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An all-white university in Georgia is moving in the opposite direction of the rest of the country by changing its name to reflect its diversity.
The College of Georgia is taking a cue from some of the most popular colleges in the country, including the University of Georgia and the University at Buffalo, and is replacing its former name with a more inclusive one, the school announced on its website Wednesday.
The change was announced as part of a broader push by the Georgia College of Science and Technology to become more inclusive, with a goal to make the college a “model for excellence and sustainability in the college system and in the wider world.”
Georgia State University is the latest college in the nation to announce it will rename itself, following a similar move at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Georgia State is not the first public college to rename its name, as the University in Buffalo, New York, did the same in 2016.
The move comes as more and more universities across the country are struggling with rising tuition costs, student debt and a shrinking enrollment.
In announcing the change, Georgia State University President Tom Baugh said he wanted to provide an opportunity for the university community to reflect on the challenges faced by students, faculty and staff and offer opportunities to achieve greater equity and justice for all.
“Our campus community is comprised of diverse students, staff and community members and, over the past decade, Georgia has become a beacon of hope, opportunity and opportunity,” Baugh told the AJC.
“To that end, we have a unique opportunity to honor the diversity of our campus, to reflect upon the challenges we face and to develop strategies for addressing the challenges of our community.”
Georgia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, is one of a handful of public colleges that are changing their names to reflect diversity.
Its new name, The University of Blacksburg is a nod to the university’s African-American student population.