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We are committed to welcoming every member of the Ƶ community and creating a culture that embodies diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. At Ƶ, we acknowledge and respect the intersections of identity and lived experiences of faculty, staff, students, and alumni regardless of race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ability, neurodivergence, military experience, culture and other important identities. You have a home at Ƶ!

We embrace compassion and take the time to understand each other because we know our differences make us stronger. We want our students to be local and global leaders who create positive change and engage in global opportunities. Ƶ’s strategic plan strengthens our current efforts of fostering inclusion and belonging and sets the stage to create an even more uplifting environment for all students, staff, and faculty by: 

  • Providing meaningful intercultural experiences for all members of the Ƶ community, expanding knowledge and skill 
  • Committing to understanding and meeting the needs of a diverse student population in a changing world
  • Developing and enhancing our commitment to serving students across the globe
  • Nurturing an ethos of belonging for all in the Ƶ community

We continuously assess our campus climate to ensure the effectiveness of our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives.

Faculty, staff, students and alumni strive to build traditions that highlight our diversity such as:

  • Nyansapo Kente Stole ceremony
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation 
  • Annual International Week 
  • Lunar New Year celebration
  • Hispanic Heritage Month events 
  • Juneteenth commemorations
  • Panamanian Cultural Day
  • Own Your Crown festival

Several campus organizations highlight the different voices of our community

  • Black Faculty and Staff Association
  • DREAM (Disability Rights, Education, Activism & Mentoring)
  • Black Student Association
  • International Club
  • Student Veterans Association

Leadership

Ƶ’s executive director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives Margie Gill is a 2010 graduate of Ƶ’s Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology program. Gill earned her Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia. While attending UGA, she also earned a certification in diversity, equity and inclusion. Gill conducts workshops, training and presentations to increase awareness of mental health, human trafficking, diversity, equity and inclusion. Internationally, she assists in developing schools in countries in Latin America and Africa and was appointed by the Minister of Education of Rwanda as one of the main researchers to explore factors that impact educational achievement for the country.

Dr. Margie Gill
“Ƶ strives to create an inclusive campus by having continuous conversations that unite the students, staff, faculty, alumni and community. We’ve made a commitment to acknowledge, respect and value diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in learning, living, working and serving others throughout the university. We want everyone to feel and know they are welcomed.”

Contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at diversity@brenau.edu.