Campus & Community Resources
There is power within education and the Student Multicultural Center offers the opportunity for everyone (students, faculty, staff and administrators alike) to have experiences outside of the classroom that will enhance their awareness of social and cultural differences. The SMC is a center that operates as a community, family and a village.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Student Center is dedicated to providing the students, faculty and staff at Kent State University with education, training, support and resources that cater to the gender and sexual minority community and its allies. The center is a welcoming environment to LGBTQ students and their allies.
The Kent State University Women’s Center is here to support you, whether you’re a student, faculty member or staff member through advocacy and education about women, gender, and diversity. The Center offers resources that address matters of particular concern to you by providing education, information and referral programs and services.
We strive to build and maintain a safe and healthy community where all students can succeed. In commitment to the safety of our students, faculty and staff, we actively work to prevent sexual and relationship violence.
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides accommodations, resources and advocacy for students with disabilities at Kent State University. We work with campus partners to create an inclusive living and learning environment for our students.
Counseling and Psychological Services, University Health Services | 330-672-2487
Counseling and Psychological Services, the Counseling Center at University Health Services is staffed by licensed psychologists, who provide high quality, personalized care to all KSU students, while also providing consultation to the university community regarding mental health concerns.
Student Support Services assists first generation, designated income and students registered with Student Accessibility Services in navigating campus resources and creating a meaningful Kent State experience.
Our objective is to assist international students and scholars on maintaining their visa status while studying at Kent State University. We also encourage students and scholars to attend our many programs and events, which provides them an opportunity to meet other international and domestic students. The ISSS advisors also help international students and scholars with cultural adjustment issues and other issues they may face as new students to Kent State University and living in the United States.
Center for Adult and Veteran Services (CAVS) |330-672-7933
The Center for Adult and Veteran Services is dedicated to enhancing the experience of the non-traditional student both in and out of the classroom. Services are geared towards providing a comprehensive and high impact student experience through support, programming, and an assurance of, and adherence to, the highest standards of federal compliance.
The primary goal of the Office of the Student Ombuds is to provide students confidential consultation in assisting with the possible resolution of any university-related concern, grievance or appeal. The Ombuds Office works directly with faculty and staff, providing consultation related to university policies and procedures. It has established itself as an objective, unbiased operation that continues to work towards developing a fair and equitable university community.
The mission of Off-Campus and Commuter Services is to engage off-campus and commuter students in campus life and advocate for their unique needs including: Supporting commuter and off-campus students through social, academic and leadership programs, along with specialized events, introducing students to the resources available on campus as well as off-campus in the Kent community, assistance in locating places to study or hangout between classes, advocating for the needs of commuter students, and assessing the needs of commuter students.
Office of Global Education (OGE) | 330-672-7980
The Office of Global Education is responsible for processing international admissions, advising international students and scholars, and overseeing all education abroad initiatives and international partnerships. The Office of Global Education’s primary mission is to internationalize the Kent State University experience for the benefit of all students, faculty, and staff.
Women’s Clinic | 330-672-8264
The University Health Services Women’s Clinic is located on the lower level of the DeWeese Health Center and is staffed by clinicians experienced in women’s healthcare and committed to working with you regarding your health. We believe health involves not only physical, but emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. We are experienced and sensitive in dealing with patients of all sexual orientations and cultural beliefs. We also have specialized exam tables to accommodate women with disabilities.
University Health Services | 330-672-2322
www.kent.edu/uhs | After-hours nurses line: 330-672-2326
We are here to help keep all Kent State students, faculty and staff healthy and safe. Our staff at UHS includes board certified physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed psychologists, pharmacists, and radiographers. University Health Services provides non-emergent outpatient care to all eligible students, faculty, and staff, including: examination and treatment for illness and minor injuries, women's health care, laboratory, x-ray, pharmacy services, and health education through all departments of UHS and under the Division of Student Affairs. We accept all Kent State employee health plans and other major carriers. Self-pay rates are available for uninsured patients.
The ESL Center provides intensive English language instruction to international students who want to enter American universities or learn English for other personal or professional reasons. Our mission is to prepare you for your undergraduate or graduate studies in the United States of America. The ESL Center is committed to academic excellence through flexibility in program design. All courses are available at various proficiency levels to insure that students receive the best English training possible.
Autism Initiatives | 330-672-2442
Autism Initiatives is dedicated to assisting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their family and friends, by helping them find support and resources that may help the students become successful. This website has multiple resources listed for individuals with ASD and those who wish to support or know more.
The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University serves a vital need in the university community. Pan African Studies is the study of communities of people of African descent both on the continent of Africa and in various countries throughout the world. The Department focuses on bringing the local point of view of diverse communities into a global context, where specific national stories and specific regional stories can be understood in a world context. The Department of Pan-African Studies also has many activities involving the arts and surrounding community.
