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This Land before Georgia Tech: Exploration of Indigenous Histories and Knowledge

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 | 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Georgia Tech Global Learning Center | Room 236

Georgia is a state that has profoundly benefitted from the contributions of indigenous peoples throughout history. This symposium, spanning multiple enlightening sessions, will bring together leaders, scholars, and activists who will delve into the depths of indigenous knowledge systems and engage in thought-provoking discussions on issues that impact the communities.

Morning Sessions

9:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

10:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

10:20 a.m.  Keynote

Reclaiming Athens’ Indigenous Past & Present: Consultation & Collaboration

11:10 a.m.


11:25 a.m.  Session A

Panel Discussion - Reclamation of Gender Variance: Finding Power and Progress in Cyclical Political Climates

12:15 p.m.


Afternoon Sessions

1:00 p.m.

Diversity Champion Awards

1:35 p.m. Session B

Panel Discussion - Reclaiming Native American Places in Public Spaces 

2:25 p.m.


2:40 p.m.  Session C

Remarks & Discussion - Empathy & Cultural Competency: Building an Intertribal Community in an Academic Environment

3:30 p.m.  Session D

Student Pop-up Exhibit - Etowah: Legacy of the Mounds

4:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

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Special Thanks to the Diversity Symposium Planning Committee


Archie Ervin, Ph.D., Vice President, Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Carol Colatrella, Ph.D., Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication; Co-Director, Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology



William Britto, Assistant Director, LGBTQIA Resource Center

Jie Cao, Marketing & Event Manager, Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Carla Gerona, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of History and Sociology

Amy Bass Henry, Executive Director, Office of International Education

Diley Hernández, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Shamecia Powers, Assistant Director, Administrative Operations, Office of International Education

Stephanie Ray, Associate Dean of Students; Director, Student Diversity Programs

Shamika Simmons, Program Support Coordinator, Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

John Stein, Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Well-Being, and Brandt-Fritz Dean of Students Chair

Ashlee Toomey-Flinn, Director, On-Campus Internationalization, Office of International Education

Ian Webb, Director of Communications, Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion