Mlk PhotoOn January 12, 2024, Life University hosted a distinguished event that not only celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., but also recognized individuals who have made significant contributions to fostering diversity and inclusion within the university community. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Reception for Life University Diversity Champions, held in the President’s Dining Room at Socrates Café, was a momentous occasion attended by key figures, including Dr. Rob Scott, President of Life University; Dr. Gilles LaMarche, Vice President of University Advancement; and Dr. Jana Holwick, Provost & CAO. The event, hosted by Dr. Harrison Davis, Chief Diversity Officer, and Director, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, aimed to honor those who exemplify the spirit of diversity in their roles at Life U.

Diversity Champions Recognized

Dr. Marla Thompson, an adjunct professor at the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies (CGUS), and Dr. Cory Viehl, the Associate Dean of Academic Administration and Deputy Title IX Coordinator were the individuals recognized during the reception. Dr. Thompson’s dedication to educating and promoting diversity at Life U earned her the title of Diversity Champion. Simultaneously, Dr. Viehl was acknowledged as as Diversity Champion for his outstanding contributions in the field of academic administration and commitment to fostering an inclusive environment.

Reaffirming Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The reception served as more than just an awards ceremony; it was a pivotal moment to reaffirm Life University’s unwavering commitment to fostering an environment where every individual is recognized and valued for their unique contributions to diversity and inclusion. Dr. Harrison Davis, in his role as Chief Diversity Officer, highlighted the importance of embracing diversity and ensuring that everyone feels a sense of belonging within the Life U community.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Enduring Legacy

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., deeply rooted in the heart of Atlanta, serves as a guiding light for Life U. Dr. King’s vision of a society where everyone deserves a seat at the table, where no one is left out, aligns seamlessly with Life U’s daily commitment to achieving inclusivity. As we reflect on Dr. King’s monumental contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, we are reminded that the pursuit of diversity is not just an event, but an ongoing journey – one that Life U embraces wholeheartedly.

Life University’s Daily Strive for Inclusivity

Life U’s dedication to diversity and inclusion is not confined to special events but is embedded in the fabric of daily life on campus. The University strives to create an atmosphere where students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds come together, exchange ideas and learn from each other. By recognizing and celebrating Diversity Champions like Dr. Marla Thompson and Dr. Cory Viehl, Life U encourages the entire community to actively contribute to the ongoing narrative of inclusivity. Life U is proud to ranked as the No. 2 most diverse college in Georgia and No. 33 in the nation for 2024.