Context: Challenges at KSU

Over the past decade, KSU has experienced extraordinary growth in student enrollment and expansion in academic programs coupled with unprecedented turn over in institutional leadership. This rapid growth and constant change brought increased diversity and tensions. Today, with a committed administration at its helm and more than 41,000 students enrolled across its two campuses, KSU has pivoted and is moving towards a more inclusive campus culture.

Trends in Percentages Non-White Undergraduate Student Enrollment from 2017 to 2020

However, long-term racial inequities have been part of the lived experiences of many Black students, faculty, and staff for far too long. Racism has no place at Kennesaw State University. Author and activist James Baldwin once said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” KSU is boldly facing its past and leaning into a bright future with an unwavering commitment to the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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