Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services Launches First Summer Institute for Diverse Graduate Students

The program promotes graduate education to prospective students of diverse backgrounds

Kent State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services welcomes its inaugural class of the Summer Experience for Emerging Diverse Scholars (SEEDS) program on June 16. The SEEDS program promotes graduate education within the college to prospective graduate students of diverse backgrounds, specifically African-American, Latino American, Asian-American and Native American. It is co-sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kent State. 

Particpants in Kent State's SEEDS ProgramThe program allows participating students to meet face-to-face with their future faculty members, students in their program and other graduate programs, and receive introductions to area and local attractions while ultimately qualifying for funding that contributes to their education at Kent State. 

“SEEDS Scholars are selected by the college’s faculty from their interested program through an application process that began in December,” said N.J. Akbar, director of the Office of Diversity Outreach and Development at Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services. 

“We are excited to welcome students from a wide range of undergraduate institutions in addition to Kent State,” he continued. “We have students from the University of Louisville, Eastern Michigan University, College of Wooster, University of Akron, Ohio State University, Miami University, Marygrove College and Wilberforce University who will all come explore our campus with the overall goal of helping the scholars see this as a place for their graduate education.” 

Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion collectively provide meals, lodging and transportation within the area for all the SEEDS scholars while they are on campus. Students must be willing to provide their own transportation to and from the university. 

All SEEDS scholars will receive a $1,000 Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services Scholarship for their participation should they enroll in a program within the college for graduate school. Students entering in fall 2014 in a program within the college’s School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration will receive $5,000 per year for their two-year program to aid in their educational pursuits. Students must be admitted into one of the eligible programs to receive any of the funding resources available for participants.   

“The SEEDS program is just one way that our college is displaying its commitment to diversity and increased access to advanced education,” Akbar said. 

For more information about the SEEDS program at Kent State, contact the Office of Diversity Outreach and Development within the College of Education, Health and Human Services at 330-672-2537 or ehhsdiversity@kent.edu

For more information about Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, visit https://www.kent.edu/ehhs.

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Photo Caption:
Two prospective Kent State University graduate students from the College of Education, Health and Human Services participate in the inaugural class of the Summer Experience for Emerging Diverse Scholars program.

Media Contacts:
N.J. Akbar, nakbar@kent.edu, 330-672-2537
Bob Burford, rburford@kent.edu, 330-672-8516

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