Professor’s Diversity Fellowship Proves Transformative

When Honors College Faculty Fellow Kendall Deas was accepted into a prestigious diversity-focused fellowship program at the University of Michigan in 2016, he assumed the experience would help him grow as a professional and impart invaluable skills and insights that he could put to use in his role as a faculty member at the College of Charleston.

But the adjunct assistant professor of education policy and law couldn’t have predicted just how immediately useful the fellowship would prove to be: shortly after winning the fellowship, Deas, who is also an Honors College faculty fellow, was named director of diversity training and grant initiatives in the College’s Office of Institutional Diversity by President Glenn F. McConnell ’69.

One year later, his fellowship complete, Deas says the  experience was more than he could have hoped for and has had a direct and positive impact on his new role helping to promote diversity at the College.

“My new role is a vehicle for me to deliver what I have acquired in terms of diversity knowledge,” says Deas. “It’s just a perfect connection. It couldn’t have happened any better.”

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