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    Sonia J. Toson, JD, MBA, CDP

    Chief Diversity Officer

    Sonia J. Toson is the Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence at Kennesaw State University. She served as KSU’s interim chief diversity officer prior to accepting this position. She previously served as the director of diversity relations in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. She holds a faculty appointment as a tenured Associate Professor of Law in the School of Accountancy and her teaching areas include the Legal Environment of Business, Negotiation Theory, Strategy, and Practice, and Employment Law. She is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned her B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures. She received both her Juris Doctorate and her Master of Business Administration from American University in Washington, DC. Dr. Toson has been a licensed attorney in the State of Georgia since 2001. Before beginning a career in academia, she spent 8 years in private practice specializing in Entrepreneurship Law, Real Estate and Construction Law. Her research interests include the intersection between the law and social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, social responsibility and the legal environment of sports, and pedagogical aspects of the study of law and negotiation.

    • Johniqua Williams

      Dr. Johniqua Williams

      Deputy Chief Diversity Officer

      Dr. Johniqua Williams joins Kennesaw State University as the Diversity Curriculum Specialist in Fall 2021. With over twelve years of experience within diversity, she has a collaborative and intentional approach to creating an inclusive synergy and development between practice and partnership.  Dr. Williams provides engaging learning experiences for organizations of all sizes. Her workshops and trainings help participants identify hidden barriers to success for diverse talent caused by unconscious bias and create more inclusive work environments where diversity thrives so that the concepts of “diversity and inclusion” are more than just buzzwords.

      Dr. Williams has devoted her career to her passion for equity and social justice, specifically through her work in diversity, civil rights, and inclusion. Previously, Dr. Williams served Columbus State University as the institution's lead for the Office of Diversity Programs and Services, working collaboratively to provide services that promote successful university experiences for a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Dr. Williams was primarily responsible for creating an inclusive environment through recruitment, training, and activity planning. In addition, she served as a professor out of the college of letters and science, teaching social justice and equity courses.

      Dr. Williams is a Colorado native, initially from Denver. Her academic career began at Johnson C. Smith University, a Historically Black College University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she received her bachelor's in Social Work. Followed by her Masters in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs from Central Michigan University. Completing her academic tenure, she obtained an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Development.

      • Jaime Fulsang

        Jaime Fulsang

        Director of Training and Development

        Jaime Fulsang joined the Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence at Kennesaw State University in April 2023.  In her role, she seeks creative and engaging ways to develop leadership, inclusivity, and excellence among the faculty, staff, and students of Kennesaw State University.  

        Jaime began her professional career in higher education in 2019 when she joined Kennesaw State University in a communications role. Since then, she has served the KSU community as a Staff Senator and as Staff Senate President from 2021-2022.

        Jaime grew up in a military family so she has lived and enjoys traveling all over the world.  She now calls Marietta home but makes plenty of time to explore new places. Jaime earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Asbury University in Christian Education as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University. 

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          Jasmine Jackson

          Associate Director of Training and Events

          Jasmine Hope Jackson joined the Owl Nation in 2018 as a graduate student intern and progressed to a full-time role with the Division of Student Affairs. She served as the Director of Student Success for Coles College of Business’ Center for Student Success before joining the Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence in October 2023 as the Associate Director of Training and Events.


          After receiving her bachelor’s degree from University of Georgia’s renown Grady College of Journalism, she spent several years in ministry, dance, and non-profit roles. Recalling the professionals who bolstered her college experience, she was stirred to transition and completed her Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Mercer University. Presently, she is a budding scholar within Georgia State University’s doctoral program in communication with research interests in communicating across difference and media effects in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) youth including parasocial relationships with media characters.


          Jasmine is a third generation Atlantan living in Marietta where she and her family engage in ongoing community building and service.


          • Jennifer Hoyt

            Dr. Jennifer Hoyt

            Strategic Business Data Anaylst

            Dr. Jennifer Hoyt joined the Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence as the Diversity Planning Analyst in May 2021. A former assistant professor of Latin American History, Dr. Hoyt chose to pursue a new career where she could focus on diversity and inclusivity. As the Diversity Planning Analyst, Dr. Hoyt tracks and assesses the Division’s various programs as well as oversees data collection and reporting for KSU’s Affirmative Action Plan. Her insights attest to the Division’s effectiveness and help identify new paths forward.

