• nicole

    Nicole Simmons, M.P.A.

    Program Director, Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program

    Coordinator, Mentoring Initiatives for Department of Student Leadership and Service

    Advisor, Student Mentoring Association

About Nicole

I am a dynamic, energetic, and innovative higher education professional who enjoys working with students, nurturing the leadership potential in students, and bringing quality learning experiences to campus. My favorite style/philosophy of leadership is servant leadership as my ultimate goal is to serve. I have 12 years of experience working in a higher education environment researching, creating, promoting, and implementing programs and services that garners retention, progression, and graduation of students. I occasionally teach freshman seminar and serve as a co-chair the Presidential Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity at KSU. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degrees from Kennesaw State University. I am a proud first-generation college graduate born and raise in the Metro Atlanta area. In addition, to working at this wonderful university, my hobbies and interest include reading, writing, film, and of course being a huge comic book nerd.

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes: 

"I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.'“-Toni Morrison



 Mentor Programming Assistants

Check out our awesome student staff members working with the Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program! 

  • sydney

    My name is Sydney Smith. I am pursuing a degree in Information Security. I plan to go into Homeland Security after earning my degree. I enjoy writing, dancing, and anything that allows me to express my creativity. I love to interact with people, which is one of the reasons I am apart of the Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program. 

    My first semester at KSU, I had a mentor who helped me better navigate the ropes attending KSU. In fact, she introduced the thought of being a Mentor Program Assistant to me based off of our interactions and my interests that we discussed being in the Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program. Mentorship is something I would encourage everyone to get involved in.

    Social Media: 
    Instgram: @ohsydd