Enhance your Grizzly experience! Join a student organization, participate in diversity or leadership training. Just get involved.
Signature programs offer students an array of educational, cultural and social activities. These co-curricular activities foster meaningful relationships between students, faculty and staff, and strengthen our connection to the institution.
GGC Reads, the campus-wide common reading program, provides a positive reading experience and reinforces reading as an integral part of the college experience. Year-long programming and opportunities to engage with fellow students, faculty and staff foster a sense of community and connect classroom and out-of-classroom experiences in an enjoyable way.
Grizzly Days welcomes and supports first-year and transfer students transitioning into the academic community and celebrates our returning students during the official first week of each academic semester.
- Learn more about campus
- Meet fellow students
- Grab some great food and giveaways
- Invite your friends and show your Claw Card to attend.
- Visit Student Involvement (Student Center, E-3120) for more information or log onto Get Involved.
Fall brings Grizzlyfest – A GGC Homecoming where the campus celebrates current students, returning alumni, and connections with faculty, staff and community partners.
The Grizzly Growl Speaker Series focuses on GGC's four pillars – leadership, scholarship, service and creativity – with events occurring during the spring and fall semesters. A committee of students, faculty and staff select speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds, disciplines and perspectives to invite world-class thinkers, writers, scholars and opinion-leaders who know that GGC is where ideas are freely expressed and learning is a continuous process of being challenged and inspired.
Here are a few past speakers:
- Ken Carter, author, activist, philanthropist and the inspiration for the film "Coach Carter"
- Myra Sky, professional singer, NBC's 11Alive personality and community influencer
- Kandi Burruss, Grammy award winning singer/songwriter, TV star, executive producer and entrepreneur
- Jason Carter, lawyer, former Georgia State Senator and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter
- Dr. Bettina Love, award-winning author and associate professor of educational theory and practice at the University of Georgia
- Mackey McCandlish, game designer
- Sheryl Lee Ralph, actress, singer and HIV/AIDS activist
Address human and community needs in a wide array of experiences that tackle systematic barriers to equality and inclusiveness, promote social and civic responsibility, and offer opportunities for dialogue and reflection.
The Alternative Service Break program offers community-based projects during GGC’s semester breaks, and participants spend a week learning and addressing a social issue affecting a specific community in a domestic or international location.
- Enhance your knowledge of social issues.
- Gain new perspectives by learning about others’ lived experiences.
- Cultivate problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
- Reflect on your experience through daily activities like journaling, video diaries and group discussions.
- Understand your role as an empowered and positive change agent in our society.
The Alternative Service Break program empowers individuals through intentional service, personal growth, leadership and genuine human connection. The program also prioritizes allyship with community partners so that participants gain a deeper understanding the world's social issues that inspires them as more empathetic and socially active individuals.
Past Travels and Activities
- Washington, DC, 2020: focused on the intersections of poverty, gentrification and racial justice
- New Orleans, Louisiana 2019: focused on housing insecurity
- Orlando, Florida 2018: focused on sustainability and human care
For more information or questions about the Alternative Service Break program, how to get involved or how to serve as a student trip leader, email @email.
Grizzlies Serve volunteer opportunities enrich classroom learning by putting theory into practice. Students gain knowledge and experience, learn the importance of civic responsibilities, and contribute services and goods that strengthen area communities.
Additional engagement opportunities offer classroom training, dialogue about social issues and injustices, collaboration with faculty through service-learning projects, volunteer activities and voter registration drives.
Cultural and diversity programs promote awareness, advocacy and cross-cultural communication, preparing students to thrive and lead in our global society. Participants gain an understanding of diverse and global perspectives through reflective, exploratory and experiential activities. These activities increase understanding of self-identity, biases and assumptions; enhance knowledge of other cultures and systems of inequality; and develop advocacy skills to eradicate inequalities at the micro, meso and macro levels.
The GGC community promotes month-long awareness opportunities to celebrate and observe histories, cultures and contributions of groups linked by common social identities.
