Planning Committee




Planning Committee for Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Committee Chair


Molly Merryman, associate professor of Sociology, coordinator of LGBT Studies


Administrative Representatives


James Blank, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences


David Odell-Scott, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Comparative and Integrative Programs




Mary Bland, graduate student


Sue Clement, assistant professor, Geology, Geauga


Suzy D'Enbeau, assistant professor, Communications


Ken Ditlevson, director, LGBTQ Student Center


Kyle Dunn, undergraduate student, President of Trans*fusion


Amoaba Gooden, chair, Pan African Studies


Suzanne Holt, professor in the Center for Comparative and Integrative Programs and director of Women's Studies


Diane Kerr, professor, Health Sciences


Larrie King, assistant professor, School of Visual Communication Design and creative director of Glyphix


Susan Iverson, associate professor, Higher Education Administration


Christina McVay, lecturer Pan-African Studies and English


Karl Macura, academic advisor, College of Arts & Sciences


Dan Nadon, professor, Theatre, former LGBT Studies coordinator


Liz Smith-Pryor, associate professor, History


Joshua Stacher, associate professor, Political Science


Patti Swartz, assistant professor of English, East Liverpool


Lauren Vachon, adjunct instructor in LGBT Studies


John West, Trustees Research Professor, Liquid Crystal Institute




Sub-Committee Groups and Members


Mission, Vision and Values

Molly Merryman, chair

Josh Stacher

Lauren Vachon


Academic Programs

Susan Iverson, co-chair

Christine McVay, co-chair

Suzanne Holt

Molly Merryman


Public Scholarship

Josh Stacher, chair

Mary Bland

Molly Merryman

Dan Nadon



John West, chair

Suzy D’Enbeau

Dianne Kerr

John West


Student Academic Support and Services

Sue Clement, chair

Heather E. Adams, Executive Director Women’s and Gender Centers

Ken Ditlevson

Karl Macura

Lauren Vachon

Devin Walters , student, RA in new gender neutral dorm.





Kent State University

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality



Mission Statement


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.




Vision Statement


The study of gender and sexuality requires flexibility and interdisciplinary inquiry, therefore the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality will regularly assess its vision and structure, and will evolve accordingly.


The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality will advance the scholarly exploration of gender and sexuality through four focus areas: Academic Programs, Public Scholarship, Research, and Student Academic Services.


Academic Programs

The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality will support three independent but linked interdisciplinary undergraduate academic programs: Gender and Sexuality, LGBT Studies and Women’s Studies. Students from all Kent campuses will be able to complete major and minor programs, and will have access to quality online and face-to-face courses. The Center will develop graduate courses and concentrations in gender and sexuality.


Public Scholarship

Through committed community association, public engagement, educational programming, and relationships with the media, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality will become a local, regional and national leader on the discourse and understanding of important topics related to the gender and sexuality. Teaching and learning will extend beyond the Kent State University student population through a commitment for sharing knowledge, research and creative activities with the public.



The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality will foster interdisciplinary research and creative activities about gender and sexuality, support grant development and student scholarships and assistantships, and become a regional leader and nexus for sponsoring scholarly inquiry on gender and sexuality.


Student Academic Support and Services

The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality will become an academic home for students at all Kent State campuses who are engaged in learning about gender and sexuality. It will collaborate with student support staff, offices and resources to ensure that program students from all campuses, colleges and schools have their advising and academic support needs met.



Value Statement


The intellectual and scholarly work of the Center intersects with scholarly work about race, class, nationality, religion, immigrant status, ability and other identity markers. Because of this intersection, the Center is committed to forging relationships within and beyond Kent State University that uphold global human rights, economic equality, and ecological justice. The Center will engage in meaningful and progressive discourse about marginalized groups and intersecting identities with the goal of improving society. In addition, because social constructions of gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation frequently connect to social and structural violence, the Center faculty, staff and programs will work toward understanding and resisting state, societal and interpersonal coercion and violence.