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Civic Engagement

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 […]

Freshman selected for College Democrats of Georgia Executive Board

Freshman Nya Davis ’23 has been selected to serve on the College Democrats of Georgia (CDG) Executive Board leadership as Director of Membership. Davis is among three new executive board leaders chosen from a large, competitive applicant pool of college students from across Georgia. An organization of student activists, CDG advocates at all levels of […]

Oglethorpe students serve the Atlanta community on MLK Day of Service

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Oglethorpe students and alumni participated in service trips around Atlanta on Monday for the university’s annual MLK Day of Service. To recruit volunteers, Oglethorpe’s A_LAB – Civic Engagement partnered with the Office of Alumni Relations, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Iota Psi, Tri Sigma […]

Oglethorpe kicks off annual Philanthropy Week Celebration

Oglethorpe’s annual Philanthropy Week Celebration seeks to build awareness and educate the campus community on the importance of giving and giving back. We hope to promote a culture of gratitude within the Oglethorpe community and provide inspiration and ideas on how to “Make a Difference”—at Oglethorpe and beyond. This year, Philanthropy Week is celebrated November […]

Photos: Orientation Day of Service Hits 15th Year

Welcome Weekend at Oglethorpe is not complete until first-year students have a chance to give back to their new community, For the 15th consecutive year, the Orientation Day of Service took freshmen to locations around Atlanta to volunteer their time to help others. In 2019, close to 400 students participated at one of 15 locations. […]

Clara Grimaldo ’21: Activist on campus and off

Clara Grimaldo, a sophomore sociology major, describes herself as “an activist at heart.” She developed an interest in political activism at a young age, and since arriving at Oglethorpe, has increasingly taken on leadership roles, both on and off campus—which recently landed her an internship at the State Capitol. Grimaldo is an active member of […]

Video: Malika Whitley ’11 featured on Today Show

Class of 2011’s Malika Whitley continues to make a difference in Atlanta with ChopArt, the nonprofit she founded for homeless teens “to help them build community, cope, and heal” through the arts. And her efforts are getting national recognition. Most recently, Today.com highlighted Whitley’s outreach to homeless youth in the city.   This month, Whitley […]