Solomons announce $25,000 diversity, equity, and inclusion legacy gift and $6,000 scholarship for students of color at Georgia Southern University

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The Solomon family reside just outside Atlanta and are the owners of SOLOmedia Communications. Both Reine ('06) and Shaheen ('07) are alumni of the College of Arts and Humanities at Georgia Southern University. The scholarship and legacy gifts they've created go to support students of color and diversity, equity, and inclusion at the university. Left to right, Jordyn, Reine, Amara, Shaheen, and Elijah.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Shaheen and Reine Solomon announced the creation of a $25,000 legacy gift to support training and development in diversity, equity, and inclusion for faculty, staff, and students at Georgia Southern University. 

 

“Shaheen and Reine bring strong values and deep dedication to their legacy gift as well as their work as volunteer leaders on behalf of the University, and I am deeply grateful for their commitment to Georgia Southern University,” said Dr. TaJuan R. Wilson, chief diversity officer. “Their legacy gift will make possible critical Inclusive Excellence training and educational opportunities that are essential to our future. As we strive to make Southern a fully inclusive community, we are fortunate to have their partnership.”

 

The legacy gift will serve as an endowment and live into perpetuity at the university - with its annual percentage yield being used to support the initiatives set forth and by the Chief Diversity Officer. 

"As black alumni, we want to ensure that the road to success is more accessible to the people from underrepresented communities that come after us,” said Reine Solomon. “We are happy to support in funding the Solomon Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative to ensure that faculty, students, and staff can access tools and resources to learn more about inclusivity and the importance of each individual’s roles in establishing a more equitable society.”

"As black alumni, we want to ensure that the road to success is more accessible to the people from underrepresented communities that come after us,” said Reine Solomon. “We are happy to support in funding the Solomon Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative to ensure that faculty, students, and staff can access tools and resources to learn more about inclusivity and the importance of each individual’s roles in establishing a more equitable society.”

 

For annual awarding, a $6,000 Shaheen and Reine Solomon Communications Arts Scholarship supporting minority students with financial need was created with an annual distribution of $1,200. 

"Both Reine and I are excited to support Georgia Southern University and its efforts to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution” said Shaheen Solomon. “These gifts have been created to assist with ongoing educational and cultural sensitivity training while supporting the achievements and advancements of students of color. Support such as this is essential and we hope that it will assist in the fight toward a more equitable future,” 

“The Department of Communication Arts appreciates having alumni recognize areas of need, and step forward to provide that support. Scholarships such as this one make a significant difference for students in being able to focus on and complete their education,” said Dr. Pamela Bourland-Davis, department chair and professor. “The selection process itself also recognizes the drive and determination of all students to succeed, just as alumni like the Solomons.”

 

Communication Arts is the largest department in the College of Arts and Humanities, offering undergraduate degrees in Communication Studies, Multimedia Film and Production, Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations and Theatre, as well as a graduate degree in Professional Communication and Leadership. 

 

"Both Reine and I are excited to support Georgia Southern University and its efforts to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution” said Shaheen Solomon. “These gifts have been created to assist with ongoing educational and cultural sensitivity training while supporting the achievements and advancements of students of color. Support such as this is essential and we hope that it will assist in the fight toward a more equitable future,” 

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