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New task force will celebrate the diverse story of Augusta University

Augusta University is committed to enhancing our campus climate for diversity and inclusion. To get input from our campus on this effort, Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD, has created the Task Force on Celebrating the Diverse Story of Augusta University.

“Our campus’ work during the pandemic has changed the timeline on some of our efforts, but these disruptions have not reduced my determination to do the things we know we need to do to make our university the place where all students, faculty and staff feel welcome and included,” Keel said.

An important part of creating that inclusive environment is acknowledging and sharing the accomplishments and contributions of a diverse community of individuals and groups in the history of Augusta University.

“I am eager to have the opportunity to identify new communication strategies, tangible markers and unifying celebrations to acknowledge Augusta University heroes from diverse backgrounds,” Keel said.

The Task Force includes:

  • Cedric Johnson, Director, Community Affairs, Partnership & Economic Development (Chair)
  • Clint Bryant, Director of Athletics
  • Dr. Gretchen Caughman, Provost Emerita
  • Dr. Deltrye Holt, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Henry Ingram, community and business leader
  • Mahadia Islam, Undergraduate SGA President
  • Sydney Strong, President, Black Student Union
  • Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, Professor of History, Director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History and University Historian in Residence
  • Yvonne Turner, Executive Vice President for Finance and Chief Business Officer
  • Kristin Wilson, Graduate SGA President

This outstanding group of faculty, staff, students and friends will be charged with gathering information, consulting with a wide range of constituents, and providing recommendations to Keel about next steps.

“I am grateful that they have agreed to undertake this important advisory role,” Keel said. “It is my hope that, based on this group’s good work, we will develop an authentic, meaningful, credible and sustainable strategy for sharing the richness of our story and remaining committed to celebrating the contributions of diverse individuals to our campus going forward.”

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