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Sylvia Carey-Butler, KSU’s Chief Diversity Officer is Top 100


The National Diversity Council has named Kennesaw State University’s Sylvia Carey-Butler as one of its 2021 Top 100 Diversity Officers during the National Diversity and Leadership Conference, the largest diversity and inclusion conference in the U.S. Her selection was based on her contributions to providing an inclusive and equitable environment for KSU students, faculty and staff.

Carey-Butler became KSU’s chief diversity officer in 2019 and has led several initiatives during her tenure including overseeing the university’s Presidential Task Force on Race, establishing diversity liaisons in each of KSU’s academic colleges, and implementing a team of student diversity ambassadors. Each program and initiative she established has a goal to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at KSU clear strategies and measurable goals.

“This award affirms the dedication we see every day from Dr. Carey-Butler for Kennesaw State to be an inclusive and welcoming community for everyone,” said KSU president Pamela Whitten. “Under her leadership, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is a shining example of Kennesaw State’s commitment to do everything we can to eliminate injustice and inequality on campus and beyond.”

Prior to joining KSU, Carey-Butler served as the Assistant Chancellor for Academic Support of inclusive excellence at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Assistant Provost and Dean of Honors at Dillard University in New Orleans, and Associate Dean of Studies at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Carey-Butler also worked with the United Negro College Fund in several senior level roles.


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