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Racial and Ethnic Dialogue

Commission Purpose and Charge

The purpose of the Presidential Commission on Racial and Ethnic Dialogue is to shape appropriate plans, mechanisms, forums, and/or events for a continuing dialogue on issues of race and ethnicity on the KSU campus. With KSU’s changing demography, and our increasing focus on diversity, internationalism, and multiculturalism, the commission is tasked with:

  1. Addressing sensitive racial, religious, and linguistic concerns that exist on campus;

  2. Fashioning a proactive set of conversations and initiatives to guide the university's strategic emphases;

  3. Advising the President and the Chief Diversity Officer on approaches that can contribute to KSU' s goals of becoming a national leader in the higher education community with regard to how it tackles dialogue and issues; and

  4. Identifying and suggesting other activities, actions, and policies that will lead to an increased understanding and acceptance of diverse viewpoints and perspectives between and among different members and groups of KSU's diverse community. 

All Commissions are charged by and report to the President through the University's Chief Diversity Officer.

  • Academic Year 2016-2017

    Name

    Seneca Vaught (Chair)
    Catherine Odera (Associate Chair)
    Audrey Allison
    Donald Coleman
    Ernesto Silva
    Feland Meadows
    Guichun Zong
    Jesse Benjamin
    Judy Allen
    Kathryn Walkiewicz
    Mazida Khan
    Neysa L. Figueroa
    Nicole Simmons
    Philip Patterson
    Sarasij Majumder
    Theodore Bullard
    Yen Rodriguez

    Email

    svaught3@kennesaw.edu
    codera1@kennesaw.edu
    aalliso4@kennesaw.edu
    dcolem40@kennesaw.edu
    esilva@kennesaw.edu
    fmeadows@kennesaw.edu
    gzong@kennesaw.edu
    jbenjam2@kennesaw.edu
    jallen12@kennesaw.edu
    kwalkiew@kennesaw.edu
    mkhan15@kennesaw.edu
    nfiguero@kennesaw.edu
    nsimmon6@kennesaw.edu
    ppatte11@kennesaw.edu
    smajumde@kennesaw.edu
    tbullar1@kennesaw.edu
    yrodrig1@kennesaw.edu

    Student Representatives

    Ariel Greenaway (African and African Diaspora Studies Organization)
    Earnest Aaron (Anti-Assimilationist Non-Normative Students of KSU)
    Jaiva Crawford (African American Student Association)
    Ramona Devonish (Graduate Student Association)

  • January
    Date: January 19, 2017
    Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
    Location: SO 4060

    February
    Date: February 9, 2017
    Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
    Location: SO 4060

    March
    Date: March 9, 2017
    Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
    Location: SO 4060

    April
    Date: April 20, 2017
    Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
    Location: SO 4060

  • To request a copy of past meeting minutes, please email Mary Zaher, mzaher@kennesaw.edu.
  • • Difficult Dialogue Discussion Series: The commission was charged by President Papp to bring people together in an open forum to discuss topics that may be considered sensitive or taboo, such as racial differences and racism.  The goal of the discussion series was to also establish a stronger campus awareness of CORED.

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