2011-2016 Diversity Strategic Plan

GSU Diversity Strategic Plan Framework
Download the Diversy Strategic Plan 

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To the GSU Community:

Thank you for your comments and suggestions during the GSU Diversity Strategic Planning process. Your contribution was extremely important as we developed the Plan. The GSU Diversity Strategic Planning Committee updated the Plan based on many of your comments and suggestions. We heard you and acted. The Final Draft was overwhelmingly voted out of the Diversity Strategic Planning Committee, revised by the University Senate’s Planning and Development (P&D) Ad Hoc committee on Diversity Strategic Planning and unanimously passed by the University Senate on October 27, 2011.

Please take time to thank the following people for their service to GSU as members of the Diversity Strategic Planning Committee:

  • Linda J. Nelson, Chair, Assistant Vice President, Opportunity Development/Diversity Education Planning (ODDEP)
  • Elizabeth Beck, Associate Professor, Social Work and University Senate Executive Committee
  • Gwendolyn Benson, Associate Dean College of Education
  • Linda Bryant, Director of Organizational and Staff Development, HR
  • Kevin Chappell, Training Specialist, Facilities Management & Staff Council Representative
  • John Day, Director of Diversity Education Planning, ODDEP
  • Irene Duhaime, Associate Dean College of Business
  • Chaneta Forts, AA/EEO Specialist II, ODDEP
  • Christine Gallant, Professor of English, Chair-Senate Cultural Diversity Committee
  • Nia Haydel, Academic Professional, Office of Undergraduate Studies
  • John Hicks, Associate Provost, Ex-Officio, Associate Provost International Affairs
  • Rodney Pennamon, Director of Student Disability Services
  • Cora Presley, Associate Professor, African American Studies and Senior Faculty Associate for Underrepresented Faculty
  • Matthew Robison, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Tanya Washington, Associate Professor, College of Law
  • Colton Brown, GSU Student, Inceptor, Intercultural Ambassador
  • Tosin Akande, GSU Student, Inceptor

Again, thank you for your input, feedback, and continuous support. We will keep you posted as we move forward with implementing the Plan.


Linda J. Nelson

Chief Diversity Officer & Assistant Vice President for
Opportunity Development and Diversity Education Planning/Human Resources

Georgia State University’s Diversity Strategic Plan sets forth a course of action that advances the University into the ranks of great public research universities. This requires bold and innovative thinking that utilizes our diversity. We must become leaders in leveraging every aspect of campus diversity among our constituent groups: students, faculty and staff.