Finding Community in Your First-Year
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 Center supports 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. 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 will host, in conjunction with Housing and Residence Life, their annual LGBTQIA Student Welcome Reception on September 1 at 6 p.m. The center is located in the Smithgall Student Services Building, Suite 140. Follow them on Facebook (Georgia Tech LGBTQIA Resource Center) and Instagram (@gt_lgbtqia), and learn more about their programs, trainings, advocacy, and support services at lgbtqia.gatech.edu.
The Office of Student Diversity Programs serves as a resource for all students, faculty, and staff on campus. 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. We are located in the Smithgall Student Services Building, Suite 210. Follow our Instagram@gtdiversityor visit us at diversityprograms.gatech.edu.
The Veterans Resource Center promotes 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. 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 located in the Bio Quad. For more details, visit veterans.gatech.eduand follow the Student Veterans of America at Georgia Tech Facebook Page at facebook.com/GTAFSA.
The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is open to all students interested in learning about or working toward gender equity. The WRC provides advising, confidential support, programs, and training workshops to the Georgia Tech community. 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 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. To learn more about First-year Leadership Organizations and about the application process, visit: https://student-organizations.gatech.edu/content/first-year-leadership-organizations-flos
- The Women’s Welcome Home invites all first and second-year undergraduate women to come together in community with the Women’s Resource Center and First-Year Experience to learn about student organizations supporting women and gender equity 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 womenscenter.gatech.edu.