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Laney Statement on Diversity

Diversity and community are of highest priority to Emory University and the Laney Graduate School. Diversity and community are fundamental to our commitment to graduate education that provides students with deep expertise in their chosen fields, creativity to cross disciplinary boundaries, and courage to take on the most important and complex problems of our time.

We strive to create and strengthen an inclusive, respectful, and intellectually challenging environment that embraces individual difference. We are committed to proactively cultivating and sustaining an academic community that engages diverse intellectual capacity and that values open dialogue, cooperation, shared responsibility, mutual respect, and cultural competence — the driving forces that enrich and enhance innovative research and scholarship. 

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To promote diversity and a community of inclusiveness, the EDGE initiative was established. EDGE’s goal is to aid Laney Graduate School in the increased exposure, admission, enrollment, successful matriculation and graduation of diverse scholars. EDGE will facilitate the discussion of the educational benefits of diversity within a program or the University as a whole, based on their racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic or experiential background and/or gender, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. The purpose of the EDGE Initiative is to promote and engage graduate diversity at Emory. The initiative is achieved using a three-themed schematic that is interconnected and interdependent: Community, Programming, and Recruitment.

Key EDGE Initiatives: EDGE and its fellows and ambassadors are responsible for maintaining and sustaining initiatives focused on diversity. Many of the initiatives surround topics of:

  • Enriching Community 
  • Developing Outreach Partnerships and Affiliations
  • Creating an Inclusive Campus
  • Recruiting Excellent Students from Diverse Backgrounds

EDGE offers several opportunities for engagement:

  • An Annual Diversity Reception
  • Black Graduate Student Association
  • Latino Graduate Student Association
  • Out in Laney
  • Forum series on mentoring for success graduate student retention, faculty diversity, and social justice as an academic
  • NIH-Funded Emory Initiative for Maximizing Student Development
  • Laney's Centennial Scholars

Along with Other Affinity Groups such as:

  • Women in STEM
  • Diverse Scholars in STEM
  • Women in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Diverse Scholars in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 1st Generation Scholars
  • Scholars 500+ Miles Away from Home

For more information contact laney.edge@emory.edu or 404-727-3030.