Monthly Updates

January 2020


  • The International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSSO) hosted the annual scholar appreciation event in which they honored visiting scholars at Kennesaw State University. The 13 scholars teach and conduct research for 6 of KSU’s academic colleges. In addition, ISSSO offered a workshop on work authorizations for international students.
  • The Year of Cuba kicked off the Spring semester with three events including The Diplomatic Art of Santeria as well as Afro Caribbean Elements in Cuban Music. Students enjoyed learning about the arts and music elements in Cuban culture at these two events and also learned about the deep history behind both.
  • The Education Abroad Finance Team hosted a lot of events in January supporting both KSU faculty and staff. They offered a workshop on developing faculty-led program budgets, in-person finance training, and Concur travel drop-in sessions. They offered a dedicated Education Abroad team Concur staff training session in addition to developing an Education Abroad training manual to assist faculty and staff with program finance management.
  • The Office of International Safety and Security hosted three international program leaders health and safety trainings in January.
  • The Center for African and African Diaspora Studies (CAADS) hosted two major events in the fall semester. First CAADS held a celebration of the 400-Year Commemoration of Africans in America. The three-day event included a tribute to American novelist Toni Morrison, a Bunce Island Exhibit Presentation and a Commemorative Concert featuring the Fisk University Jubilee Singers.  In November, CAADS hosted the 23rd Annual Southeast Model African Union attended by over 150 university students throughout the southeast.

 Academic Success

  • KSU in Tuscany in partnership with the Intensive English Program (IEP) launched its Spring basic and intermediate English courses offered virtually to local community members of Montepulciano.
  • KSU has partnered with Hassan II University Casablanca on a $90,000 Stevens Initiative grant project through the Aspen Institute of Virtual Exchange. The project, titled, “Women’s Leadership Virtual Exchange: Youth Sharing Digital Stories” advances recognition of women leaders by sharing their stories online and develops global competency of participants through virtual exchange.
  • The IEP began its Spring I session with over 75 new students in their daytime and community ESL programs. This includes over 40 brand new students who are taking classes at KSU for the first time.
  • The Fulbright Foundation in Greece is currently recruiting applicants and will be selecting a scholar in May who will be teaching courses at KSU during the Year of Greece (2020-2021).
  • This January, there were approximately 300 new applications started for education abroad programs.
  • ISSSO welcomed more than 70 new international students to campus.

 Key Achievements

  • The DGA Grants Department finalized and submitted a number of grant proposals including:
    • A proposal to fund a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • A grant proposal with for an India study abroad program
    • A Year of Greece study abroad grant proposal
  • CIFAL Atlanta in collaboration with multiple departments on campus helped to successfully submit the EPA grant that focuses on Food waste reduction at KSU. This aligns with CIFAL Atlanta’s mission to support environmental sustainability and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals.
  • CIFAL Atlanta received a $60,000 grant from the Minor Anderson Foundation to collaboratively offer a six-day free teacher workshop titled Education for Sustainability and Human Rights.
  • CIFAL Atlanta in partnership with CAADS selected 16 KSU students to participate in the inaugural Distinguished UN-SDG Ambassador Program which is a competitive opportunity for KSU students to develop campus focused sustainable development action plans for our university and the community.
  • OISS was vigilant in monitoring the US-Iran tensions as well as the novel coronavirus to ensure the absolute safety of our campus travelers abroad.
  • ISSSO collaborated with housing and residential life on new programming for the Engaged Residents with Global Origins (ERGO) community.

 Upcoming February Events and Deadlines


  • Application Deadline for Early Summer Faculty-Led Programs

    Feb. 3