Finding Community in Your First Year

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Inclusion, Advocacy, and Support Collective

Hello, and we welcome you and your student to Georgia Tech! We are the Inclusion, Advocacy, and Support Collective. We comprise offices that provide community, support, and events for the Georgia Tech community. Within our Collective, we have the LGBTQIA Resource Center, Student Diversity Programs, the Veterans Resource Center, and the Women’s Resource Center. Each office has professional staff dedicated to providing a holistic experience for students. We are excited to help first-year students find community and connection!


The LGBTQIA Resource Centersupports the Institute's commitment to inclusive excellence by engaging the campus community in education, advocacy, and outreach for people of all genders and sexual identities. It is staffed by Director Tegra Myanna (they/them) and Coordinator Camilla Brewer (she/her). The Center coordinates a range of programs and events throughout the year aimed at educating faculty, students, and staff about LGBTQIA issues, providing safe spaces for LGBTQIA students to build community and explore their identities, and facilitating conversations about LGBTQIA diversity, equity, and inclusion. The LGBTQIA Resource Center hosts our annual LGBTQIA Student Welcome Reception, which takes place the second week of fall semester. This event is a special partnership with the Georgia Tech Department of Housing and is a wonderful opportunity for students to get to know their queer peers while enjoying free refreshments. We are located in the Smithgall Student Services Building, Suite 140. Follow us on Facebook (Georgia Tech LGBTQIA Resource Center) and Instagram (@gt_lgbtqia), and learn more about our programs, trainings, advocacy, and support services at LGBTQIA Resource Center will also host virtual information sessions this summer on the FASET Canvas site.  


The Office of Student Diversity Programsserves as a resource for all students, faculty, and staff on campus. It is staffed by Associate Dean of Students and Director Stephanie Ray (she/her) and Program Director Karen Yiu (she/her). We advocate for the representation of all identities and cultures, and we educate and program around the multitude of identities at Tech. Our office supports students and student organizations in their diversity-related initiatives as well as their individual development. Students can obtain leadership experience with the office through the Diversity Ambassador Program, the MLK Student Board, participation in student organizations advised by the office, or attending programs and trainings hosted or sponsored by our department. We are located in the Smithgall Student Services Building, Suite 210. Follow our Instagram @gtdiversity or visit us at


The Veterans Resource Centerpromotes student learning and development and supports degree completion for students who are veterans, military, reservist, guard members, and dependents by providing comprehensive support services that enhance and complement the academic experience. David Ross (he/him) serves as director of the center and oversees all advising, program implementation, and development of the center. First-year students are invited and encouraged to attend the Student Veteran’s Welcome Reception in the fallto meet and network with other veterans, military students, dependents, and staff on campus — stay tuned for details. Visit the Veterans Resource Center in the Smithgall Student Services Building, room 115 B. For more details on events and services, visit and follow the Student Veterans of America at Georgia Tech Facebook Page at


The Women’s Resource Center(WRC) is open to all students who have an interest in learning about or working toward gender equity. Assistant Dean of Students and Director Melanie DeMaeyer (she/her) and Program Coordinator Dani Lechner (she/her) provide advising, confidential support, programs, and training workshops. First-year students interested in women and gender equity centered leadership opportunities and finding community through on-campus organizations are invited to participate in our programs designed specifically to meet the needs and goals of first-year women:  


  • RISE (Reimagine, Inspire, Serve, Empower)is a NEW First-year Leadership Organization (FLO) that offers an empowering and transformative platform for first-year undergraduates interested in advancing gender equity and social justice at Georgia Tech through coalition building, consciousness-raising, and community service. RISE students will Reimaginea more equitable future, Inspiresocial change, Servein honor of community justice, andEmpowerwomen and their allies to take action for gender equity. Students interested in applying for membership in the inaugural cohort must complete the FLO Common Application (available in the fall) and participate in an interview process with RISE advisors and student leadership. To learn more about RISE and receive updates about the application process, please fill out the following form:


  • The First-Year Women’s Welcomeinvites all first-year undergraduate women to come together in community with the Women's Resource Center and First-Year Experience and learn about student organizations supporting women at Georgia Tech. This year’s event will take place during Week of Welcome — stay tuned for more details.  

The Women’s Resource Center is located in the Smithgall Student Services building, Suite 131. To stay up to date on WRC events and services, follow us on Instagram @GTWRC and visit our website The WRC will also host virtual information sessions this summer on the FASET Canvas site.  


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