Strategic Outreach and Diversity Initiatives (SODI)

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Strategic Outreach and Diversity Initiatives (SODI) manages a variety of signature programs that serve targeted student population including first-generation students, under-served groups and students from rural/urban locations. The unit’s goal for program participants is to improve retention, enhance the opportunities for academic success and promote student engagement by providing academic support services, co-curricular programs, enrichment workshops throughout their college experience and beyond.

Signature Programs

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    Achieve Atlanta

    Achieve Atlanta partners with postsecondary institutions to help their students succeed through the following efforts: Connecting scholars with academic and social supports; Developing peer support networks for students and families; and Exchanging data to inform best practice and strengthen academic support.

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    Coca-Cola Scholars

    Coca-Cola First Generation and underrepresented students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholars program

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    REACH Georgia

    The Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia program is a state-wide initiative that financially supports the preparation of potential scholars beginning at the middle school level.

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    The nationally award-winning Thrive Program creates a community of engaged students who are able to transition more easily into their college experience, with support to help maintain the HOPE scholarship and stay on track to graduate. 

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    The Recruitment, Retention, and Progression to Graduation program for Hispanic & Latino Students graduates participants at rates equal to or higher than their non-Hispanic/Latino peers. 


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Gifts to SODI

The Strategic Outreach and Diversity Initiatives (SODI) office manages a variety of signature programs that are in place at Kennesaw State University to serve approximately 1400 diverse students by providing resources, services, and coaching that help them to achieve their academic and personal goals. These services that we provide allow for improved retention and academic success, enhanced student engagement, and increased graduation rates. Please join us in making a difference in the lives of our student participants by donating. Your gift will support the academic resources and co-curricular activities provided by the SODI office. Donations are 100% tax deductible.