Genny KennedyInternational Affairs
Genny Kenedy is a third year International Affairs major from Lawrenceville, Georgia. Her interest in leadership began in high school from a love of community service, and that passion, along with political activism, is what drives her to do what she does today. Some of the ways that she spends her free time are thrifting, writing, and hanging out with my friends.
When it comes to diversity and inclusion, what would you like others to know about you?
The relationship I have with diversity and inclusion is ever-growing and changing. Being involved on campus is the main reason why I am able to continue to learn about how different identities may affect one’s lived experience and find creative ways to accommodate those different from myself. It is genuinely fun to continuously examine my frame of mind and challenge myself to see other perspectives, and I enjoy sharing my passion with others more than anything. For me, pursuing leadership has simply been the manifestation of my desire to share my love of social justice in hopes of mobilizing others to promote diversity and inclusion in all of the spaces they enter.
What is your favorite quote related to leadership and/or inclusion?
“Your silence will not protect you.” - Audre Lorde
What has been your favorite thing you've been involved with on campus and why?
Without a doubt, it would be Pride Alliance, the student-led organization that promotes LGBTQIA solidarity and education. This organization has provided impetus for me to grow into the role of student leadership on campus and has given me a community that has supported me every step of the way. Pride Alliance has faced a lot of hardship, both in very tangible and abstract ways, and it has provided me the opportunity to grow strong the face of adversity. It has also provided me with opportunities to represent the queer community on campus in important conversations on campus culture and the safety of queer students on campus. My involvement in Pride Alliance has not only taught me the practical necessities of a student leader, but has also shown me the importance of never losing sight of the ultimate goal that leadership is meant to achieve; equity and understanding.
What have you done to advance/increase inclusion on campus?
My efforts to increase inclusion on campus have mostly been centered on interaction with the the first-years on campus, who are searching for a place to belong in their new home at Georgia Tech. Joining Diversity Ambassadors and GT 1000 as a TL. These roles have given me the chance to share knowledge about marginalized identities in spaces where the focus is not normally given to those who are in the minority. At Georgia Tech, it is very clear who is in the majority or the minority based on their appearance, and it is important for those who have not had to consider their identity to challenge themselves to think outside of themselves. Projecting the voices of minority students on campus is integral to advance inclusion on campus, and I believe it is the wisest to begin with those who have yet to become comfortable with the status quo of the Georgia Tech campus.