The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosts an array of engaging events and programs for the greater Kent State University community. 


Annual Events and Programs

Black History Month
2019 Black History Month

Kent State University celebrates Black History Month 2019 with a full schedule of events and programming. Connect with Kent State on social media using the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonthKENT. 

2019 Events and Programs

The View From Here: Contemporary Perspectives From Senegal hosted by School of Art Gallery

  • Jan. 17-Feb. 22, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Center for Visual Arts Gallery


BUS 2k Tournament hosted by Black United Students

  • Feb. 1, 6-10 p.m., Kent Student Center Ballroom


Charlotte Engohang -  Akiba African Braids and Gabon Art Display hosted by Kent State University Tuscarawas

  • Feb. 4, 12-1 p.m., Academic Learning Commons, Tuscarawas Campus

Tribe Week - All About Africa hosted by Barefeet Dance Tribe

  • Feb. 4, 6-8:30 p.m., Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206


The Cross and The Lynching Tree: Reconciling the Christian Faith while being Black in America hosted by The Impact Movement

  • Feb. 5, 8-10 p.m., Kent Student Center 306ABC

Bowling with Barefeet hosted by Barefeet Dance Tribe

  • Feb. 5, 6-8 p.m., Kent Lanes in Kent, Ohio


Between the Sheets with IGC hosted by Integrated Greek Council

  • Feb. 6, 7-9 p.m., Kent Student Center 306ABC

Coming Together: Postcolonial Art and Literature hosted by School of Art Gallery and Read Center for International and Intercultural Education

  • Feb. 6, 12-1 p.m., Center for Visual Arts Gallery

Get Into Gumboot hosted by Barefeet Dance Tribe

  • Feb. 6, 6-8:30 p.m., Kent Student Center 309

Creative Writing Workshop hosted by Wick Poetry Center

  • Feb. 6, 2-3 p.m., Wick Poetry Center

Black History Month Film Series "13TH" hosted by Department of Pan-African Studies

  • Feb. 6, 12-2 p.m., Uumbaji Art Gallery Room 134 Oscar Ritchie Hall


Soup and Substance: Colors of Love Pt. 2 Being Black and Gay hosted by Student Multicultural Center

  • Feb. 7, 4-6 p.m., Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206

Tribe Week: Afro Zumba hosted by Barefeet Dance Tribe

  • Feb. 7, 5-7:30 p.m.,  Kent Student Center 306A

Shooters Cliff - Speed Dating hosted by Focus on the Future

  • Feb. 7, 7-9 p.m.,  Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony


Heelaholics Dance Class hosted by Focus on the Future

  • Feb. 9, 7-9 p.m.,  Kent Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Studio 1

Through the Eyes of Time: A Recital to Celebrate Black History Month hosted by Kent State University School of Music

  • Feb. 9, 3-4:30 p.m.,  Center for the Performing Arts, Ludwig Recital Hall


Address Your Life hosted by Sister Circle

  • Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m., Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206


Black Student Art Show hosted Black United Students

  • Feb. 12, 12-1 p.m., Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony

MEN and Sister Circle Relationship Panel hosted by Student Multicultural Center

  • Feb. 12, 6-8:30 p.m., Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206


Black History Month Celebration hosted by Flash Activities Board

  • Feb. 13, 7-9 p.m., Kent Student Center Second Floor Common Area


Speed Dating hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi

  • Feb. 14, 7-9 p.m., Kent Student Center 310C


Film Friday: Black History Month hosted by LGBTQ Student Center

  • Feb. 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m., LGBTQ Student Center, Kent Student Center 024


Black History Every Day hosted by Center of Pan-African Culture and Department of Pan-African Studies

  • Feb. 16, 12-2 p.m., Oscar Ritchie Hall 250


How To Get Away with Hate hosted by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

  • Feb. 18, 7:20-9:30 p.m., Kent Student Center 315


Film screening and discussion of Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Léopold Senghor by Manthia Diawara hosted by Department of Art History and the School of Art Galleries

  • Feb. 19, 6-7:30 p.m., Oscar Ritchie Hall 250

Approaches to the Elimination of Minority Healthcare Disparities hosted by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs

  • Feb. 19, 4-6 p.m., Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony

Family Feud - Black History Month Edition hosted by Male Empowerment Network 

  • Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m., Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206


Historic Afrolatinx in History hosted by Spanish and Latino Student Association

  • Feb. 20, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206

Round Table Discussion: Black History Month hosted by LGBTQ Student Center

  • Feb. 20, 1-2 p.m., LGBTQ Student Center, Kent Student Center 024

50th Anniversary: SMC/BUS 50th Anniversary Museum hosted by Student Multicultural Center

  • Feb. 20, 12-7 p.m., Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206

Creative Writing Workshop hosted by Wick Poetry Center

  • Feb. 20, 2-3 p.m., Wick Poetry Center

Black History Film Series "Nappily Ever After" hosted by Center of Pan-African Culture

