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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In alignment with, and in support of, Georgia Tech’s and Scheller’s strategic plans ILSI is providing leadership by engaging in actions that mobilize the DEI strategies and promotes the culture change required for moving forward an Equity Blueprint at Tech. 

We believe that we cannot create meaningful and sustainable social impact without having DE&I at the core of our practices and programming.

In addition to continuing to focus our programming on social and racial justice topics - as we have done for several years in the past - we also aim to act as connectors and amplifiers by featuring and supporting our partners’ programs and resources. We invite campus and community partners to share their initiatives and consider collaborative opportunities for strengthening this work at Tech and beyond.

We seek to support both the research and the practice of thought leadership needed for a meaningful culture change resulting in an inclusive and equitable society – starting with our campus at Georgia Tech.

ILSI Programs

Impact Speaker Series 

Impact talks are meaningful conversations focused on racial and social justice and DE&I with leaders from the corporate and the social sector. 

Excel Alumni Program (Coming Soon)

Excel Program

Excel was founded with the goal of providing students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) an equitable avenue to higher education and to advocate for the inclusion of people with IDD in the workforce. While Excel is now under the auspices of CEISMC, ILSI continues to be at the forefront of advocating for inclusive education at Georgia Tech. 

Partner Resources

 ADVANCE Program

Advocate. Advise. Educate. Empower.

Supported by the Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office, Georgia Tech’s ADVANCE Program builds and sustains an inter-college network of professors who are world-class researchers and role models to support the community and advancement of women and minorities in academia by:

  • Advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Advising campus leadership on policy and structure.
  • Increasing awareness and reducing the impact of implicit bias.
  • Making data-driven recommendations for faculty retention, advancement, and satisfaction.

The goal is to develop systemic and institutional approaches that increase the representation, full participation, and advancement of women and minorities in academic STEM careers—thus contributing to a more diverse workforce, locally and nationally. Terry Blum acts as the co-leader of the Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program.

"Being a Diversity and Inclusion fellow is a great opportunity to work within a community of others who are working toward increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion at Georgia Tech. Fellows help shine a light on diversity gaps and commit to working toward closing them through their projects." - Terry Blum

GT DEI Council

As part of her role as ADVANCE Professor, Terry serves on the Scheller College Diversity and Inclusion Council, and serves as a resource to the Dean in planning and mobilizing our D&I strategies.

The purpose of the Scheller College Diversity and Inclusion Council is to identify, raise awareness of, and work on diversity and inclusion issues of importance for our College.  It is a cross-functional council consisting of students, staff, and faculty that acts in an advisory capacity to the Dean.  It forms a collaborative network within the College, across Colleges, and with Institute Leadership. Each year, the Council develops an agenda for the year that supports the College’s Strategic Goal 4 (“Foster a diverse, inclusive, vibrant, and innovative community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni”), defines projects associated with those issues/goals, and makes progress towards their resolution/achievement over the academic year in a cross-functional manner. Work the Council does may help identity/analyze issues for the college administration and program offices to work on, help make progress on an existing administrative/program priority, or be an independent, complementary project that is not owned by anyone but is value-added.

The Neurodiversity Hub

As Excel's founding center ILSI is an advocate for inclusion for students with neurodiverse backgrounds at Georgia Tech. We are members of the Neurodiversity Hub, a global organization that focuses on changing the narrative about autism through awareness, education, and engagement. 

Serve-Learn-Sustain Teaching Resource List   

Our partners at SLS have curated an outstanding list of anti-racism teaching, learning, and acting resource guide. We encourage you to use their resources for your classroom and extracurricular programs.