Kennesaw State University Examines, Embraces Diversity on a Personal Level

Although Kennesaw State University (KSU) is a relatively young institution at only 52 years old,…

Georgia (Nov 18, 2015)Although Kennesaw State University (KSU) is a relatively young institution at only 52 years old, its history is complex. Located in metropolitan Atlanta, Ga., the university utilizes its history and connection to the community to serve students of all backgrounds through awareness and understanding.


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“I think it’s very easy to … not recognize and understand the kinds of struggles and commitments that are necessary to make diversity meaningful in everyday practices and the overall structure of an institution,” says Dr. Nathalia Jaramillo, deputy chief diversity officer at KSU.

In order to understand its own dynamic past, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at KSU, led by the university’s Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Erik Malewski, began documenting the history of diversity at KSU. Through interviews with 14 faculty and staff members — who have worked on campus anywhere from eight to 30 years — the ODI is compiling a chronicle of the university’s past that it hopes will inform its future.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. 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