KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF GENDER AND SEXUALITY
Planning Committee for Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
Molly Merryman, associate professor of Sociology, coordinator of LGBT Studies
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
Susan Iverson, co-chair
Christine McVay, co-chair
Josh Stacher, chair
John West, chair
Student Academic Support and Services
Sue Clement, chair
Heather E. Adams, Executive Director Women’s and Gender Centers
Devin Walters , student, RA in new gender neutral dorm.
Kent State University
Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.