Step Up and Speak Out is a collaborative effort of Kent State University Psychological Services, University Health Services, the Office of the Vice President Student Affairs, and Police Services. Step Up and Speak Out provides greater awareness of mental health concerns, including risk factors for suicide. This suicide prevention campaign represents a collaborative effort of Kent State University Psychological Services, University Health Services, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and Police Services and aims to support individuals in need by educating University community members on protocols and resources designed to assist in disruptive situations or with distressed individuals. We provide multiple resources for students and staff to educate them on how to handle these situations.
Lazos is a culturally and linguistically relevant mentoring initiative for Latinx/Hispanic students. Latinx/Hispanic faculty and staff offer cultural support to promote student academic success and a sense of belonging. Students can receive support from their mentors in a variety of ways. For example, they can receive advice on course selection, resume building, field-specific advice on expectations, information about opportunities like internships, participation in research activities, study abroad programs, and other extracurricular activities. Mentors can also help students adjust to campus life and offer students living away from their families a warm and welcoming place to learn and grow.
Multicultural Student Life Organizations | 330-672-3560
Kent State is home to more than 29 multicultural organizations. These organizations focus on the needs and the interests of multicultural students. These include, but are not limited to: Black United Students, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Friends of Poland, Kent African Student Association, Kent State International Mentors, KSU NAACP, Middle Eastern Student Association, Nepalese Student Association of KSU, Pakistani Student Association The Russian Club, South Asian Student Organization, Spanish and Latino Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine, The Taiwanese Students Association, Turkish American Cultural Association.
The mission of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality is to advance the interdisciplinary scholarly exploration of gender and sexuality and to create and share knowledge with students, scholars and the public. Incorporating a Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality provides a structure of interdisciplinary support for grant-writing, research, and other forms of engaged scholarship conducted by faculty and students. Further, the center is able to provide programs, workshops, outreach, partnerships and continuing education opportunities for law enforcement, government agencies, schools, corporations, and small businesses. Proposed topics include competencies in understanding LGBTQ people and communities, violence against women and sexual minorities, and discrimination in the workplace and schools against gender and sexual minorities.
LGBTQ+ Living-Learning Community | LV: 330-672-0324 | VW: 330-672-4480
Lauren Vachon - firstname.lastname@example.org | Victoria Walters - email@example.com
Located in Korb Hall, the LGBTQA Living-Learning community provides select undergraduate students with an immersive environment structured around an intellectual exchange that extends beyond the classroom. Community offerings include classes in LGBT Studies, exclusive lectures by faculty involved in the Study of Gender and Sexuality, academic advising, programming and support from the LGBTQ Student Center, and opportunities to participate in career exploration, faculty-led research, leadership development, study groups, and social and cultural activities.
The Counseling Center | 330-672-2208
Located at 325 White Hall on the Kent State Campus the center offers individual and group counseling services for a wide variety of concerns for individuals from the university and community and serves as a training clinic for graduate students in the Counselor Education and Supervision program. Comfortable and professional, the center represents an opportunity to pursue progress, healing, or education relating to your concerns. All services are provided free of cost to Kent State students, staff and faculty and at very little cost to the community. Feel free to contact the center for more information.
Hillel is the foundation of Jewish life on campus, offering social, cultural, social justice, spiritual, and religious opportunities for everyone. Hillel's building, the Cohn Jewish Student Center, is truly a home away from home for students, providing a comfortable atmosphere for socializing, studying, or connecting spiritually. Your connection to a Jewish community on campus is important to us and we're here to help you navigate your own, unique Jewish journey. No matter where your journey takes you, always know Hillel's team of professional staff and student leaders are just a phone call, text, or social media message away!
Kent and Surrounding Areas Religious Centers
Stay connected to your faith, with several churches, synagogues, temples and mosques to choose from in and around the Kent area. Kent State's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is representative of the university's acceptance and support of personal differences. Its 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. Local religious establishments can help support the faith-based aspects of your personal growth.
Institute for African American Affairs (IAAA) | 330-672-2300
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The Institute for African American Affairs, a segment of the Department of Pan-African Studies, complements the unit's academic activities in providing practical support for the development of research/ scholarship opportunities and innovative teaching methods. The institute facilitates interactions between the Department of Pan-African Studies and the northeastern Ohio community, as well as encourages links between the department and other parts of Kent State University's campus.
The purpose of the CKP is to supplement individuals that are food insecure and in need of assistance with free food. Eligibility: The Campus Kitchen Pantry serves students, faculty, staff and community members who need food assistance.
Helps students to understand and resolve their legal issues by providing quality legal representation and advice.
The Psychological Clinic prioritizes providing high quality services and ensuring that our client's needs are met. The clinic director and/or faculty supervisors review all requests for services. If they determine that the Psychological Clinic cannot effectively meet your needs or your child's/adolescent's needs, someone on our staff will contact you to let you know and will assist in providing additional referrals.