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Kennesaw State recognizes individuals who contribute to a welcoming campus environment

Kennesaw State recognizes individuals who contribute to a welcoming campus environment



(Apr 25, 2022)
Three faculty members and staff from Kennesaw State University and two students were interviewed.
Recognized with the 2022 Presidential Diversity Awards in recognition of their service and contributions
To create an inclusive and welcoming campus environment

Pictured from left: Mary Margaret Cornwell (left), Jay Powell, Olivia Maley (right), President
Kathy Schwaig, Ivan Pulinkala

The University hosted the ninth annual awards ceremony on April 20.
Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence

Kennesaw State President Kathy is part of the university’s Roadmap for R2 Success.
Schwaig enlarged the strategic goals of the institution by adding a pillar.
on advancing community, culture. The pillar highlights, among other provisions.
It is important to foster a sense of belonging on campus.
There is a wide marketplace of ideas. 

These awards allow us to recognize the contributions of our employees.
Faculty, staff, students, and others who are committed to the campus community.
I am proud to be a research fellow and honoree, and I am proud.
Schwaig stressed the importance of commitment. Schwaig stressed the importance of creating a diverse campus.
We will create an environment in our strategic plans and take deliberate steps to achieve it.
Our community can be strengthened and our students better supported

The recipients of this years award are: 

R.O.H. R.O.H.
Sydnee Goode, junior major in choral music education

Carol J. Pope Award for Distinction in Disability Strategies and Resources
Mary Margaret Cornwell is a librarian assistant and undergraduate support librarian.
Library science 

Teresa M. Joyce Award of Excellence for LGBTQ Initiatives
Olivia Maley, Campus Awareness Resource and Empowerment Services case manager

Student Diversity Award
Jay Powell, senior, geospatial science major

R.C. Paul Excellence in Sustainability for Sustainable Development
Britt Pickering, director at OwlSwap Sustainability Initiative

Sonia J. Toson shared her appreciation as the University’s interim chief of diversity officers
for the faculty, staff students and community partners who support the divisions
Mission to celebrate diversity

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The Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence strives to foster inclusive learning
A work environment that promotes understanding of and appreciation for difference
Toson stated that Toson is a champion of initiatives, programs, services and training. We celebrate
The diversity and excellence of our community is a source of inspiration. We can all learn from each other.
Respect for your fellow humans

Natalie Gaar
Photo by David Caselli

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Kennesaw State University is a leader for innovative teaching and learning. Nearly 43,000 students can choose from undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degrees. Kennesaw State University is a member of The University System of Georgia. It has 11 colleges on two campuses in Atlanta. 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) which places it among the elite group of only 6 per cent of U.S. colleges or universities with an R1 status or R2. For more information, visit

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