Kijua Sanders-McMurtryDr. Kijua Sanders-McMurtry is Associate Dean of Students and Special Assistant to the President on Diversity at Agnes Scott College. Agnes Scott College, founded in 1889, is an independent national liberal arts college for women located in the metropolitan Atlanta area, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
In her role as the Special Assistant to the President on Diversity, she has served on the executive cabinet of the president as the Chief Diversity Officer of the college. She serves on the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, and co-chairs the President’s Committee on Community Diversity, the Safe Zone Committee, and the Transgender Task Force. She is also the college’s Title IX Coordinator providing training and support to faculty, staff and students. Her work has included creating inclusive practices and policies at the college.
As the Associate Dean of Students, she has supervised the departments of Intercultural Affairs, Residence Life, Student Activities and Student Leadership. She currently supervises the Center for Student Engagement which includes a variety of staff members that operate within four functional areas of diversity, leadership, community service and wellness. As a dean, she has led both the orientation and peer educator teams at the college. She has also provided oversight in key areas of student life on grant writing teams, as a chair of the assessment committee and in the creation of a safety protocols committee and student concerns committee to oversee the on-call emergency crisis process of the college.
Prior to Agnes Scott College, Dr. Sanders-McMurtry worked in public health research for four years as a research associate with the Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) Macro, International on large-scale qualitative and quantitative research projects. She was also previously employed with Georgia State University for fourteen years where she worked in a variety of departments including financial aid, new student orientation, student life and leadership and the honors program. She has taught introductory Sociology courses at local community colleges and continues to teach a writing intensive course focused on the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta at Agnes Scott and courses on Critical Pedagogy at Georgia State University.
Her research and publications focus heavily on the history of activism and philanthropy among women’s organizations. She has presented at numerous conferences and conducted a variety of workshops around the country. As a motivational speaker, she is adept at engaging diverse groups on important social and intellectual issues and has been frequently hired as a consultant by colleges and universities interested in developing programs related to increasing the safety of students that identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ). She belongs to numerous professional organizations and is the current President of the Georgia College Personnel Association (GCPA) and serves as the Co Vice-Chair of Trans-inclusion with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
Dr. Sanders-McMurtry completed her A.A. degree in Social Sciences at Pasadena City College, her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology, a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies and her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies with a concentration in Higher Education at Georgia State University. She is married to Kevin Sanders-McMurtry. Deeply committed to community engagement, she is a member of several organizations focused on leadership development and advocacy for women and girls.