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Welcome to the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion!

We share with you our motivation, our passion, and our drive to reach new heights in diversity and inclusive excellence at Kent State University. Diversity and inclusion is about every person in the KSU family and beyond. We believe in engagement and collaboration with constituents across the campuses and within our greater community. Our goal is to maximize individual and collective contributions, thereby creating an environment that welcomes diversity of thought, continuous personal growth, academic attainment and above average achievement. As we define inclusive excellence, we realize that it is one distinctive quality that characterizes great institutions.

By definition, a University exists to further the pursuit of knowledge. Inclusive excellence is a reminder that a university's students, faculty and staff enrich the process of learning as each is allowed to contribute to the process of learning as respected and valued partners.


Featured Events


**Updated 5/20/16

Message from the Tee Up for Scholarships Planning Committee

I hope that you have been dusting off those clubs and practicing that backswing because the 4th Annual Tee Up for Scholarships is just a few days away! This friendly competition is a great way to support Kent State University’s high caliber, under-represented students as they persist towards graduation and we value your commitment to these students and sincerely appreciate your financial assistance. The forecast for Monday is 78 degrees and sunny. 
Thank you again. We look forward to seeing you at Windmill Lakes Golf Course (6544 State Route 14, Ravenna, Ohio).


4th Annual Tee Up for Scholarships Agenda:

  • 11:45am-12:45pm Lunch and Check-in
  • 12:45pm Welcome and Brief Announcements
  • 1:00pm Shotgun Start 
  • 6:15pm Dinner and Awards Ceremony 

Click here to register to golf or to become a sponsor


donate to Student Scholarships

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion oversees two scholarship accounts, the Lestor A. Lefton Persistance Award and the Vice President for DEI Development Fund. Scholarships are awarded from these accounts to help ensure students are given every opportunity to succeed by providing funding for tuition and books. Please consider contributing to these accounts!

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Read about Kent State's membership in the Commission on Economic Inclusion      Read about Kent State's 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award