Kennesaw State student lands leadership role with international organization
KENNESAW, GA (Jul 26, 2022) — Dana London, a student at Kennesaw State University, believes that curiosity and wisdom are among the greatest assets one can possess. Following this notion, the second
accounting major has acquired a leading position within an international organization.
London is the first student from Kennesaw State to serve on ACUI – Advancing the campus community Board of Directors. The organization is one of the oldest associations in higher education, focusing on representing student activity centers and student unions. Each year, ACUI selects one student member from its member institutions to serve on its board, and London has been selected for 2022, representing thousands of other student center workers in the United States, Australia, Ireland, Qatar, Bermuda, Guam and Puerto Rico.
As a board member, London will benefit from professional development through leadership training, strategic planning, networking with mentors, and learning about trends and issues facing student unions. .
“Her poise, presence, sense of self and advocacy for the student experience has positioned her as a phenomenal representative of KSU and ACUI student members,” said Eric Arneson, Vice President of Kennesaw State Student Affairs.
ACUI focuses on representing student activity centers and student unions in building, advancing, and promoting the campus community. As a board member, London will benefit from professional development through leadership training, strategic planning, networking with mentors, and learning about trends and issues facing student unions. .
“ACUI is fortunate to have Dana on the board, sharing her talents and insight as a student,” said ACUI CEO John Taylor. “I was very impressed with how quickly she was hired as a new board member.”
London said she was grateful for the opportunity to serve as an ACUI trustee.
“It is an honor to represent the University and exemplify the professionalism and excellence that KSU instills in its students,” said London. “I consider it a privilege to represent the international student body by using my position to voice the challenges and concerns of students.”
An international student from Guyana, London enrolled at Kennesaw State in the spring of 2021 and has been an employed student at the Carmichael Student Center on the University’s Kennesaw campus. Now as the Senior Student Facilities Manager, she manages lost and found, the student information office and student support center, and supports events held in the student center.
“I value my colleagues and they are like family to me,” she said. “We have a cohesive team at Kennesaw State, and we’re building on everyone’s strengths.”
London was encouraged to develop her skills beyond her work on campus by her KSU supervisor, Jennifer Tesch, who helped her connect to ACUI and led to London’s involvement at regional levels, national and international.
Now London is facilitating discussion between fellow students from the United States and Ireland, discussing the importance student unions play in university experiences. One of his most memorable experiences was moderating a student panel discussion at the ACUI conference in Chicago earlier this year. During the session, students shared their direct, unfiltered triumphs, challenges, and opportunities for campuses emerging from COVID-19.
In addition to her role at ACUI, London sits on the Coles College of Business Student Advisory Council, where she provides critical feedback, new ideas, and advice for solving problems and exploring new opportunities for Kennesaw State business students and discusses issues with deans and department heads.
“I’m gaining valuable hands-on experience on what it takes to run a successful organization behind the scenes while building meaningful relationships with industry professionals,” London said of her ACUI experience. “It will also be important in my accounting career as I will be involved behind the scenes in an organization from a financial perspective.”
She has already put into practice much of the knowledge and experience acquired through ACUI during her internship at Ernest and Young this summer.
Photos by Judith Pishnery
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global connections, and entrepreneurial spirit attract students from across the country and around the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated (R2) doctoral research institution, placing it among an elite group of only 6% of US colleges and universities with R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.