There are many ways to support diversity, equity and inclusion at Georgia State: through your time, through your talents, and if you are fortunate to be able to do so, your financial donations.
Georgia State is a large, diverse university, so there are numerous departments and causes to which you can contribute. Here are just a few highlights of efforts to which you can donate.
We understand not everyone is able to do so. But if you are able, please consider the following scholarships, grants, departments and centers.
Student Scholarship in Honor of the “Ground Crew”
On July 27, 2020, President Mark Becker announced the establishment of a scholarship in honor of three Black women - Myra Payne Elliott, Barbara Pace Hunt and Iris Mae Welch - who sued to integrate Georgia State in the 1950s. Although the women were blocked from enrolling at Georgia State despite winning the court case their case helped to form the precedent that led to desegregation of other universities across the Southeast.
This "ground crew" was honored during the inaugural Provost's Groundbreaker Lecture in February 2020, with a talk by Dr. Maurice C. Daniels, "Ground Crew: The Fight to End Segregation at Georgia State," the showing of a mini-documentary by the university's School of Film, Media & Theatre and a special presentation to Ms. Elliott, her family and the family of the late Ms. Hunt.
Without these women’s determination and fearlessness, Georgia State would not exist as it does today. Our diversity is one of our key strengths, and our pathbreaking work ensuring students of all backgrounds succeed without disparities based on race, ethnicity or income spring from their courageous acts more than 50 years ago.
President Becker is personally endowing the Ground Crew Groundbreaker scholarship to provide financial support to students who embody the commitment to social justice exemplified by these pioneers. President Becker invites others to join him in supporting the scholarship so that in future years it can serve many worthy students and remind us all of the importance “groundbreakers” have in the lives of others.
Select the button below to contribute to the new scholarship in honor of the "Ground Crew."
Georgia State is bridging gaps and proving students can succeed no matter their backgrounds. Many students receive Pell grants, but the university also supports them through grants like:
- The Panther Retention Grant: The grant helps cover modest financial shortfalls affecting students’ ability to pay tuition and fees, which would otherwise keep them from earning their degree.
- Keep HOPE Alive Grant: Georgia's HOPE Scholarship provides access to college for thousands of Georgia State students, but for Pell-eligible students who do not maintain a 3.0 college grade point average, the loss of HOPE often means they have to drop out for financial reasons. The Keep HOPE Alive Grant provides a stipend for two semesters for students who have lost the HOPE Scholarship, serving as an incentive to follow a plan to improve their grades and regain their scholarship.
Help support these grants by clicking the button below.
John Lewis Memorial Scholarship
In 2020, the Decatur First United Methodist Church endowed a scholarship to support Georgia State’s African American Male Initiative leadership development program. As a church located in the surrounding 5th Congressional District of the late, great civil rights leader and activist, John Lewis, the church wanted to honor Lewis’ life and legacy by endowing a scholarship at Georgia State University to nurture and support the next generation of civic leaders.
Support the John Lewis Memorial Scholarship by selecting the link below.
Mario Bennekin Memorial Fund
The Mario Bennekin Memorial Fund is being established in memory of the late Mario Alonzo Jacob Bennekin, a faculty member for more than 20 years at Perimeter College and an advocate of the teaching of Black and African American History. Bennekin took an intentional approach toward teaching these historical topics with honesty and transparency, and eventually became the chair of his department, working toward the creation of an African American history course and associate's degree pathway at Perimeter that was announced during the summer of 2020.
Sadly, he passed away unexpectedly in 2019. Determined faculty in African-American studies, History, Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, Anthropology, Education, Criminal Justice, and Psychology kept his legacy alive through the first Perimeter College Black History Symposium in his honor during February.
Contributions to the Mario Bennekin Memorial Fund project will be used to endow the Mario Bennekin Black History Symposium through the Georgia State University Foundation. Once the $20,000 goal is achieved, the project will work towards raising the $50,000 minimum required by the University System of Georgia is raised, the endowment will be established and the symposium will be named in memory of Mario Bennekin.
Supporting Students and Alumni with Disabilities: The Inclusive Digital Expression & Literacy (IDEAL) Project
IDEAL at Georgia State University serves students with intellectual disabilities, and provides access to inclusive education and resources to prepare for meaningful work and expression in the arts and creative media fields. IDEAL's goal is to support each student's unique media maker voice, empowering students to explore their identities, learn new skills, and showcase their talents, while producing digital content, learning together with peers, growing social and professional networks, and gaining career-related experience.
IDEAL is looking to raise funds to support student access to and ownership of necessary education technology, and hopes to build an inclusive sound and film production lab, equip students with the technology they need to be successful, and support the continued education and creative projects of IDEAL and students during COVID19.
Contributions to the IDEAL at GSU: Inclusive Digital Expression and Literacy project are processed by the Georgia State University Foundation and will be used to ensure IDEAL students have access to the technology and support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds raised beyond the project's goal will be used to provide additional resources that support the program's mission.
Learning from the Past, Understanding the Present, Building a Better Future
Click the button below to contribute to:
- African American Studies Department
- Center for Studies on Africa and Its Diaspora
- Latin American and Latino Studies Center
- Middle East Institute
- Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
- World Languages and Cultures
Contributing to Educational Excellence
Children and families in urban communities in the United States are underserved by the public school system. They are consequently limited in their ability to achieve the goals they have set for themselves, their families and their communities.
Established in 1996 by Dr. Lisa Delpit, The Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Education Excellence (CUEE) provides a “city-wide laboratory for the development of excellence in urban education.” Since its inception, the CUEE serves the southeast region of the nation as an interdisciplinary outreach, research and educational support and development hub aimed at continuing the legacy of Dr. Alonzo A. Crim.
It is the mission of the Center to extend Dr. Crim’s vision by optimizing the life opportunities of children and families in urban communities by ensuring the availability of a prosperous and equitable school environment.
The Crim Center believes that through our work we can create a world where all children have equal access to educational opportunities that prepare them to be academically excellent, culturally competent and critically conscious.
Diversifying Graduate School & Academia: Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni
The Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni (The CASA) is the university's hub of faculty, staff, and students helping to make Ph.D. programs, medical school and law school accessible to Georgia State students and alumni with interest and motivation to pursue these paths. The center aims to increase diversity among leaders in academic and professional careers, enabling Georgia State alumni to create a more just and equitable society.
Click the button below to donate to The CASA.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Georgia State
Dr. Rihana S. Mason, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, College of Education & Human Development
Co-PI, Diversity Database