Working Together Toward Positive Change


As I shared in my June 9 blog, Kennesaw State is fortunate to have a diverse community of students, faculty and staff. Our many backgrounds and perspectives, which strengthen our university, will serve as a foundation for how we collectively address the racial challenges and opportunities for change that are present in a large institution such as ours.

As we continue our efforts, we have created a task force, which will be chaired by KSU's Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Sylvia Carey-Butler. This task force is comprised of a diverse group of students, faculty and staff who will work with existing structures and newly identified stakeholders to lead KSU toward meaningful change for our community and beyond. The task force will seek extensive information and data through a broad array of listening sessions to ensure that we include perspectives from across our two campuses. The group is meeting this week to begin their work and will keep the campus community updated on their progress.

The task force members are:

  • Michael Aniagboso (student), Student Diversity Ambassador
  • Claire Beaudro, Career and Internship Advisor
  • Ryan Cotton (student), National Pan-Hellenic Council President
  • Joe Handy, President, Georgia Aquarium Foundation
  • Todd Harper, Associate Professor of English
  • Donna Reddix, Director Office of Institutional Equity/Title IX Coordinator
  • Jancarla Hernandez, Coordinator for Student Activities 
  • Arvin Johnson, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
  • Ashley McDonald (graduate student), Graduate Research Assistant
  • Lesley Netter-Snowden, Assistant Vice President, Campus Services
  • Nicole Phillips, Associate Director of Student Advocacy
  • Ivan Pulinkala, Dean for the College of the Arts
  • Benjamin Scafidi, Director of Education Economics Center and Professor of Economics
  • Edward Stephens, Assistant Vice President and Chief of Police
  • Jordan Stevenson, Director of Student Recruitment
  • Orie Thornton, Human Resources Manager
  • Sonia Toson, Director of Diversity Relations for the Coles College of Business and Associate Professor of Business Law
  • Andrew Vazquez (student), Fraternity Representative
  • Breana Ware, Assistant Legal Counsel
  • Jessica Watkins (student), Vice President for SGA and student-athlete
  • Chi Zhang, KSU Ombuds and Associate Professor of Computer Science

I want to thank Dr. Carey-Butler for her leadership and the entire task force for their dedication, enthusiasm and willingness to serve on this important initiative. I look forward to working with them as we together address the needs and concerns of all of our students, faculty and staff.

Pamela Whitten


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