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    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 is proficient in quantitative and qualitative analysis using tools such as Excel, SPSS, and ATLAS.ti.

    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.

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      Erica Brown

      Diversity Specialist 

      Erica Brown joined the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in August 2017 as an Administrative Associate II. She assumed the position of Diversity Specialist in September 2019 having worked closely with KSU’s six Presidential Commissions and ODI’s Faculty Fellows Program. Erica has experience in diversity programming while creating healthy relationships with several internal and external constituents within the KSU community.

      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. Erica has a passion for bringing together individuals to create supportive environments that is inclusive of all backgrounds.

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        Natasha Robertson

        Executive Administrative Assistant

        Natasha Robertson assumed the position of Executive Administrative Assistant in September of 2019. Prior to joining Kennesaw State, Robertson served as Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer at Morehouse School of Medicine. Robertson has an extensive background providing high-level administrative support to executives in higher education and non-profit organizations.

        Robertson has served as a member on the admissions selection committee. Robertson also coordinated the shared services and renovation task force projects. Robertson is very tech savvy with expert skills and experience operating office equipment and navigating computer software including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Visio, Concur, SharePoint and Adobe Acrobat.

        Robertson holds a bachelor in Psychology from Daemen College. Robertson enjoys writing poetry, photography, and financial management.