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New Committee Creates UGA’s Diversity And Inclusive Excellence Plan

Michelle Cook, the University of Georgia’s vice provost for diversity and inclusion and strategic university initiatives, discusses UGA’s new plan to drive diversity and inclusion over the next five years.
Michelle Cook, the University of Georgia’s vice provost for diversity and inclusion and strategic university initiatives, discusses UGA’s new plan to drive diversity and inclusion over the next five years.
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Dr. Michelle Cook, who serves as vice provost for diversity and inclusion and strategic university initiatives at the University of Georgia, says diversity and inclusion should be tailored to every person and environment and be at the core of everything — and not a reactionary action to something that arises due to a national event.

Cook, who also co-chairs UGA’s Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Planning Committee, was a guest on Tuesday’s edition of “Closer Look.”

She talked with show host Rose Scott about UGA’s Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Plan, an 11-step, five-year plan to drive diversity and inclusion at the institution through several targeted goals.

Those goals include increasing enrollment of students from underserved communities at the undergraduate and graduate levels, increasing need-based student financial aid and scholarships, expanding resources to promote an inclusive learning environment and diversifying the university’s workforce.

“These are institutional goals that everyone is going to be pulling in the same direction, that we are going to measure our progress on these goals. We’re going to establish benchmarks, and we are going to make sure we are held accountable for our progress and movement in these specific areas,” Cook said.

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.