Strategic Outreach and Diversity Initiatives (SODI) manages a variety of signature programs that serve targeted student population including first-generation students, under-served groups and students from rural/urban locations. The unit’s goal for program participants is to improve retention, enhance the opportunities for academic success and promote student engagement by providing academic support services, co-curricular programs, enrichment workshops throughout their college experience and beyond.

Signature Programs

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    Achieve Atlanta

    Achieve Atlanta partners with postsecondary institutions to help their students succeed through the following efforts: Connecting scholars with academic and social supports; Developing peer support networks for students and families; and Exchanging data to inform best practice and strengthen academic support.

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    Coca-Cola Scholars

    Coca-Cola First Generation and underrepresented students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholars program

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    REACH Georgia

    The Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia program is a state-wide initiative that financially supports the preparation of potential scholars beginning at the middle school level.

  • Thrive Program


    The nationally award-winning Thrive Program creates a community of engaged students who are able to transition more easily into their college experience, with support to help maintain the HOPE scholarship and stay on track to graduate. 

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    KSU is dedicated to increasing the retention, progression, and graduation rates for all Hispanic and Latino students with a proven, established program for over 12 years. The Hispanic and Latino Outreach & Leadership in Academics (HOLA) Program (formerly RRPG) provides dedicated cultural resources, academic support, mentorship, special assistance, and financial aid access uniquely tailored to the needs of this student population. While helping students develop a sense of community or what we call familia.