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President G.P. "Bud" Peterson delivers the 2017 Institute Address

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President Peterson Offers 2017 Institute Address

Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson delivered his annual Institute Address on Thursday morning, Aug. 31, in Clough Commons 152. His presentation covered highlights of the past academic year, including the continued growing demand for a Georgia Tech education, an update on the 25-year strategic plan "Designing the Future," a short video on groundbreaking research efforts, and a look at the Institute's growing innovation neighborhoods. He recapped the enhancements to the campus, such as the Library Next, West Village, and Living Building projects.

In addition to reviewing how Tech's Commission on Creating the Next in Education is exploring best practices for the future, Peterson also provided updates on steps forward in two important Institute-wide initiatives: the Black Student Experience Task Force and Gender Equity Task Force. He recalled the high points experienced by Tech's most recent graduating class, thanked the Georgia Tech community for its work during the past year, and challenged the audience to work together to shape another productive year.

Welcome Back - Aug. 21, 2017

Yesterday (Aug. 20), we gathered with nearly 3,000 new students in McCamish Pavilion for our annual New Student Convocation, where I encouraged our freshmen and transfer students to take full advantage of all the resources and opportunities that Georgia Tech has to offer. In addition to the RAT Caps and a copy of the T-Book, this year at Convocation we issued Georgia Tech-branded glasses for viewing today’s (Aug. 21) solar eclipse, and we have numerous activities and “watch parties” planned at various locations around campus. 

As I thought about the eclipse, I couldn’t help but reflect on the similarities between these glasses and some of the recent events in the news, specifically the horrific events that occurred in Charlottesville last weekend. The people who would seek to impose hatred and violence on others in our society are blinded not by glasses, but rather by intolerance, ignorance, and a false sense of superiority that can also do permanent harm. While there will always be those who will try to use the university environment as a platform for their own agendas, we have seen this past week how our academic community and society can stand united in opposition to hatred and bigotry and its distorted view of what freedom means in our United States. At Georgia Tech, we remain steadfast in our commitment to fostering a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for the entire community, regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, beliefs, or perspectives. 


 

President Peterson's Opening Remarks at the Institute's Ninth Annual Diversity Symposium

President Peterson's Opening Remarks at the Institute's Ninth Annual Diversity Symposium

On Sept. 6, Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson gave opening remarks at the Institute’s Ninth Annual Diversity Symposium.


 

Commitment to Diversity

“We will recruit, develop, retain, and engage a diverse cadre of students, faculty, and staff with a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, interests, and talents, creating a campus community that exemplifies the best in all of us—in our intellectual pursuits, our diversity of thought, our personal integrity, and our inclusive excellence.” 
—Georgia Tech Strategic Plan