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, Jaramillo 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). Jaramillo 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, Jaramillo held legislative and administrative positions. Jaramillo 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, McDowell served in various roles in higher education in both public and private institutions. McDowell'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. McDowell 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, McDowell worked for several years in public and non-profit health and human services agencies.

    McDowell 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. McDowell enjoys seeing new places, meeting new people, and exploring new ideas and experiences.

    • Mashaun D. 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 in 2013. 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.

      • Danielle Porter

        Administrative Associate III

        Danielle Porter joined the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as Administrative Associate III in August 2017. Prior to joining Kennesaw State, Porter served as an Executive Assistant at NC State University in the Office for Outreach & Engagement and Industry Expansion Solutions. Porter earned a Bachelor's in Education from the University of Georgia and worked several years as an early childhood educator. Porter's passion for diversity and inclusion stems from the values she instilled in her students and practices in her daily life. Porter enjoys travel, cooking and her Georgia Bulldogs! 

        • Erica Brown

          Administrative Associate II

          Erica Brown joined the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in August 2017. Brown earned a Bachelor’s in Communications from Savannah State University in 2014 and a Master’s in Human Resources from Central Michigan University in 2017. An active member in her local community, Brown has a passion for helping others and hopes to impact positive change and fairness for all through her lived examples.

          • Darien Todd

            Academy Intern

            Darien Todd joined the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in August 2017 through a partnership with KSU's Academy of Inclusive Learning and Social Growth. Todd is in his third year with the Academy and majoring in Fashion Design at KSU. His passions are learning new things, meeting new people, and sharing in conversation with people different from him. When he graduates, Todd hopes to split his time helping others while working in the fashion industry.

            • Erik Riefe

              Academy Peer Mentor 

              Erik Reife joined the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in August 2017 through a partnership with KSU's Academy of Inclusive Learning and Social Growth. Reife is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Enigeneering at KSU. His passions are empowering and assisting others who need assistance. He hopes to one day work on breakthrough renewable energy technology as well as utilizing his experiences in ODI to help others achieve their personal goals. 

               

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