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Diversity & Global Education

Diversity & Global Education 

Kent State supports an increasingly diverse academic community.  Students, faculty, staff and administrators represent many countries, ethnicities and cultures.  The Office of Global Education works closely with the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to promote the development of multicultural competence among members of the Kent State community.  Multicultural competence, sometimes referred to intercultural competence or global competence, represents awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to function successfully in a multicultural society.   In order to support the development of multicultural competence,
the following efforts are underway:

  1. Creation of an employee development program to build awareness, knowledge and skills pertaining to multiculturalism from both a domestic and global perspective
  2. Administration of the Intercultural Development Inventory to faculty and staff groups to assess current levels of intercultural sensitivity and develop strategies for increasing sensitivity over an appropriate time span. 
  3. Develop a global certificate program that prepares students for life in an increasingly multicultural society and flattening world. 
  4. Organize a series of lectures by visiting international scholars on diversity issues.