The Mission of GSU is to promote diversity and foster equity. The philosophy, strategic plan, and practices inherent at GSU embody this ideal by encouraging us to pursue the goals of diversity, inclusion, and equity as essential components of creating education that transforms; connections that endure and communities that flourish.

An inclusive excellence framework is designed to support the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts into the core functions and operations of the university while advancing our efforts to obtain educational excellence through GSU’s four DEI goals:

    Goal 1: Improve recruitment, retention, persistence, completion, and advancement of students from underrepresented communities.

    Goal 2: Improve the recruitment, retention, and advancement of faculty and staff from underrepresented communities.

    Goal 3: Support inclusive excellence within the formal curriculum and with our co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences.

    Goal 4: Engage with our alumni and with local, national, and international communities to encourage the pursuit of inclusive excellence beyond the boundaries of GSU

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Joi Patterson

Conversations with Leaders: Joi Patterson

Decades before becoming Governors State University’s (GSU) Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), Dr. Joi Patterson never had dreams of teaching or working in education. “I never thought becoming a teacher was something I could do,” says Patterson, a Chicago native, who didn’t encounter a minority teacher until graduate school.

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Upcoming Events

DEI Council Meetings

3rd Fridays at 1:00 p.m.

MLK Writing Competition

Due on Monday, January 9th to dei@govst.edu

Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Event*

About: We invite the Governors State University community to join us as we commemorate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the MLK Day Breakfast Event.
Presenting: Engaging, Encouraging, and Empowering GSU Lives
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Frederick Yeakey
Date and Time: Thursday, January 19th 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hall of Honors
*While in-person registration is at capacity, we encourage you to join us remotely.

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Lunch and Learn

Wednesdays from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Room D1496
Beginning January 25th

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