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About Darlene Rodriguez

Dr. Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez is an assistant professor of social work and human services at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Her research and teaching interests are on civic engagement and political participation, especially as it relates to the utilization of nonprofit organizations as both service and advocacy partners for policy change. Additional research interests focus on immigrant integration, Latino and immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations, and social welfare and immigration policy impacts on the nonprofit sector. She is currently a Race and Ethnicity Fellow at the Center for Diversity Leadership and Engagement at KSU. Rodriguez earned her Ph.D. in public administration and policy and her MSW, with a concentration in community engagement and program development, from the University of Georgia. She earned her MPA at Rutgers University through the Masters International Program sponsored by the U.S. Peace Corps.


Present Assist Professor, Kennesaw State University


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Honors and Awards

  • Race and Ethnicity Fellow for Center for Diversity Leadership and Engagement at Kennesaw State University (2016-2017)
  • Women's Fund of Winston-Salem: Participant Scholar Award (2014-2015)
  • Nominated for the Women in Business Award: Business Journal (2014)
  • Nominated for 40 Leaders Under 40 Award: Business Journal (2012, 2013)
  • Notable Latinos of the Triad: Latino Coalition of Guilford County, granted award at reception with Presidential Inaugural Poet, Mr. Richard Blanco (2013)
  • Co-author of the ARNOVA Best Paper Award entitled "Managing Philanthropic Mobility: An Organizational Analysis of Donor Residency and Giving Patterns," ARNOVA. Indianapolis, IN (2012)
  • College of the Arts and Sciences Teaching Award: Nominated, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2010)
  • Selected as Honorary Faculty member for the University Marshals (2009)
  • Advisor of the Year Nominee: Hispanic Student Association: UGA Division of Student Affairs (2006)
  • Leadership Plenty Inaugural Class Graduate: Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (2005)
  • Administrator of the Year: University of Miami Apple Polishing Ceremony (2000)
  • La Perla, Advisor of the Year: Lambda Theta Alpha, Latin Sorority, Inc. (2000)
  • New Professional of the Year: American College Personnel Association (1999)
  • Emerging Professional Woman of the Year: American College Personnel Association (1999)
  • Course Hero - Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching : Nominated, Kennesaw State University (2018)


  • Senior Capstone in Human Services
  • Advanced Internship in Nonprofit Management
  • Human Resources for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Research Methods for Human Services
  • Fundamentals of Nonprofit Organizations


May 2008 PhD, University of Geogia ‐ Public Policy and Public Administration
August 2007 MSW, University of Georgia ‐ Community Empowerment and Program Development
May 2001 Graduate Certificate, University of Miami ‐ Higher Education Administration and Enrollment Management
October 2000 MPA, Rutgers University - Camden ‐ International Development and Non-governmental Organizations
December 1995 BA, Florida International University ‐ Liberal Studies and Psychology

Research Works (40)