The COTA Diversity Committee

The College of the Arts (COTA) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, a voluntary body of faculty, staff, and students, was chartered in 2020 to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across all channels at Kennesaw State University. 


Our Mission

The COTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee supports the cultivation of learning communities that actively listens and intentionally responds to the needs of the current generation of students, faculty, and staff. We strive to be adaptable and ready to implement initiatives through shared governance, voluntary training, programming, research, and events in order to foster manifold perspectives and interpretations of the arts.

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Our Vision

We envision our students seeing themselves in the curriculum by expanding the margins of artistic voices, perspectives, and interpretations so as to include everyone. We believe that the arts lead systemic change through willing participation in invention, synthetization, and action across the KSU community.

Mini-Grant Application

Wellness Summit: April 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF, please join us for the 2024 Wellness Summit! 


Welcome: 10 a.m.  — COTA DEI Committee

Block I: 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Easeful Stretch Class — Autumn Eckman 
Rest and Relaxation — Marlon Burnley
LGBTQ+ Artists affinity group — Todd Wedge and McCree O’Kelley
Latina Women affinity group — Cara O’Connell

Block II: 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Comics Catharsis  — Carlos Perez 
Body Stories: Offering Kindness to Ourselves and Our Bodies with Danielle Southern, a non-diet dietician  — Danielle Southern
Accessibility in the Arts affinity group — Jason Rodenbeck

Keynote: 12:45-1:30 p.m.

Wellness in Focus: Perspectives on Artistic & Holistic Health  — Andrea Knowlton

Block III: 1:45-2:45 p.m.

Alexander Technique — Julia Bullard and Marsha Barsky 
Breathwork for Balance — Emily Kitchens 
Black Artists affinity group — Marlon Burnley

Closing 2:45 p.m. — COTA DEI Committee

All workshops provided by COTA faculty from all four units, including Student Meet-Ups, Snacks, and Wellness Fair. 

Food & Drinks, Chair Massages, and Wellness Fair are available throughout the Summit!

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