November 8th, 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.



NEW! Veteran’s Day Recognition Ceremony

Student Green (outside Kent Student Center)

Wednesday, November 9th | 11am


All are invited to come and pay tribute to America’s veterans during our flag-raising ceremony. A special invitation is extended to Kent State faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members who are veterans, active service members, or have family members in the armed forces. Refreshments to follow in the Kiva lobby. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the Kent Student Center Kiva.



NEW! Stereotyped 101

A Workshop on Diversity

Hosted by Comedian Karith Foster

Thursday, November 10th

KIVA | 6-8pm




Stereotyped 101 is a three-part program designed to educate and cultivate a sincere comprehension of the intersection of modern day diversity. Karith uses the perfect blend of humor, interactive audience participation and heartfelt personal stories to engage her audience and shed light on taboo subjects that include but are not limited to racism, homophobia, class-ism, even size-ism. This high-energy lecture prompts people to not just think about how we view the world and ourselves but how to actively promote change.


FLASHperks event! Free event! Attendees have a chance to win a Chipotle or Starbucks gift card!



NEW! Financial Aid Information Fair

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Kent Student Center – 2nd floor | 10:30am – 2:00pm




Join the Office of Financial Aid to learn about scholarships, early FAFSA, smart borrowing, and more! Please share this event with all students, but it can be especially beneficial for any students you know who have been struggling financially this semester.  



NEW! 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!



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.



NEW! 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



NEW! 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!


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 were attached in the last diversity update email.