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Kennesaw State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
3391 Town Point Drive, MD 9111
Suite 1000
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
(470) 578-4636
Email address
School Information
"Kennesaw State University empowers students to seek, strive and succeed in academics and beyond. In addition to offering more than 150 degrees, KSU leads in innovative teaching and learning, and boasts two beautiful campuses, with nearly 41,000 students. The Owl Nation is home to a vibrant campus culture and is close enough to Atlanta for students to explore exciting events, fun activities and coveted career opportunities. We’re excited that you’ve chosen KSU as a springboard for your future, where you’ll soar to new heights" (Source: The university's student to faculty ratio is 21 to 1. The university was founded in 1963 and the campus is 602 acres large.
General Information
Kennesaw has enacted numerous DEI and anti-racist initiatives, including the creation of the Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence and the Presidential Task Force on Race. Kennesaw offers diversity training to students, faculty, and staff on an optional basis. Numerous DEI events are hosted regularly and the university offers several courses that discuss critical race theory, racism, and inclusion. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Kennesaw offers an Anti-Racism Series as one of its training programs.
  • Diversity Ambassador Training Sessions are offered to students.
  • The Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence "fulfills this commitment through class presentations, affirmative action planning, and training on recruiting and hiring a diverse faculty and staff workforce."
  • The Cultural and Community Centers provide "workshops which create supportive spaces for students to engage in meaningful conversations around issues of diversity and inclusion."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Kennesaw states that it has "launched Phase II of the Presidential Task Force on Race: Accountability and Implementation" and that "during this phase committee members are tasked with establishing actionable steps, identifying campus partners with the requisite content expertise to support, guide and implement recommendations related to the Curriculum, Faculty, Staff and Students."
  • The Presidential Task Force on Race Reporting for 2022-2023 includes a recommendation to "[i]nfuse race as appropriate into existing courses across all disciplines." The recommendation also states that "[t]he infusion of race across disciplines opens up an opportunity for all programs to envision how race can be a part of their curriculum."
  • As part of the B.S. in Integrated Health Science, students from the lower division are required to take "Cultural Competence in the Human Services" which is a "foundation required course in human diversity [that] enhances students’ abilities to understand, evaluate, and provide culturally sensitive and competent human services to members of diverse groups." 
Program and Research Funding
  • Kennesaw's Strategic Outreach and Diversity Initiatives offers programs such as Achieve Atlanta Scholars, Coca-Cola Scholars, REACH Georgia and Thrive.
  • Kennesaw offers Diversity Scholarships Resources.
  • On January 26, 2021, Kennesaw announced the creation of the Radow Institute for Social Equity.
  • The goal of the Diversity Research Grant is to "support scholarly work and creative activities that intersect with the mission of the Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence (DDIE) as well as further individual scholarship goals."
  • The Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) program at KSU is a "preeminent undergraduate research training scholarship program with the goal of increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups who pursue Ph.D. degrees and research careers in the biomedical sciences." The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health. 
  • The Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) at Kennesaw State University is a "is a collaborative effort sustained by a coalition of higher education institutions in Georgia to significantly increase the number of underrepresented minority students statewide who complete undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields."
  • Kennesaw has a Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence which hosts numerous relationships under its "Strategic Outreach and Diversity Initiatives" and "Student Diversity Ambassadors Program." Faculty and staff programs are also offered, such as "Diversity Liaisons" and "Faculty Research Fellows."
  • Kennesaw has created a Presidential Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity.
  • Kennesaw offers Presidential Diversity Awards.
  • Kennesaw has a Cultural Awareness and Resource Center which "uses engaging student programs to create and sustain an inclusive environment that promotes educational excellence through multicultural experiences."
  • On October 6, 2021, Kennesaw hosted an event titled the "Racial Healing Handbook Book Chat."
  • Kennesaw offers an Inclusive Excellence Cohort Certificate Program.
  • Kennesaw's College of the Arts has a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee which is tasked to "promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across all channels at Kennesaw State University.
  • The Bagwell College of Education provides resources for "supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion."
  • The Coles College of Business enlists "Strategic Diversity Initiatives," including its goal to "actively engage in diversity, equity and inclusion practices through the implementation of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices."
  • KSU offers a course titled "Race, Gender, and the Politics of Difference" which utilizes Critical Race Theory and is described as follows: "This course examines contemporary theories and politics of 'difference,' broadly understood as institutionalized hierarchies which marginalize and oppress certain groups and inhibit their political power. Students use race, gender, sexuality, and class as intersecting analytical frameworks to understand how multiple hierarchies of difference are structured and reproduced in the political process. Using critical race, feminist, queer, and political theory, students explore how political dynamics are shaped by difference."
  • KSU outlines all of the 2020-2023 objectives and initiatives of its "Presidential Task Force on Race Reporting."
  • The Advisory Council on Race and Ethnicity recommends "appropriate initiatives, mechanisms, forums, and/or events for a continuing dialogue on issues of race and ethnicity on the KSU campus."
Symbolic Actions
  • Within the Department of Geography and Anthropology, a message was released stating, "I wanted to let you know that the faculty in our Department are listening as our nation simultaneously faces multiple crises. We know that the pandemic and high unemployment rates have weighed heavily on students, and the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the threats on Christian Cooper have only added pain and distress for black students and students of color."
Last updated November 16th, 2023
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