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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's Spring Update 2017

At Georgia Tech, we’re creating life-changing applications through our research, providing policy leadership, preparing leaders and innovators, and exploring new roles and methodologies in education. We are creating “the next” by leading the way in STEM education for learners ranging in age from 6 to 70, knowing that lifelong learning is the way of the future. We are making an economic impact through our research and by creating innovation neighborhoods and providing professional resources for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. 


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