From Savannah to the world


From Savannah to the world

Find your place. After growing up in the Bahamas and earning her associate’s degree in Michigan, T’keyah Butler ’16 wanted a place to call home. She found Savannah State.

“It’s warm and welcoming,” says T’keyah. “SSU is all about family.”

She wanted others to feel just as welcome the moment they came to campus. That led this computer information systems major to join Savannah State’s International Students’ Association.

It’s just one way that Savannah State brings together different cultures and backgrounds on campus. Here, different is celebrated. Uniqueness is valued. And friendships are cultivated. The common ground: a university that pushes students to explore the world and discover their own greatness.

"I’m shy. But my professors never let me use that as an excuse not to take the lead or be out front. They pushed me. They brought out the best in me." – T’keyah Butler

Founded in 1890 to serve African-American students, the university is the oldest public historically black university in Georgia. Over the years, it has grown its mission to push for diversity and the inclusion of typically underrepresented students—from military veterans to international students.

Today, Savannah State is home to students from the Bahamas, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Colombia, El Salvador, France, Ghana, Guadeloupe, Iceland, India, Iran, the Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Korea, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Tunisia. And the list keeps growing.

Savannah State is bringing the Far East to the Deep South through a partnership with Jiujiang University in China’s Jiangxi province that provides faculty and staff with the opportunity to learn and study abroad. This partnership grew into the establishment of the Confucius Institute, which offers free Chinese language classes to the community and promotes enterprising business partnerships.

Savannah State University is the sixth academic institution in the state of Georgia and the third Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the nation to house a Confucius Institute.

T’keyah’s planning to return to the Bahamas and start her own company. No matter where she goes, she will always call Savannah State “home.” Seriously Impressive.

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