Eighth Annual Diversity Symposium

Friday, September 16, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech Global Learning Center and Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center


This year marks the 60th anniversary of the graduation of Georgia Tech’s first two female graduates, Diane Michel and Shirley Clements Mewborn. In celebration of Tech’s first female graduates, the Eighth Annual Diversity Symposium theme is “Celebrating Women at Georgia Tech.”

The Eighth Annual Diversity Symposium provides a forum for robust, informed discussions among faculty, staff, and students on issues relating to building and sustaining an inclusive campus community. This year, the event features a variety of lectures, panels, and workshops focusing on how the Georgia Tech community can support our vision for inclusive excellence.

During the Diversity Symposium, we hear from diverse perspectives that are committed to making Georgia Tech one of the most highly respected technological research universities and a campus with an increasingly inclusive environment. The morning sessions will cover why diversity matters; updates from President Peterson's listening sessions on gender equity; and perspectives on gender equity and inclusion at Georgia Tech and in the industry. The Diversity Symposium Awards Luncheon will feature Gender Equity Champion Awards and Faces of Inclusive Excellence presentations followed by a keynote address from Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences.

On behalf of the Office of the President and Institute Diversity, we invite all members of our campus community to participate and contribute to the Diversity Symposium discussions as we work together to build “One Georgia Tech,” which values and respects every idea and contribution.

  • To create a campus climate and culture where diversity is valued and embraced.
  • To increase senior-level leadership engagement with faculty, staff, and students about the importance of diversity to our future aspirations.
  • To provide a forum for creative exchange among institutional leadership, faculty, staff, students, and diversity experts as a way to open the lines of continued conversation.
  • G.P. “Bud” Peterson, President, Georgia Tech
  • Archie Ervin, Vice President of Institute Diversity, Georgia Tech
  • Diversity Symposium Committee


To view the full program schedule, click here.

Event Photos

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