News from the Office of Institutional Diversity at the University of Georgia
Volume 22 • No. 2 • Spring 2023
During the height of the pandemic, there were many things that we missed. There were big events such as graduations, weddings, celebrations and vacations. There were also the small things such as meeting friends to hang out, going to the movies, sitting in a café to relax, and a thousand other human interactions that we so often take for granted. Amid our solitude, we also had less opportunities to help others. Again, we missed the small chances to hold a door open for someone, retrieve a dropped item, grab something off the top shelf, to simply help a stranger. Intentional and larger community service engagement also suffered as we didn’t leave home and weren’t volunteering at schools, hospitals and shelters like we were before. But now we are here, back to some degree of normalcy, even if it is a new normal. We must remember how rewarding it is when we are helping others.
Freedom Breakfast speakers, award recipients help community grow
The 2023 President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award recipients include, from left, Jaquarius Raglin, Laura Whitaker and Jason Edwards.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast, held annually since 2007, honors the legacy of the late civil rights leader and recognizes students, faculty, staff and local community members dedicated to contributing to race relations, justice and human rights with the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award. Arthur Tripp, state executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in Georgia, gave the keynote address and spoke about the importance of growth. MORE
Student among first recipients of LAF Ignite scholarship
Ezra Lewis of Atlanta, a second-year Honors undergraduate at UGA, was one of four students selected for the inaugural cohort of the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Ignite programs. LAF Ignite is a multi-year, nationwide program for landscape architecture students who are Black, Indigenous and people of color. MORE
Johnson-Bailey receives inaugural Centennial Professorship
UGA professor Juanita Johnson-Bailey was named as the first recipient of the Centennial Professorship, a $250,000 endowed professorship for a women’s studies faculty member in recognition of the centennial anniversary of women’s studies. MORE
Monica Pearson celebrates those who make headlines
Pearson was the first woman and first minority to anchor the daily evening news in Atlanta for WSB-TV, and she honored her friend by delivering the 23rd annual Mary Frances Early Lecture on Feb. 7. This year marks the 61st anniversary of Early’s graduation as the first African American to earn a graduate degree from UGA. MORE
UGA achieves record-breaking completion rates
Completion rates at UGA have reached record highs as faculty hiring initiatives, well-being and mental health resources and need-based scholarships and student emergency funds provide students with support to help them succeed. Over 75% of UGA freshmen graduate in four years. MORE
Dunn, Thomas named 2023 Footsteps Award recipients
Richard Dunn and Xernona Thomas are the recipients of the 2023 Footsteps Award.
The University of Georgia has named Richard Dunn and Xernona Thomas as the recipients of the 2023 Footsteps Award. The annual award, given this year on the 62nd anniversary of desegregation at UGA, recognizes UGA graduates who are following in the pioneering footsteps of the university’s first African American students. MORE
UGA TRIO programs receive more than $4 million to support students
The McNair Scholars attended the UMBC annual McNair Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
The University of Georgia received three federal grants totaling more than $850,000 for a five-year period totaling $4.25 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the continuation of the TRIO Upward Bound Classic, TRIO Upward Bound Math & Science and TRIO McNair Scholars Program. MORE
UGA senior Norman’s goal was to leave her footprint on campus in the arena of technology and innovation. She’s accomplished exactly that with her involvement with ACM-W Girls.code() and UGA Hacks. MORE
As a graduate assistant for retention and diversity initiatives in the Graduate School, Raglin’s goal is to ensure the success and well-being of fellow graduate students while they’re at the university. MORE
Yun builds bridges between Athens and Korea as program director and coordinator of the UGA Korea Program, which provides customized training programs for government officials and scholars visiting from Korea. MORE
McWhorter began working for the UGA Facilities Management Division in 1970, and her goal was to work at UGA for 50 years. She’s met that goal and has enjoyed seeing how the campus has transformed through the years. MORE
An associate professor of piano in UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Stepanova is making waves with bold international performances that combine her love of history, her commitment to retrieving untold stories and her belief in music’s power to address the present moment. MORE
Growing up helping on his family’s cow-calf operation in Brazil, Fontes enjoyed being on the farm and working with cattle from a young age. With dual roles in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Cooperative Extension, he engages with stakeholders and producers, as well as his students, to improve cattle production in Georgia. MORE
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