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Advisory Council on Community and Diversity

The Emory Advisory Council on Community and Diversity (ACCD) was launched in the fall of 2012 to replace Emory's three president’s commissions. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), the President’s Commission on Race and Ethnicity (PCORE), and the President’s Commission on Sexuality, Gender Diversity, and Queer Equality (PCSGDQE) were established in 1976, 1979, and 1995, respectively. They were created to advise the university president on diversity-related issues. Their contributions and recommendations helped establish the Center for Women, the Office of LGBT Life, and the Office of Community and Diversity in addition to many other programs and policies.

After the Office of Community and Diversity (C&D) was established in 2007, conversations began to emerge about the need for additional commissions (class, disability, etc.) adn the desire to develop a more comprehensive infrastructure to support community and diversity work throughout the Emory enterprise. In the fall of 2011, discussions were initiated to re-imagine community and diversity at Emory. During the spring of 2012, a retreat and a number of critical conversations were facilitated to discuss the work of the President’s Commissions and to devise a new and more action-oriented infrastructure to better focus attention on and accelerate efforts to operationalize Emory's long-held values of access, equity, and inclusion.

After much conversation, active dialogue, and debate, the creation of an Advisory Council on Community and Diversity was proposed to replace the President’s Commissions. The ACCD is composed of a steering committee (SC) and division committees on Community and Diversity (DCCDs). The Associate Vice Provost for Community and Diversity, Dona Yarbrough, chairs the SC and oversees the ACCD process as a whole. The ACCD is supported by staff in the Office of Community and Diversity.


Office of Community and Diversity
201 Dowman Drive
305 Administration Building
PH: 404.727.2616
FAX: 404.712.9108
spalma@emory.edu