that the cabinet and the University will focus on:

  • To serve the students and promote success
  • Communication
  • Morale of students
  • Staff for college culture

Three new organizations were introduced at last night’s meeting to enhance diversity and campus communication.

Office of Diversity and Faculty

Bryant will be the director of the new Office of Diversity.

While the office will work toward improving the university’s diversity, Bryant said it will not replace the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

President Diversity Advisory Council

Another new organization discussed was a President Diversity Advisory Council the council will include facility and students from each consolidated campus under GS.

Bryant said they want the program to be as diverse as possible with different ethnicities and include the LGBTQ community.

Students currently involved in the council are from the SGA but the committees plans to give GS students outside of SGA the opportunity to be apart of the committees.

Bias Incident Report Team

The final organization discussed was a new Bias Incident Report Team which will work toward making incident report communication more efficient for faculty, staff and students.

Discussions about the report team will begin in First Year Experience classes.

Bryant said the university ethics hotline is still in place and that university wants to give the community as many means of communication as possible.

Bryant said she would like to start up programs such as community discussions at dorms and educational workshops to help with more open comfortable discussions.

The next SGA meeting will be on Wednesday Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Russell Union Ballroom.