Staff

  • Dr. Erik Malewski

    Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of Curriculum Studies

    Erik L. Malewski is Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of Curriculum Studies at Kennesaw State University. Prior to his appointment, Malewski was Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies at Purdue University where he conducted research and taught courses focused on diversity, multiculturalism, equity, and global issues in education. Malewski has held leadership roles in national and international research organizations and is well published in prominent journals and texts. He has worked in educational equity, private industry, social service, and diversity consulting prior to his current role.

    Originally from metropolitan Detroit, Malewski holds a doctorate in curriculum from Pennsylvania State University, where he also earned a Master’s in Higher Education Administration. His Bachelor’s in Interpersonal, Intercultural, and Organizational Communication is from Loyola University Chicago.

  • Dr. Nathalia Jaramillo

    Deputy Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies 

    Nathalia E. Jaramillo is Deputy Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University. Prior to her appointment, Nathalia held faculty appointments at the University of Auckland New Zealand, Faculty of Education, School of Critical Studies (2011-2014) and Purdue University, College of Education, Department of Educational Studies (2007-2011). Nathalia collaborated closely with a number of departments at her respective institutions, conducted research and taught courses on social justice, critical theory, and critical methodologies.

    Prior to her faculty roles, Nathalia held legislative and administrative positions. Nathalia was born in Los Angeles and is the daughter of Colombian immigrants. Her native language is Spanish and she maintains close ties to Latin America. Nathalia holds a doctorate from the University of California Los Angeles in Urban Schooling. She received a Master’s in International Education Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of California Riverside. 

  • Dr. Laurie McDowell

     Diversity Planning Analyst

    Laurie McDowell assumed the position of Diversity Planning Analyst in February of 2015. Prior to joining Kennesaw State, Laurie served in various roles in higher education in both public and private institutions. Laurie's experience includes directing a university transfer and partnership program at a community college, writing grants, conducting training, directing the administrative planning and institutional research activities at a comprehensive university, and coordinating assessment activities at a non-profit university. Laurie has both chaired and served as a member on various committees including a multicultural task force and a diversity committee. In addition to her experience in higher education, Laurie worked for several years in public and non-profit health and human services agencies.

    Laurie holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Higher Education Administration from Barry University, a Masters in Health Services Administration, and a Bachelors in Political Science. Laurie enjoys seeing new places, meeting new people, and exploring new ideas and experiences.

    • Mashaun Simon, M.Div.

      Diversity Specialist

      Mashaun D. Simon joined the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as a Diversity Specialist in September 2015. A 2009 graduate of Kennesaw State University, Simon earned a Masters of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Prior to joining the office, the Atlanta native worked in the Office of Advanced Professional Studies at Columbia Theological Seminary. A former print and new media journalist, Simon’s bylines have been published in print and online periodicals such as the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Black Enterprise Magazine. Currently, Simon is a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and an ordained minister. His passion for diversity and inclusion is born from his own experiences in tackling prejudice. In addition, he has a lifelong concern for marginalized communities. Much of his research focuses on race, sexuality, identity and faith.

      • Debra Hill

        Administrative Associate III

        Debra Hill is the Administrative Associate III to the Chief Diversity Officer.  She became a member of the office in December 2011 to further her administrative career after working in the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University since 2008.  Prior to that time, she worked for senior leaders in a variety of industries in the corporate field.

        In the course of her work supporting the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Debra has the opportunity to interact with many individuals who work effortlessly towards the goals and high standards of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  This interaction continues to influence her professional and personal growth along with training programs completed through KSU’s Center for University Learning.  In her leisure time, Debra enjoys reading and gardening as well as being a mom to two sons.

        • Mary Zaher

          Administrative Associate II

          Mary Zaher, Administrative Associate II, graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and a minor in Peace Studies. She joined the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in April 2015 due to her passion for diversity and cross-cultural understanding. Prior to joining the office, Mary interned for the Democracy Program at The Carter Center and worked as a senior teller at JPMorgan Chase Bank. She is fluent in Arabic, her native language. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, gardening, and learning about history, science, and politics.

           

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