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.
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
This January, there were approximately 300 new applications started for education
ISSSO welcomed more than 70 new international students to campus.
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 partnership.org 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
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.
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