CCI Diversity Statements
College of Communication and Information Diversity Statement
Kent State University defines diversity as “the presence of difference.” The College of Communication and Information (CCI) affirms that diversity enriches the teaching, study, research and criticism of the principles and practices of communication and information. Further, the faculty, staff and students maintain that communication and information can be understood fully and practiced effectively only when ideas from all people and perspectives are voiced and valued. CCI’s culture intentionally fosters an inclusive environment, and CCI commits itself to being an academic unit in which all individuals feel empowered to participate fully.
School of Communication Studies Diversity Statement
The Kent State University School of Communication Studies is committed to fostering diversity in all aspects of teaching, research, and service. Diversity encompasses multiple dimensions (as identities and/or expressions of those identities), including but not limited to race, culture, ideology, national origin, ethnicity, religion, beliefs, spirituality, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, body size/type/shape, marital status, parental status, and veteran status. We are committed to cultivating a community that values ethical behavior, mutual respect, social justice, freedom of access to information, and the open exchange of ideas among all students, faculty, and staff.
We recognize that diversity is essential in understanding the cultural competencies embedded in a variety of communication contexts. We strive to attract, recruit, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff from a variety of backgrounds to ensure that the perspectives of underrepresented populations are an integral part of our educational experiences. We see our commitment to diversity and inclusion as an indispensable component that drives our pledge to academic excellence. We strive to make our curriculum a tool that nurtures our students to embrace and advocate for democratic values and dialogue. The School of Communication Studies is dedicated to fostering an active community that respects diversity and empowers others to bring about social change.
School of Information Diversity & Inclusion Statement
The School of Information (iSchool) at Kent State University believes that being able to recognize and relate to qualities, conditions and group memberships that might be unlike our own contributes first to learning, and then to knowledge. Acceptance flows from a common ground, based on a belief in the acceptance of individuals as human beings. This includes the belief in people’s ability to determine who they shall become (self-determination), their protection from injury, affordance of their equality of opportunity (e.g., access to education, healthcare, food, housing and information about their basic rights), protection of their privacy and well-being, and acknowledgement for their work, through recognition or economic compensation. Acceptance of the person is different from acceptance of their viewpoint/agenda.
We recognize, understand and embrace the differences that define diversity, in whatever form or manner that such diversity presents itself. To us, “inclusion” encompasses acceptance of and respect for each person’s individuality, regardless of that person’s race, age, sexual orientation, gender, size, intellectual acuity, level of knowledge, technological ability, physical ability, ethnicity, country of origin, gender, socio-economic status, religious or political beliefs, or affiliations or other ideologies.
The iSchool, therefore, embraces inclusion and affirms it as a core value. Libraries and cultural heritage institutions span nations and cultures and serve populations with diverse backgrounds and needs. The faculty and staff of the iSchool strive to create an inclusive working and learning environment in which similarities and differences are valued and leveraged, diverse perspectives are sought and respected, and, ultimately, information needs of diverse populations are met. We believe and understand that diversity enriches the domain of information by creating opportunities to engage with others in this field that spans cultural and national borders.
We believe in building bridges across our differences in order to foster an inclusive environment of collaboration in which all may participate.
School of Journalism and Mass Communication Diversity Statement
The Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) recognizes the importance of a diverse faculty, staff and student body and embraces the concept that diversity will foster the acknowledgement, empowerment and inclusion of any person.
JMC teaches the history, culture, values and notable achievement of persons who represent the world’s diverse community. The mission of the school is to offer a strong curriculum, enriched by a legal and ethical foundation, which recruits, retains, promotes and hires from this diverse community.
JMC believes that the highest levels of success, knowledge and progress arise when we learn from others who are not of our own national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, gender expression, physical and mental ability and social class. We welcome the many opportunities to examine challenges that may arise from differences.
School of Visual Communication Design Diversity Statement
The Kent State University School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) encourages a fully inclusive environment and a socially responsive community diverse in culture, race, gender and personal interests. Our school welcomes, affirms and empowers all students, faculty and staff to increase diversity within our professions through innovation, curiosity and collaboration, which is essential to our mission to enrich, image and shape a more equitable future. VCD continually enhances diversity through our teaching, research and outreach to advocate for true social change while learning from one another.