            Dr. Hoyt brings to the Division a genuine curiosity about the world and a desire to build diverse and inclusive spaces. In the classroom, Dr. Hoyt worked to show students a more complex understanding of Latin America and Latin American identity. She led program development and assessment in higher ed. She also advocated for non-dominant students and has been active in local politics in Rome, GA. In addition to race and ethnicity, Dr. Hoyt has particular interest in gender and disability issues.

            Dr. Hoyt is a Georgia native, originally from Savannah. She attended the University of Georgia where she majored in history and minored in Spanish. Dr. Hoyt continued her studies at the University of Texas at Austin where she completed a Masters and a Ph.D. in Latin American history. During that time, Dr. Hoyt regularly traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for research and visited other parts of South America. She taught history and Latin American studies at Samford University and Berry College before completing a data analytics certificate and joining KSU.

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              Christina Puckett

              Business Data Analyst

              Christina Puckett joined the Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence in July 2020 as the Data Analyst for Strategic Outreach and Diversity Initiatives (SODI) and now serves as a Diversity Specialist focusing on data and research where she assists in the assessment of the Division’s programs and reporting for KSU’s Affirmative Action Plan.

              Christina began her career in higher education as the assistant director of the Science and Mathematics Academic Resources and Tutoring (SMART) Center at Kennesaw State University. Here she developed a passion for student success. After graduating with her Master’s, she started working as the Data Analyst for University College. In this role, she was able to work collaboratively with all units of the college, including SODI, to manage data and assess the services provided.

              Christina is a native of Woodstock, Georgia. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor’s in Mathematics and Masters of Science in Applied Statistics.

              • Ellori White

                Ellori N. White, M.S.

                Diversity Specialist

                Ellori White joined Kennesaw State University in the Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence in November 2021. With over seven years in University Housing, Ellori chose to follow her passion by focusing on diversity and inclusion. As the Diversity Specialist, Ellori oversees the Division’s Student Diversity Ambassadors Program, manages website and social media content, and coordinates marketing initiatives, programming and outreach to students, and Division signature events.

                Ellori White’s professional career started at Savannah State University, a HBCU (Historically Black College or University). However, while serving as an Area Coordinator at Auburn University, Ellori took an intentional shift in her career to become the Diversity and Inclusion Chair for the department. Through her position, Ellori collaborated with colleagues to provide engaging DEI workshops and training for student leaders, recruitment and retention practices to increase BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) student representation and, established signature programming in support of the department’s DEI efforts. Ellori also served as a First-Year Seminar Instructor and Leader-Shape Facilitator, teaching college readiness and inclusive leadership. Her additional experience includes advisement, student-staff supervision, conference presenting, campus partner collaborations, event management, and public relations.

                Ellori is a native of Georgia, specifically the Stone Mountain area. She is a two-time graduate from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL, with a bachelor’s in Communications and a Master of Science concentrating in Student Leadership. She is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., and additionally, holds certifications in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and the University of South Florida.

                • Miacko Thompson

                  Miacko Thompson

                  Business Operations Manager

                  Miacko Thompson joined the Strategic Outreach & Diversity Initiatives department within the Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence at Kennesaw State University in January 2022.  In her role as Business Operations Manager, Miacko assists with the development and management of the division operating budgets, foundation accounts, and grants.  She effectively develops, analyzes, and communicates essential financial information, policies, and processes within the division that ensure compliance with university, state, and federal regulations.  

                  Miacko began her professional career in higher education in 2006 where she managed the business operations for the College of Business and Public Affairs at Alabama A&M University.  She then joined the Study Abroad team at Georgia State University as a Business Affairs Coordinator managing the program accounts for the College of Arts and Sciences.

                  Miacko is a native of Chicago, Illinois but has traveled and lived in various places within the United States and was fortunate to travel throughout Japan and South Korea while living in Sasebo, Japan.  She earned a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership as well as a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University.