College of Sciences Diversity Council

Ongoing Goal:To enhance the success and visibility of women, under-represented minorities, and other under-served groups within the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech, as part of a commitment to fairness and collegiality at Georgia Tech that benefits the community as a whole and raises the impact and visibility of our scientists and mathematicians.

Mandate of the CoS Diversity Council since its re-establishment in 2014:

  1. Educate the CoS (& GT) community about issues related to academic diversity
  2. Lead CoS (& GT) with recommendations to the Dean for improved policies and practices, including regarding salaries and other resource allocation
  3. Address current needs and issues with activities planned within CoS
  4. Connect community members and their activities related to these issues
  5. Publicly celebrate successes of women and under-represented group members


Focus Areas for 2016-2017:

  1. Improving and clarifying Georgia Tech’s policies and practices for parents
  2. Dealing with biased teaching evaluations


Focus Areas for 2014-2016:

  1. Equitable academic careers
  2. Growing diverse leadership
  3. Inclusive and supportive academic climate


The CoS Diversity Council is constituted in two forms: a larger Council that advises the Dean and raises issues to be considered; and smaller action groups that execute plans based on a deeper exploration of the issues raised by the Council at large and by the Dean. The larger Council consists of 10-15 members plus ex-officio and affiliate non-voting members; these 10-15 members are appointed by the Dean for terms of up to 3 years with members rotating off in different years. The larger council meets twice each fall and spring semester. The action group membership is selected by consensus within the larger Council following discussion at the fall meeting of the larger Council, based on the issues considered important to the Council that year. The action groups may meet more frequently than the larger Council, with the associate dean acting as secretary to both groups.

Stefan France, Associate Professor, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Diley Hernandez, Academic Professional, CEISMC
Wing Li, Professor, School of Mathematics
Joe Montoya, Professor, School of Biological Sciences
Carol Paty, Associate Professor, School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Christine Payne, Associate Professor, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Carrie Shepler, Academic Professional, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Jenny Singleton, Professor, School of Psychology
Chrissy Spencer, Academic Professional, School of Biological Sciences
Ignacio Taboada, Associate Professor, School of Physics
Kirsten Wickelgren, Assistant Professor, School of Mathematics
Soojin Yi, Professor, School of Biological Sciences

Julia Kubanek, Associate Dean (ex-officio, secretary)
Kim Cobb, CoS ADVANCE Professor (ex-officio)
Julie Ancis, Associate Vice President for Institute Diversity (ex-officio)
Keith Oden, CoS Director of Academic Diversity (ex-officio)
Paul Goldbart, Dean of Sciences (affiliate)

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