The Working Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence

The Working Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence will lead the development of short- and longer-term strategies for diversity, equity and inclusive excellence at Brenau University. To ensure this is a sustainable effort, these strategies will inform the university’s new strategic plan, which is the document that will drive Brenau’s direction and mission for the foreseeable future. 

This group includes members from across the university, including students and alumni and is chaired by Interim Executive Director for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Dr. Margie Gill.

Dr. Margie Gill

Dr. Margie Gill

Dr. Margie Gill is a proud 2010 graduate of the Clinical Counseling Psychology master’s program at Brenau University. Gill is a board-certified licensed psychotherapist and nationally credentialed clinical supervisor for students and mental health professionals. She has been with the university for the past 11 years and is currently an associate professor, assistant clinic director at the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services in Gainesville and Norcross, academic fieldwork placement coordinator, and community relations coordinator for the Psychology Department. She also serves as student advisor for both the Black Student Association and the Psi Chi National Honor Society. 

Gill earned her Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia. While attending UGA, she also earned a certification in diversity, equity and inclusion. Gill is the executive director of Tabitha’s House Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides direct-care services, mental health counseling and resources to survivors of human trafficking, victims of crime, underserved communities and marginalized populations. Gill also serves on the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force work groups 7 (Survivors Supported And Protected) and 9 (Examining Domestic Adult Sex Trafficking). 

Gill is also the vice chair for the DeKalb County Juvenile Mental Health Court (Journey program) advisory board. Gill conducts workshops, training and presentations to increase awareness of mental health, human trafficking, diversity, equity and inclusion. Internationally, she assists in developing schools in countries in Latin America and Africa and was recently appointed (along with Dr. Phillip Haynes) by the Minister of Education of Rwanda as the main researchers to explore factors that impact educational achievement for the entire country. 

Gill is a professional member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, American Counselors Association, American Psychological Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Contact the Working Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence at diversity@brenau.edu.