Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

At Brenau, we know that an informed and genuine commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in action is how our halls of learning get better—and how our world gets broader. Our Working Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence leads the development of strategies for diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence at Brenau University. This group includes members from across the university, including students and alumni, and is focused on recommending widespread racial equity education, increasing diversity across the university, facilitating open conversations, and developing a process to address issues that conflict with our goals.

These strategies are a part of the university’s new strategic plan to foster culture of inclusion and belonging throughout the university community by:

• Providing meaningful intercultural experiences for all members of the Brenau community
• Committing to understanding and meeting the needs of a diverse student population in a changing world
• Developing and enhancing our commitment to serving students across the globe
• Nurturing an ethos of belonging for all in the Brenau community

“Brenau strives to create an inclusive
campus by having continuous conversations that unite the students, staff, faculty, alumni and community. We’ve made a commitment to acknowledge, respect and value diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in learning, living, working and serving others throughout the university. We want everyone to feel and know they are welcomed.”

— Margie Gill,
‘10 Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology Executive Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

Dr. Margie Gill, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Initiatives

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.