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Inclusive Excellence

Human Resources is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive working environment where we value and develop employees of all backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to a workplace in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. We firmly believe collaboration among team members with varied pasts and perspectives generates  deeper and more creative insights that enhance results, leading to greater contributions in support of the University of Georgia's mission.


The mission of the Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE) is to provide institutional leadership to the focused effort to enhance and maintain a diverse and inclusive environment for learning, teaching, research and service at the University of Georgia.

UGA has received the HEED (Higher Education Excellence in Diversity) award for tenth straight years as of 2023.  As the only national honor for higher eduction excellence in this area, the HEED award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

OIE goals include:

  • Enhancing diversity awareness and education through training and learning opportunities for faculty, students and staff throughout the university.
  • Promoting awareness of UGA’s diversity efforts by supporting diversity related events across the UGA campuses.
  • Establishing and defining strategic partnerships between the Office of Inclusive Excellence and other units.
  • Identifying and obtaining additional resources that will enhance and support institutional diversity endeavors.


The University of Georgia is committed to a fair and respectful environment for living, working, and studying. One of the Equal Opportunity Office’s many functions is assisting in the maintenance of this environment by ensuring that UGA complies with all applicable laws and policies regarding discrimination on the basis of race, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, and disability or veteran status (these eleven categories are known as the“ProtectedCategories”). EOO does so through the administration of the following policies governing the UGA community:

UGA’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment (NDAH) Policy

  • Prohibits discrimination and discriminatory harassment on the basis of Protected Categories
  • Governs situations where a non-student member of the UGA community engages in sexual misconduct
  • Prohibits faculty and staff from having sexual or romantic relationships with students and student employees they evaluate or supervise
  • Prohibits romantic relationships between employees on the same reporting line


The University System of Georgia’s Sexual Misconduct Policy
Governs situations where a UGA student engages in sexual misconduct and Addresses Title IX

These policies apply to UGA staff, faculty, students, student-athletes, and all visitors to UGA’s campuses or other properties. They also apply to Campus Transit, Study Abroad, and other UGA programs and activities on and off-campus, whether you’re cheering on the Dawgs at the Rose Bowl or enjoying a Zoom meet-and greet for new departmental employees. Please visit the Equal Opportunity Office Website and review these policies and related materials to gain a fuller understanding of what discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct mean at UGA.


UGA has a number of additional resources for our community.

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