Embracing Values from the Owl Creed
As we settle into this new school year, it is important to reaffirm what it means to be part of the Kennesaw State community. One way we can do that is through the Owl Creed, which serves to remind our students, faculty and staff of the ideals we work to uphold.
Part of the Creed makes it clear that appreciating the differences in people and their ideas is central to ensuring unity in our community. With the values of the Owl Creed in mind, our Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) plays a vital role in making KSU a place where all students can thrive.
Since joining Kennesaw State as our new chief diversity officer, Dr. Sylvia Carey-Butler has been engaging with students, faculty and staff across both campuses in order to reestablish connections and provide the opportunity for the community to discuss issues that are fundamental to diversity and inclusion. She has established “Listen & Learn Luncheons with the CDO” on both campuses; developed an open house during Homecoming to provide information about the ODI’s strategic priorities; communicated with all the student organizations about her goals as the chief diversity officer; and met with deans and university leadership to explore new partnership opportunities.
Dr. Carey-Butler also has begun to develop several new initiatives to show the university’s commitment to diversity. These include the creation of Student Diversity Advocates to engage with students more actively. At the same time, the office is creating Diversity Liaisons in all 13 colleges in order to enhance awareness of the needs of specific colleges and their students.
The work of Dr. Carey-Butler and the ODI is crucial to Kennesaw State’s growth and to who we are as a university. We expect that this emphasis on diversity and inclusion will be a much more visible part of our university moving forward.