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Civic Engagement

Celebrating Black History Month: OU’s first African-American Greek organization Epsilon Iota Psi

Epsilon Iota Psi Sorority, Inc. (EIPsi) was founded at Oglethorpe University on April 25, 2012 as the first African-American Greek organization associated with the university. The “Madames of EIPsi,” along with later additions Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., are important and proud parts of Oglethorpe’s history. “We founded EIPsi […]

Oglethorpe students take part in historic election

In what has turned out to be one of the most important elections in modern history, the Oglethorpe community came out in force to encourage voter participation and help inform others about the process. The new OU SOAR Lab (Social Media Observations Analytics Research), a new coalition of students dedicated to analyzing social media trends, […]

Freshman’s new club delivers a bear, a book, a balloon…and a smile

Sahara Moore ’24, a first-year student majoring in biology and art, recently founded A Bear, A Book, & A Balloon, a new philanthropic student organization. The student club assembles care packages of items—a teddy bear, a book, and a balloon—and delivers them to patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Their goal is simply to bring happiness to […]

Voter preparedness course collection available on LinkedIn Learning

Election Day is just weeks away, and in many states, including Georgia, voters are already headed to the polls. To help you prepare for this upcoming election, Oglethorpe has curated a new collection of short courses through LinkedIn Learning — a free service available to all students, staff and faculty. The “Civic Engagement/Voter Preparedness” playlist […]

Civic engagement scholars kick off voter awareness efforts

National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, September 22—get registered and ready to vote in November! With fewer than two months until election day, Oglethorpe University’s A_LAB is hosting a virtual voter awareness series. These efforts, led by Civic Engagement scholars, will provide non-partisan programming and educational resources to help students get involved in the voting […]

Oglethorpe University announces diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives

Several initiatives dedicated to furthering Oglethorpe University’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion have been announced in recent weeks. In a message to the Oglethorpe community in early July, President Nicholas Ladany announced the formation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) task force, whose primary charge is to examine areas for growth and determine action steps […]

Oglethorpe student leaders pen letter to Mayor, Atlanta PD calling for ‘equity and justice’

Two Oglethorpe students, David Swillum ’21 and Milana ‘Mimi’ Woods ’21, have collaborated with students at other metro Atlanta universities to author a letter to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta Police Department in light of national scrutiny of police tactics. The letter outlines demands to increase accountability for police officers, re-allocate funding […]