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Kent State Stark is committed to providing an environment that recognizes the value of bringing together people from all cultures and backgrounds. Various campus committees create opportunities for the campus community to get together and experience diversity in all its forms by:

  • Sponsoring events that celebrate diversity
  • Inviting speakers that focus on diverse topics
  • Developing strategies for bringing diversity into the classroom
  • Increasing efforts to recruit students, faculty and staff with a diverse background

2017 Diversity Events 

 
SPEAK YOUR PEACE
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
12 - 1 p.m.
Campus Center Fireplace Lounge
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Initiatives  
#KentStateUnited

Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through readings of passages and musical selections which promote unity. Contact Kristin Wray at 330-244-3289 or khill11@kent.edu with questions.

 
SPEAK YOUR TRUTH: PANEL DISCUSSION

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017
3 - 4 p.m.
Campus Center
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Initiatives
#KentStateUnited

Safe Spaces and Safety Pins - What is your idea of a safe space and why are they necessary? Join the discussion to learn, be challenged and challenge others on issues that affect and matter to you.

 
PRESENTATION: DO BLACK LIVES MATTER? 
We Stay in the Same Country but We Live Different Lives

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
5:30 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium
Presented by William Casterlow, enrollment management & student services advisor
Sponsored by the Black History Month Committee
#KentStateUnited

Will Casterlow will briefly review a timeline of the black experience that was framed by the consistent manipulation of America’s laws and criminal justice system to control this population. Special focus will be given to U.S. court cases, interpretation of laws and how these laws were used to disadvantage and still disadvantage many Americans until today.   

 
PRESENTATION: THE 1,000
African-Americans at NASA

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
1 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium
Presented by Robert Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences
Sponsored by the Black History Month Committee
#KentStateUnited

Dr. Hamilton addresses the mission-critical presence of African-Americans in NASA.
 

PRESENTATION: CIVIL RIGHTS
Broadening Our Understanding

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
1 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium
Presented by Leslie Heaphy, Ph.D., associate professor of history
Sponsored by the Black History Month Committee
#KentStateUnited

Dr. Heaphy will focus on looking beyond just the well-publicized events of the Civil Rights movement to some of the lesser known people and events. We will look at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. but also John l. Lewis, Julian Bond and others. Topics such as school desegregation, “Don’t Buy where you Can’t Work” campaigns and Double Victory will be discussed.

 
WALLACE COLEMAN BAND

Electric Blues
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
6 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium
Free, tickets not required.
Sponsored by the Black History Month Committee
#KentStateUnited

Wallace Coleman, a 10-year veteran of the Grammy Award-winning Robert Lockwood Jr. Band, started his own band in 1996. He later established his own record label, which he named Ella Mae Music, in honor of his late mother. Coleman has released four, critically acclaimed CDs on his label, including his latest release, Blues In The Wind, Remembering Robert Jr. Lockwood. Coleman has won a Living Blues Award for fan favorite, as well as garnered two nominations for outstanding harmonica. He has been named an Ohio Heritage Fellow. His performance embodies an American art form that has all but disappeared from the African-American music landscape and is certain to captivate blues lovers of all ages. Learn more about the Wallace Coleman Band.

 
FILM: THE BLACK LIST

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
1 - 2:30 p.m.
101 Science & Nursing
Moderated by Joel Carbonell, Ph.D., associate professor of political science
Sponsored by the Black History Month Committee
#KentStateUnited

The Black List is a short film highlighting African-American contributions in science, arts and humanities, economics, history and politics. The film will promote an appreciation of diversity; serve as inspiration for individuals looking for guidance in their career and educational goals; and provide follow-up opportunities for group discussion.  

 
MARCH INTO HISTORY EXHIBITION

February 24 - March 17, 2017
Fine Arts Lobby
Sponsored by the Women's History Month Committee
#KentStateUnited

On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, over five million people all over the world participated in Women’s Marches as a way to call attention to necessary human rights amidst the divisive election in the United States. Members of the Kent State University at Stark community participated in the Women’s Marches in both Washington, D.C., and Cleveland, Ohio. In celebration of these events, the Women’s History Month Committee is holding an open exhibition of ephemera that members of the Kent State Stark community brought back from their participation. 

 
EVA HESSE DOCUMENTARY VIEWING

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
3:30 p.m.
036 Fine Arts
Sponsored by the Women's History Month Committee
#KentStateUnited

This documentary feature film focuses on the life and times of Eva Hesse, a ground-breaking artist who was active in New York and Germany in the 1960's.

 
SPEAK YOUR TRUTH: PANEL DISCUSSION

Thursday, March 16, 2017
3 - 4 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Initiatives
#KentStateUnited

Mother Madonna Whore - The Miseducation of a Woman's Role in Society. Join the discussion to learn, be challenged and challenge others on issues that affect and matter to you.

 
FILM SCREENING: HIDDEN FIGURES

Wednesday, March 22 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 23 at 12:30 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium
Sponsored by the Women's History Month Committee
#KentStateUnited

The critically-acclaimed, historical film Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut and Ohio native John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Academy Award-nominee Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Kevin Costner.

 
FILM SCREENING: MOONLIGHT

Thursday, April 6
3:30 p.m.
101 Science & Nursing
Sponsored by the LGBT Faculty Committee
#KentStateUnited

Moonlight is a powerful film chronicling the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Moonlight won Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards.
 

NATIONAL EVERYONE MATTERS DAY
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Campus Center
Sponsored by Student Involvement
#KentStateUnited

On National "Everyone Matters Day" people around the world will jointly celebrate and acknowledge everyone's right and freedom to be who they are -- without shame or judgment. The overall goal is to raise awareness that everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.

 
DOCUMENTARY:
 13th
Tuesday, April 11
4 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium
Sponsored by Multicultural Initiatives
#KentStateUnited

A dramatic, thought-provoking documentary, “13th,” by “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, focuses on the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”

 
MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

Wednesday, April 12
Thursday, April 13
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Campus Center
Sponsored by the Diversity Committee, Multicultural Initiatives and Global Education Initiatives
#KentStateUnited

​Explore and celebrate the cultures of Egypt, Iran, Nepal and Bangladesh with food, music, dancing and art.