Academy for Inclusive Learning hosts mentoring day



Partnership promotes career development for students with disabilities

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct 28, 2016) — The Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth at Kennesaw State University recently hosted its third annual “Disability Mentoring Day,” a nationwide effort to promote career development for students with disabilities.

The event focused on networking skills and was hosted in partnership with Amerigroup Community Care, a Georgia statewide provider of Medicaid managed care services. During the event, the Academy was awarded a $22,000 grant by Amerigroup to fund student scholarships.

“The panel discussion led by Amerigroup Georgia executives gave our students an excellent opportunity to further enhance their networking skills and professional relationships with individuals in the community,” said Ibrahim Elsawy, executive director and associate professor of the Academy. “We would like to thank Amerigroup and its president, Fran Gary, for their continuous support and collaboration with us, which has impacted greatly our ability to help further opportunities for students with different abilities.

A panel of Amerigroup Georgia executives discussed their experiences with networking and offered advice and tips on how to avoid roadblocks to employment.

“Amerigroup Georgia is firmly committed to diversity recruitment and sustaining an inclusive workforce,” Amerigroup Georgia President Fran Gary said. “We proudly support Disability Mentoring Day and are pleased for the opportunity to continue our work with KSU’s Academy for Inclusive Learning to enhance career development and employment opportunities for students with disabilities.”


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