Lead by Example
OUE strives to lead and inspire by example.
OUE creates a culture of deliberate innovation in all our practice. We aim to be an example of efficiency, sustainability, ethics, equity, and inclusion.
OUE Establishes the Equity Collective
The OUE Equity Collective seeks to combat racism as well as other forms of discrimination and cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusion in OUE and Georgia Tech. This alternative to a committee is a non-hierarchical structure with rotating roles, and shared responsibility; collectives operate through a different relationship to power, and different understanding of power and equity, than do the top-down arrangements of typical committees. In a collective, “leadership” rotates through the group (as do the tasks that accompany it, such as facilitating meetings, undertaking administrative work, organizing resources and other project management work), and the groups’ priorities and agenda are determined collectively.
Summer Session Leads the Way for OUE
Summer Session Initiatives oversaw the movement of the entire co-curricular and curricular programming of summer, including the iGnITe summer launch program, to a remote format (virtual) for summer 2021. In fall 2021, Summer Session Initiatives supported the Office of Undergraduate Education’s initiatives in a modified return-to-in-person format, assisting with in person office hours and hosting an outdoor in-person scavenger hunt for iGniTe students, as well as continuing with iGniTe Advisory Board meetings virtually throughout the entire year. In Spring 2021, the realities of the pandemic then led us to further update our iGniTe Summer Launch Program to a hybrid (virtual and in-person) offering for the first time in 2021. The majority of the groundwork for this hybrid format was laid in Spring 2021.
Student Advisory Board
The mission of the Student Advisory Board is to contribute diverse ideas and perspectives on matters that impact the undergraduate academic experience. The board fulfills this mission by: providing suggestions and input on current or future programs, services, policies, and other academic initiatives; advising on a range of academic issues that are important to undergraduate students; facilitating dialogue and communication between undergraduates and the Vice Provost’s office; advocating for resources; and supporting the advancement of student ideas and interests.
This year the board discussed a number of topics:
- Student Listening Sessions of Fall Course Modes (with Dr. Casey Chaviano, OVPUE)
- Covid-19 and the Current State of Events at GT (with Provost Steve McLaughlin)
- The “New” Career Center (with Executive Director, James Barricelli)
- Course Registration (with Jeremy Gray, Registrar’s Office)
- Health & Well-Being Check-In
Career Center Establishes New Team to Support Students
A new Co-op & Experiential Education team was established to ensure focused resources to support and expand co-op and internship opportunities for students. The Career Center also expanded our career education efforts by hiring new Career Educator positions that are embedded into academic colleges. This past year, the center hired two Career Educators for the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts (IAC) to provide customized career programming and connect our IAC students to targeted co-op, internship, and full-time opportunities.
GT Advising Hosts USG Best Practices Conference
The Georgia Tech Academic Advisors Network (GTAAN) hosted their Best Practices conference as a virtual event in Spring 2021. Attendance from across the University System of Georgia (USG) was strong, and the event featured NACADA’s incoming Executive Director, Dr. Melinda J. Anderson, as the Keynote Speaker.
OUE Staff Highlights