Focus on the Faculty: Kecia Thomas

Posted 3 years 1 month ago

Great profile on our own associate dean for faculty leadership development and diversity, Kecia Thomas:

What are some highlights of your career at UGA?

I have been incredibly fortunate to have cultivated a career at UGA that has led to many articles, books, grants and awards. As a “first-gen” college student, I’ve certainly accomplished far more than most people would have thought possible, myself included. However, without a doubt the highlight of my time at UGA has been the hooding of each one of my doctoral students. It is a privilege to be able to support a young scholar...

Transgender Awareness Week

Posted 3 years 3 months ago

The transgender community is an important constituency that helps inform institutional diversity efforts on campus - not unlike many other groups on campus. Where they differ significantly from other groups, however, is the threat of violence that transgender individuals face on a far too consistent basis. To bring added attention to this situation, the University of Georgia Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center will observe Transgender Awareness Week with several events Nov. 18-20:

Transgender activist Luna Merbruja will conduct a workshop titled "Liberation From The...

Thomas appointed Associate Dean

Posted 3 years 3 months ago

Congratulations to professor Kecia Thomas, who has been appointed associate dean for leadership development and diversity in the Franklin College:

A professor of industrial/organizational psychology in the department of psychology, Thomas has served on the UGA faculty since 1993.

"As associate dean, Dr. Thomas will have a portfolio that is well-aligned with her academic and professional expertise as an industrial/organizational psychologist who is an award-winning graduate mentor and instructor, an internationally recognized scientist/practitioner in the psychology of...

International student associations

Posted 3 years 9 months ago
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Did you now there are 37 international student associations on campus? From the the Russian Student Association to the Caribbean Student Association, the Asian American Student Association, the Brazilian Student Association and the Japan Club, many on-campus efforts flow into the creation of global citizens:

"Learning about other cultures and being culturally competent is essential to success in the 21st century," said Michelle Cook, associate provost for institutional diversity.

Industry leaders say they want employees who are prepared to come to the workplace equipped with...

Selective admissions

Posted 3 years 10 months ago
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History professor Stephen Mihm has a new column at Bloomberg.com on the origins of selective admissions processes to elite American colleges and universities, particulalry the promotion of geographical diversity:

the number of top-achieving high school seniors who made the cut at the most elite universities reached record lows this year. Stanford, for example, only admitted 5 percent of applicants, the fewest in its history; other top institutions reported similar numbers.

This may look like meritocracy reaching its ultimate rarefaction, yet the motives that led top colleges...