Diversity at Tech
Diversity at Tech

Achieving Inclusive Excellence

We aspire to be an Institute that pursues excellence and embraces and leverages diversity in all of its forms. “In the years ahead, we must continue to enhance a culture of collegiality, close collaboration, global perspective, intercultural sensitivity and respect and thoughtful interaction among a community of scholars that includes all of our students, faculty, and staff.”

—Georgia Tech Strategic Plan

The Office of the Vice President Institute Diversity (VPID) provides Institute leadership to establish priorities, policies, and programs that support our mission as a leading technological university in the 21st century.

The VPID works with the executive leadership team of the Institute to ensure that we recruit, develop, retain and engage a diverse cadre of students, faculty, and staff with a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, interest and talents who will contribute to our mission and vision.

The VPID also works with campus leaders to ensure that our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are embedded in equal opportunity and non-discrimination practices. A strong partnership with the Offices of Human Resources, Legal Affairs, and the Division of Student Affairs ensures our compliance with all federal and state laws regarding Equal Opportunity, Title IX, and The Americans with Disabilities Act.

The VPID Office oversees the six Georgia Tech ADVANCE Professorships, which work to enhance gender diversity in the faculty, and The Center for Women, Science, and Technology (WST), co-directed by three faculty members. WST links the study of science and technology to those of gender, culture, and society, connecting faculty and students in research partnerships. The VPID Office is also addressing issues of student diversity and inclusion. Currently, two units, OMED Education Services and the Office of Hispanic Initiatives, address academic transitions and success, (retention and graduation), for women and historically underserved and underrepresented populations.

Georgia Tech’s global and diverse community is a microcosm of the city of Atlanta, a thriving metropolis with more than five million residents. Serving as the headquarters for ten Fortune 500 companies, Atlanta is a modern, international city full of opportunity. People from all over the world are proud to call Atlanta, and Georgia Tech, home.

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2014 Diversity Symposium and Champion Awards

On Friday, September 5, 2014 the Office of Institute Diversity hosted the Sixth Annual Diversity Symposium.

This year’s program included a presentation and discussion on the results of the GT Climate Assessment Survey, a town hall style discussion called the  “Voices of Georgia Tech” focused on diversity, and inclusion at GT and concluded with the Diversity Symposium Awards Luncheon which features Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President of Morehouse College of Medicine, as the keynote speaker.

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In Review:

Junot Diaz visits Georgia Tech 

Dominican-American and Pulitzer Prize winning writer Junot Díaz visited the GT's campus on, April 17th, 2014. Many joined for a book reading of his most famous works and engaged in a Q & A with the author. This event was followed by a book signing session and a Public Lecture in the evening.

Díaz's lecture focused on Education and Immigration in the U.S. The author also addressed topics regarding immigration and education and the role of public policy and activism in the improvement of Latino and immigrant communities in the United States.

This event was open to all GT students, faculty and staff.


Georgia Tech Welcomed Melissa Harris-Perry

Dr. Harris-Perry discussed education and social change at Georgia Tech.



The 3rd Annual Georgia Tech Martin Luther King Jr. Institute Lecture was held on January 15, 2014 

The Office of Institute Diversity opened the 2014 Georgia Tech Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with a keynote address from his Excellency, Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana. Ambassador Gasana is a Rwandan diplomat and is the current Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations in New York City.

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2013 MLK Institute Lecture

The Office of Institute Diversity would like to share the video vignette our colleagues in Institute Communications produced from our 2013 MLK Institute Lecture.

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Additional Resources

The Georgia Tech Climate Assessment Survey report was prepared by the Office of Assessment in collaboration with Dr. Archie W. Ervin, Vice President for Institute Diversity, and Dr. Julie Ancis, Associate Vice President for Institute Diversity. Please use the link below (secured by your email login address) to access and download your copy of the report:

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View the Georgia Tech Diversity Brochure for an overview of how our diverse faculty, staff and students create a community of great minds and an Institute that defines the technological research University of the 21st century.