“The time is always right to do what is right.” –Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
While serving as chair for GLOBES at the University of Georgia, I drafted the original proposal that called for a non-state funded domestic partner benefits program. Even though I am no longer a part of that organization, I intend to help finish what I started because it's long overdue.
When the proposal is fully implemented, a program will be created to provide equal benefits for all eligible employees who have registered domestic partners.
The proposal has already been approved by the UGA Human Resources Committee, the UGA Executive Committee and the University Council.
Former UGA President, Dr. Michael Adams authorized a portion of the proposal before leaving the university. However, he failed to authorize the full program. His successor President Jere Morehead and the UGA Foundation have announced that they will not help pursue a fully funded program.
Members of the UGA community have been trying to get domestic partners benefits passed for over 10 years. This is not only an equal pay for equal work issue but implementing the program would send a message that our University truly believes in real diversity that only equality brings.
Ten out of twelve of our comparator peer institutions such as the University of Florida and the University of Arizona offer equal benefits to employees with domestic partners. These schools have proven that, when there is an institutional commitment, these benefits CAN be offered at schools located in states that bar the use of state dollars for this purpose.
With the recent Supreme Court rulings, people in Georgia are more enthusiastic about the pursuit of equality than ever before.
There is an opportunity for UGA to lead the way in making sure that all employees are treated equally and fairly.
I am asking for your help to put UGA on a course to make history yet again. When UGA desegregated in 1961 other institutions in Georgia and throughout the Deep South followed the flagship.
Please implore UGA to once again end discrimination on our campus.
Please show your support for a non-state funded domestic partner benefits program at the University of Georgia by signing this petition.
Thank you for your help,
Ms. Ricky Roberts, MSW
UGA Staff Member