November 1st, 2016 CCI Diversity Newsletter

Hello everyone,


Here are your diversity updates for this week! Please share this information with your students, and let me know if you have any questions.



Exciting News!!

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). Full details can be found in the attached email.



University College and the Division of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Invite you to

The Social Responsibility and Diversity Awards

THIS WEEK! Friday, November 4th, 2016

The Social Responsibility and Diversity Awards recognize students, faculty, alumni and supporters who provide outreach support and programs that increase the success of underrepresented or underserved students at Kent State University and the community. 

Join us for a night of celebration and comradery with this year's award recipients. Tickets are $65 per person and sponsorships are available. Proceeds will benefit diversity scholarships for Kent State University students. 

To purchase tickets for this event, please click here:;jsessionid=EC4DC0B97C97EA98DFFD5E38E0D2230F.app202a?view=Tickets&id=102265


If you cannot attend the event and want to make a direct donation to the scholarship fund, please click here:


To receive additional sponsorship information, please email


VIP Reception for Special K and above sponsors | 5:30 pm
Registration | 5:45 pm
Dinner | 6:30 pm
Program | 7:15 pm

Hosted by CCI Alumnus Danielle Wiggins, Morning Traffic Reporter - WKYC Channel 3 Cleveland.

The New Center at NEOMED
4211 State Route 44
Rootstown, OH 44272



Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience


Friday, November 4th, 2016


Oscar Ritchie Hall Room 214





Documentary about the lives of contemporary Native Americans.



Join the Kent Indian Association for


Diwali: Festival of Lights


Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Kent Student Center Ballroom






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 17, 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.