Historically Black Albany State Univerity in Georgia has announced the launch of the university’s Centers for Diversity, Inclusion and Social Equity. The Center of Inclusion will support all groups of people within a society, recognizing their value and importance. The Center of Social Equity will promote fairness, access, livelihood, education, and full participation in the political and cultural life of the community. The Center for Social Equity focuses on the institutionalized practices and barriers that thwart and hinder equity.
The centers will educate Albany State students and stakeholders about the attributes, behaviors, and actions that support people of various races, genders, abilities, ages, sexual orientations, and socio-economic and national backgrounds. In addition, the centers will teach practices that create and maintain equitable support, engagement and treatment, and full participation for all.
“The aim of the Centers is two-fold; to teach the necessary actions that lead to the normalizing of diversity and inclusion, and to outline the behaviors, constructs, and systems that guide and influence equity throughout local and global communities,” said Wendy Wilson, vice president for university relations who is leading the initiative.
A native of Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Wilson is a graduate of Bluefield College in Virginia, where she majored in organizational management. She holds a master’s degree in human resource management from Central Michigan University and a doctorate in curriculum leadership from Columbus State University in Georgia.