Bridging global cultures

According to dictionary.com‚ diversity is defined as “the state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness.” Nearly 200 people who more than likely fall into this category came together for Kennesaw State University’s annual Diversity Celebration Luncheon Aug. 23. This year’s program‚ “Bridging Global Cultures” featured a panel discussion of international faculty members living in and between diverse cultures. Moderated by Sabine Smith‚ associate professor of German studies‚ she asked the panelists to speak about how their culturally diverse backgrounds and cultural competencies have influenced their teaching‚ service and scholarship while at Kennesaw State.(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Aug 30, 2007) — According to dictionary.com‚ diversity is defined as “the state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness.” Nearly 200 people who more than likely fall into this category came together for Kennesaw State University’s annual Diversity Celebration Luncheon Aug. 23.

This year’s program‚ “Bridging Global Cultures” featured a panel discussion of international faculty members living in and between diverse cultures. Moderated by Sabine Smith‚ associate professor of German studies‚ she asked the panelists to speak about how their culturally diverse backgrounds and cultural competencies have influenced their teaching‚ service and scholarship while at Kennesaw State.

Panelists included Robin Crawford‚ lecturer of sociology‚ May Hongmei Gao‚ assistant professor of communication‚ Katarina Gephardt‚ assistant professor of English‚ Darina Lepadatu‚ assistant professor of sociology and Federica Santini‚ assistant professor of Italian. They were from countries that include China‚ Slovakia‚ Italy‚ Romania and the United States.

During the program‚ attendees also heard from KSU President Daniel S. Papp‚ who emphasized the importance of diversity as well as the university’s commitment to this issue.

“Why is diversity so critical to Kennesaw State‚ the USG (University System of Georgia)‚ and every institution in higher education?” he asked. “Because it is the right thing to do and we can all learn from each other. Diversity continues to be one of the core competencies at KSU.”

The luncheon was sponsored by the division of Legal Affairs and Diversity. For upcoming diversity events‚ visit www.kennesaw.edu/diversity.


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