November 15th, 2016 CCI Diversity Newsletter

November 15, 2016

NEW! Microaggressions    

Do you know what microaggressions are?

Please watch this short video made by some of our wonderful Kent State University students.

Click Here to Watch the Video:

This week is International Education Week!


NEW! "Change in Their Hands: Present Tense"

International Film and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

White Hall – Room 200 | 12-1pm

A Matemwe English Speaking Students Cinema Club (Tanzania) film about whether or not their classes should be taught in the colonial language or in the language that the students speak and understand fluently.


NEW! International Cook-Off Competition

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Kent Student Center Ballroom | 6:30-8:30pm


The Office of Academic Diversity Outreach, the CCI Diversity Team, and the CCI Global Initiatives Team encourage everyone to attend:

The Acirema Workshop offered by the Office of Global Education

Thursday, November 17th, 2016 10:00AM - 12:00PM Ballroom Balcony, KSC

The Acirema Workshop: it includes a simulation exercise designed to sensitize participants to the difficulties that international students encounter in their quest for a U.S. education. It acquaints the participants with the procedures and obstacles students must follow from the initial contact with a U.S. educational institution to their arrival on campus, and even issues that students face after arriving. A facilitated discussion takes place after the simulation to address the specific issues at stake.

Please register for the workshop here:


Applications for the SAGE Project Class of 2017 are NOW OPEN!

The SAGE Project is a way to recognize female and female identifying students who have demonstrated innovation, creativity, risk-taking, and leadership skills in their personal and academic lives. If you know a student who deserves some recognition for their hard work and perseverance, nominate them today! Our goal is to have a diverse group of students whose stories can be used to empower other young women to overcome obstacles and achieve their academic goals!  

More information can be found at:

Nominate a student here:

The deadline for nominations is November 18th, 2016.


NEW! Breaking Down Stereotypes: Women and Education

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Kent Student Center – Room 316 | 5:30pm

Join us for this interactive workshop facilitated by the International Women’s Group. Let us all take the time to identify and discuss cultural stereotypes relative to women and education across cultures and nations and reflect on ways to bring awareness about clichéd images and best approaches to counter stereotype-based judgments.


NEW! Third Friday Out

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Panini’s Bar & Grill in Downtown Kent | 5-7pm

Join the LGBTQ Student Center for the monthly Third Friday Out event.

This is a social gathering of LGBTQ and Ally graduate students, staff, faculty, and the community. All are welcome!


NEW! Dance the Hate Away

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Twin Towers Studio A | 7pm


In commemoration of the Orlando Pulse Victims, join Fusion and the Latin Social Dance Club in celebrating the resiliency & strength of the LGBTQ community. Come dance the hate away!

NEW! Dress Up For Downs

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Rockwell Auditorium | 7pm

Dress up for Downs to host their first fashion show partnering with the Down Syndrome Community.

Contact Sarah Petit ( for ticket information!


Call to Arts: An Art Exhibit by Military Veterans 

Now – December 1st

Uumbaji Gallery | Oscar Ritchie Hall

Film Screening of RESTREPO - Wednesday, November 9th at 7pm in the KIVA

Edward Lithenthal - Wednesday, November 15th at 5:30pm in the KIVA


Karamu Ya Wahitimu / Celebracion De Los Graduados

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Ballroom Balcony | 2:00pm

Karamu Ya Wahitimu / Celebracion De Los Graduados (Swahili and Spanish for Celebration of the Graduates) is a pre-commencement celebration and final Rites of Passage graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of all graduating African, African American, Native American, and Hispanic/Latino(a) undergraduate and graduate students.

This is an open event, and we encourage all faculty and staff in CCI to attend the ceremony to watch our awesome graduates celebrate their accomplishments.


Food Pantry at the Women’s Center

Williamson House

Every Wednesday and Thursday | 10am-4pm

Any student at Kent State University is eligible to utilize the food pantry. We never want any of our students to go hungry, and many of them do not know that there is a food pantry available to them. Spread the word! 

Fresh fruits and vegetables are even available on Thursdays from 1:30-4:00pm!

Students must bring their Kent State ID cards with them!

Kent State University now has a Preferred Name Policy for students! 

Flashline > Student > Resources > Requests and Authorizations > Preferred Name Request

There are many students at this university who do not go by the name assigned to them (e.g., international students who adopt an English name, transgender students who change their name as they transition, students who prefer to use their middle name, students who have shortened versions of their names or nicknames they prefer, etc.). This policy will now allow students to enter their preferred name into the system, so that faculty and staff can address them by the name with which they are most comfortable. The preferred name will only be displayed in some systems and not in others (where a legal name is required). Visit the Registrar’s Office website for full details.