Kennesaw State and Clark Atlanta partner in diversity program
Across the U.S.‚ urban schools with large minority populations suffer from a shortage of qualified teachers‚ but Kennesaw State and Clark Atlanta students are working to boost those numbers.
(Apr 20, 2006) — Across the U.S.‚ urban schools with large minority populations suffer from a shortage
of qualified teachers‚ but Kennesaw State and Clark Atlanta students are working to
boost those numbers.
The two groups have met for the last two years as part of the Diversity Exchange Project begun by Michael Ross‚ assistant professor of middle grades education at KSU. Recently‚ 10 students from each school came together for two days to discuss teacher education and student−teaching experiences.
“When we go to Clark‚ we spend the entire day in their education classes‚ eat lunch together and hang out on their campus to really get a feel for the historically black college campus‚” Ross said. “Then they come here‚ and we do the same thing. The culmination of the project happens when we meet for dinner to discuss the exchange and what the students got out of it‚ what was different‚ what was alike.”
Ross’ goal is to expose his students‚ who are predominately white‚ to a more diverse setting.
“I have a lot of students who are interested in teaching in an urban school and interested in working with an urban population‚ which is typically minority‚” Ross said. “But they don’t have the comfort level and/or exposure to those situations‚ so hopefully this program will provide insight to that realm.”
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.