Marcy Stidum is the Founding Director of Kennesaw State University’s Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment (CARE) Services, which provides dedicated support to students dealing with homelessness, food insecurity or have experienced foster care.
Marcy oversees the Priority Model of GEAR UP Georgia (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a statewide project to increase postsecondary access and success for students in high-need areas of the state. The Priority Model serves homeless and foster care youth in high schools within 15 counties.
Her efforts in supporting students at KSU has earned Marcy numerous state and regional awards for KSU’s CARE Services, including the Georgia College Counseling Association’s 2011-2012 Clinical Program of the Year Award, Atlanta Magazine’s 2014 Innovation Index Award, KSU Department of Residence Life’s 2014-2015 SOAR Award, and most recently, the 2017 Cobb Community Collaborative Policy Council on Homelessness William E. (Bill) Hanson Collaboration Award.
Marcy has been involved in several national organizations committed to helping homeless youth. She currently serves as chair of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) Homeless and Foster Care committee, co-chair of the Community on Homeless & Foster Care for NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and member of the Embark Georgia conference steering committee.