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The Georgia Tech Research Institute believes diversity is essential. GTRI relies on a diverse workforce to become the world’s pre-eminent applied research and development organization. It takes all of us.

Respect for differences is a key part of our culture and vital element of our success. At GTRI, excellence is achieved by synthesizing contributions from people of varied ideas, backgrounds and perspectives.

The objective of GTRI’s Diversity Initiative is to enhance GTRI’s sense of community, raise awareness, educate and foster a greater appreciation for diversity.  

GTRI's commitment to diversity is absolute. It allows us to attract, develop and retain the very best talent available. Our commitment also ensures that we forge the relationships necessary to continue our dynamic growth.

Hello Women of Georgia Tech:
We are excited to announce the line-up of summer events for the Women of Georgia Tech Employee Resource Group. We have scheduled three robust WoGT ERG sessions around the lunch hour (so please, feel free to bring a brown bag lunch) for your convenience.

Please let us know if you will be joining us by registering via the registration link provided for each of the events.

Title:                          “Micro-Messages: The Power of Invisible Slights”

Date:                        July 23

Time:                        11:30a - 1:30p 

Location:                 Student Center – Piedmont Room

Facilitators:            Cheryl Cofield/Pearl Alexander


Description:            We send hundreds of messages often without saying a word.  When these messages take on negative forms (small, powerful messages that devalue, discourage and impair performance) they are called micro-messages.  In this dialogue, participants explore the vast power of these nearly invisible “slights” that often take the form of subtle looks, gestures or voice tones; become more aware of the significant impact the “little things” they intentionally or unintentionally do have on other people; begin dealing with messages in a forum where they are safely brought to the forefront; and begin to explore skills/strategies to send more constructive messages.

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Title:                         “Social Justice Training”

Date:                         August 15

Time:                        8:30a - 4:30p 

Location:                 Student Center – Crescent Room

Facilitators               Dean Stephanie Ray/Cheryl Cofield


Description:    This highly interactive and engaging training will expand participant's skills regarding the concept and ideals of social justice. Participants will:

• Understand what social justice means for our campus and why Georgia Tech is committed to developing an inclusive campus environment for all staff and students

• Recognize the breadth of diversity on campus, explore their own social group memberships, and engage in authentic conversations about the dynamics of difference on campus

• Discuss common campus dynamics for members of marginalized groups and privileged groups and deepen awareness of the types of un-inclusive situations that occur on campus

• Understand the role and responsibility of all staff members to create culturally competent programs and services that support the success of all community members

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Title:                          Welcoming Diversity in the Workplace: Prejudice Reduction” 

Date:                         September 24

Time:                        8:30a - 4:30p 

Location:                 Student Center – Piedmont Room

Facilitators               Cheryl Cofield/Dean Stephanie Ray


Description:  Every human being has the capacity to discriminate and be discriminated against, and every individual’s behavior impacts the workplace environment. This course helps to reduce prejudice in the workplace by assisting individuals: identify the information/misinformation we learned about other groups; identify and express pride in the group(s) to which we belong; learn how groups, other than our own, experience mistreatment; learn the personal impact of specific incidents of discrimination; and learn how to interrupt prejudicial jokes, remarks, and slurs.

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Title:                          “Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes:  Linking Perception to Performance”

Date:                        October 23

Time:                        8:30a - 12:00p 

Location:                 Student Center – Piedmont Room

Facilitators              Cheryl Cofield/Dean Stephanie Ray


Description:            Explores how bias and perception impact people’s thoughts and behaviors - which leads to differences in treatment - resulting in differences in performance and productivity.  Utilizing an updated version of the classic Jane Elliot video, Brown-Eyes, Blue Eyes, participants are gently encouraged to contemplate whether they may be creating exclusive work environments as well as their responsibility in eliminating "isms" in the workplace.

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