Berry College and GHD Foundation embark on a new partnership on diversity initiatives

Berry College and GHD Foundation embark on a new partnership on diversity initiatives

March 15, 2023

GHD Foundation has partnered with Berry College to bring in The King Center to support the advancement of diversity and inclusion initiatives in line with Dr. King’s vision for a just, humane, equitable and peaceful world

Berry is an independent, coeducational liberal arts college of approximately 2,200 students located in Mount Berry, Georgia, 75 miles northwest of Atlanta. The King Center, or the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, is a non-profit organization established in 1968 committed to educating the world on the life, legacy, and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As part of this partnership, the GHD Foundation will provide financial support towards Berry College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Specifically, funding will, be directed to high impact diversity and inclusion initiatives including Ambassador Support, Campus Workshop Series, and mentoring/student support. The partnership with GHD Foundation is also complemented by existing GHD support including volunteering, work placement and internship opportunities for Berry College students.

The partnership was launched at a “Bias Challenge” workshop led by cultural consultant Vonnetta West, the first of several events this year developed by the Berry Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Joel Howell, GHD Foundation STEAM Working Group member, volunteer and GHD Inclusion & Diversity Leader for Americas and EMEA, said, “With both GHD and GHD Foundation prioritising the commitment of lasting community benefit, the partnership with Berry and The King Center enables both organisations to make a greater impact by exemplifying the important place that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion holds in shaping our communities.”

"This partnership aligns with the importance GHD Foundation places on diversity, equity and inclusion in education. Joel, Steven Davie and Pete Capponi have enabled a network of really meaningful community relationships and I loved the story they recently told me about how well the partnership event went, particularly Dr West’s challenge to check our biases and help find better ways to engage with and love our neighbors,” said Robert Davis, GHD Foundation Director.

*Article imagery courtesy of Berry College