Combine Fall Commencement, final exams, and holiday season festivities, and the result is one of the most energized months of the year at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Commencement is one of the true highlights of the year, a time when we send off our newest graduates into an exciting new chapter in their lives. When we held Georgia Tech's 254th Commencement ceremonies Dec. 15-16 in McCamish Pavilion, I had the pleasure of shaking the hands of the 2,200 undergraduates and graduate students from summer and fall who participated in Commencement.
Members of our campus community have been working together diligently this fall to address some of the challenges brought to light by events earlier this semester. Last month, three Action Teams, each comprised of students, faculty, and staff, submitted detailed reports on Student Mental Health, Campus Culture, and LGBTQIA Community Support. As I mentioned during our follow-up meeting with the three groups, we are incredibly pleased with their work, and appreciate the insight and time investment from all of the team members.
Upon receiving the reports, I asked Institute leaders serving in various areas of responsibility to look at ways to implement the more than 180 recommendations, and to take it a step further by exploring additional actions that would address some of the challenges identified by the teams, while building upon the ongoing progress. I am writing today to provide an end-of-semester update on some of the initiatives that will help to ensure that we continue to improve our campus environment.
“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