- January: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration and MLK Day of Service
- February: Black History
- March: Women’s History
- May: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
- September: Hispanic Heritage
- October: LGBT History (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)
Spring semester brings Diversity Education Week with events and activities that equip students with culturally competent skills, promote relationship building and provide opportunities for courageous conversations about issues affecting our local and global communities.
Safe Space Training educates the campus about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) + communities as well as increases the visible presence of LGBT+ allies to foster inclusion.
Students, faculty and staff participants learn appropriate terminology, issues affecting LGBT+ communities and advocacy strategies to reduce systematic barriers to equality and inclusiveness.
After completion, display your Safe Space Training certificate and/or sticker to show that you are an ally for LGBT+ students, colleagues and friends.
- Enhance awareness of heterosexual privilege.
- Identify strategies to combat homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism.
- Understand LGBT+ terms.
- Describe the role of an ally.
- Identify challenges faced by the LGBT+ communities.
- Engage in self-reflection to recognize how environmental, cultural and personal values impact relationships with the LGBT+ community.
Training occurs throughout the academic year, or you may request a session for individual organizations and departments. Contact Student Involvement for more information.
Emerging, intermediate and advanced leaders are encouraged to take advantage of Student Involvement leadership development programs. Cultivate your leadership skills to advance both personally and professionally.
The Grizzly LEAD (Leadership, Education, Action, Development) Conference is a multi-day, off-campus experience designed to inspire and develop abilities and skills that empower students to become effective and respected leaders.
Events offer discussions and keynotes from thought-leaders and well-known speakers at locations like Calloway Gardens Lodge and Spa, in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Applications begin during the fall semester for conference attendance the next spring semester.
Contact Student Involvement to learn more about the next conference and the fall semester application process.
The GOLD Certificate Program prepares students for college and community leadership roles and responsibilities by providing education and training through a series of personal development programs, institutes and volunteer activities.
- Attendance/participation in at least four required workshops/experiences applicable to their personal growth and development
- Attendance/participation in two optional workshops/experiences
- Submission of reflective journal after completing eight workshops/experiences that include written reflections after each activity and/or experience
Required Workshops/Experiences (minimum of four)
- Grizzly LEAD Conference: Attend the annual, off-campus event designed to help individuals develop leadership skills and abilities.
- GOLD Session: Participate in leadership development from a series of sessions covering a broad range of topics.
- Diversity Training: Complete a diversity training session (i.e., Safe Space Training) sponsored by Student Involvement or Diversity and Equity Compliance to enhance cultural competency.
- Service Learning Institute: Participate in the one-day institute focusing on volunteerism, social issues and benefits of service.
- Presentations: Present at a local, state or national conference, workshop, etc.
Elective Workshops/Experiences (minimum of two)
- Join a Registered Student Organization (RSO) or accept a leadership position within a student group.
- Volunteer at least five hours (hours must be verified by Student Involvement).
- Attend a Career Services Etiquette Dinner (verification signature required from Career Services).
- Get resume reviewed by Career Services (verification signature required from Career Services).
Participation in the GOLD Certificate Program will be denoted on the students’ involvement report (co-curricular transcript). Students who meet all requirements of the certificate are encouraged to pursue subsequent, more progressive certificate tracks and are recognized at a public program where they receive their certificate.
Participation in registered student organizations (RSOs) compels students to apply classroom lessons to experience-driven learning environments marked by communication, critical thinking, collaboration, decision-making, project execution, leadership and assessment. And it’s fun.
GGC offers over 100 registered student organizations with varying interests and goals. Don’t see anything that interests you, then start your own organization.
Types of RSOs
- Honor societies
- Political, social and multicultural organizations
- Spiritual and religious
- Community service
Benefits of RSOs
- Access to shared RSO office space with computer, printer and phone
- Official use of the Georgia Gwinnett College name
- Student activity fee funding
- Option of planning events and reserving space on campus
- Participation in official GGC events and activity fairs
- Access to exclusive leadership retreats and workshops
- Support from Student Involvement
The Student Government Association (SGA) advocates the interests of GGC students, and fosters the development of emerging leaders and civic-minded individuals.
The student-run Greenlight Activities Board plans, advertises and staffs campus events for students … events like comedic acts, movies, concerts, lectures and other special events.
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