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Georgia College seeks nominations for Flagg Social Justice Legacy Awards

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November 12, 2010

Georgia College’s President Commission on Diversity and the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity are seeking nominations for the fourth annual Flagg Social Justice Legacy Awards.

The groups will present the awards to individuals who have worked to create a more inclusive middle Georgia community during the Flagg Social Justice Legacy Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in Georgia College’s Magnolia Ballroom.

The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Dec. 10, 2010. Submit nominees at www.gcsu.edu/equity.

“The awards will recognize many of the unsung heroes who are building bridges among communities and demonstrating social change,” said Yves-Rose Saintdic, director of Institutional Equity at Georgia College. “The nomination process helps create an archive of local heroes.”

The awards will honor a Georgia College faculty, administrator or staff member; university student or student organization; and a middle Georgia community member or organization.

The university nominee must have held or currently hold a leading role in advancing diversity and inclusion on campus.

The Middle Georgia Community nominee must have demonstrated compassion, perseverance, courage and leadership by fostering equity through projects, programs, efforts, principles or practices.

The Flagg Social Justice Legacy Awards is named in honor of the Rev. Wilkes B. Flagg for his lifelong contributions to educational advancement and social justice.

Born in Virginia in 1802, Flagg grew up as a slave. He later established a school for blacks at Flagg Baptist Church. In 1969, the church raised enough funds to move classes from the church to Eddy School, the only educational institution for African Americans in Milledgeville.

“The nominees have to demonstrate the same determination Flagg had toward social justice,” said Saintdic. “We know our university and community are filled with individuals and groups who are doing outstanding work that embodies educational equality and civic activism.”

 For more information call Patrice Terrell, associate director at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, at (478) 445-4233 or e-mail patrice.terrell@gcsu.edu.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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