  • Feb. 20, 12-2 p.m., Uumbaji Art Gallery, Oscar Ritchie Hall  Room 134

Women of Color Collective hosted by Women's Center

  • Feb. 20, 12-1 p.m., Williamson House

The Flying Hobos hosted by College of Aeronautics and Engineering

  • Feb. 20, 3-4:30 p.m., KIVA, Kent Student Center


Langston's Muse "Art Display" hosted by The Network

  • Feb. 21, 6-8:30 p.m., Oscar Ritchie Hall Room 250

ZPhiB Awards hosted by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

  • Feb. 21, 7:20-9:30 p.m., KIVA, Kent Student Center

R&B Beats and Eats hosted by Black United Students

  • Feb. 21, 8-10 p.m., Euro Gyro, 107 South Depeyster Street, Kent, OH 44240 

Readings from "Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States hosted by Kent State University Tuscarawas

  • Feb. 21, 12-1 p.m., Euro Gyro, Academic Learning Commons, Tuscarawas Campus


Kicking it with the Zetas, Lip Sync Edition hosted by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

  • Feb. 22, 7:20-9:30 a.m., Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206

Feminist Friday: Queer Women of Color hosted by Women's Center

  • Feb. 22, 12-1 p.m., Williamson House

Dance Like A Flashette hosted by Flashettes Majorette Dance Team

  • Feb. 22, 5-7 p.m., Beall Hall, Studio A


Love Lottery hosted by Black United Students

  • Feb. 23, 5-8 p.m., Kent Student Center Ballroom


Kent State Gospel Choir Concert hosted by Diversity Council at Kent State University Trumbull

  • Feb. 25, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Auditorium, Trumbull Campus

The Skin I'm In hosted by Sister Circle

  • Feb. 25, 6-8:00 p.m., Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206


Where Do Black Women Go? hosted by Women's Center

  • Feb. 26, 6-8:00 p.m., Williamson House


Black ASL (BASL) hosted by ASL Club

  • Feb. 27, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Kent Student Center Second Floor Common Area


50th Anniversary Soul Food Cultural Cook Off hosted by Student Multicultural Center

  • Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m., Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony

The Art of Adire and Batik hosted by the School of Fashion

  • Feb. 28, 5-6 p.m., Murphy Auditorium, Kent Museum Rockwell Hall


If you have any questions or need more information about events please feel free to contact the Student Multicultural Center at or 330-672-3560.

Annual DiversiFEST 

As part of Kent State University’s annual homecoming celebration, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosts the annual DiversiFEST . This festival is a celebration of Kent State University's culture and diversity. Attendees have the opportunity to learn more about the services and events provided by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This is a family-friendly, free event open to the public. All are welcome!

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed until further notice. 


What is offered at DiversiFest?
  • Food will be provided for all who attend, however, a reservation is required. We simply ask that you complete the form below to reserve your spot!  
  • You'll have the opportunity to play many games including corn hole, basketball, and many other games
  • You are more than welcome to bring your own chair or blanket.

View photos from the 3nd Annual DiversiFEST

  • Parking for DiversiFEST will be located at the Williamson House (1200 E. Main Street, Kent, Ohio). A limited parking will be made available at the Williamson House for individuals in need of handicapped parking. Additional parking is available at Terrace Hall Annex (125 Terrace Drive, Kent, Ohio).

View map of parking at Kent State University


If you have questions or need additional information please contact DEI at (330) 672-2442 or email


Karamu Ya Wahitimu/Celebración de los Graduados

Karamu Ya Wahitimu/

Celebración de los Graduados

This pre-commencement celebration and final Rites of Passage is graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of all graduating African American, Native American, Latinx, Hispanic and Multiracial undergraduate and graduate students. A senior speaker will provide remarks before students are recognized and bestowed with a cultural cloth by a faculty member in their respective college.

Celebration Date and Time

Fall 2019 Karamu will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Eligibility Requirements

African American, Latinx American, Hispanic, Native American and Multiracial students graduating in Fall 2019.


Registration is now closed. Please contact the Student Multicultural Center if you have any questions. 

Information and Questions

If you have any questions, please call the Student Multicultural Center at, (330) 672-3560 or email us at,

Kupita/Transiciones (K/T)


Kupita/Transiciones (K/T) is a free four-day cultural orientation and year-long mentoring program for newly admitted and transfer African American, Latino American, Native American and Multiracial studentsSpanning over the four-days, students will engage in activities to learn how to successfully navigate their college career by focusing on the cultural and social climate of Kent State University.

As a result of participating in the four-day Kupita/Transiciones (K/T) cultural orientation, we hope students:

  • Feel more connected to Kent State University 

  • Establish their Kent State University La Familia

  • Are affirmed in their cultural identity

  • Gain an appreciation for different cultures 

  • Identify opportunities of engagement at Kent State University 

After students participate in the four-day cultural orientation they seamlessly transition into the K/T Mentoring Program. The K/T Mentoring Program offers students an opportunity to have their mentor from K/T provide continued assistance, guidance and support throughout their entire freshman year.


Kupita/Transiciones registration will open for incoming and transfer students on June 3. Be sure to check your emails!

Student Leadership Opportunities 

Apply to become a K/T Mentor or Navigator for the 2020-2021 Academic Year!

Eligibility and Application for K/T Mentors and Navigators


If you need any additional information or have any questions, please contact the Student Multicultural Center at (330) 672-3560 or via e-mail at

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation

Show your PRIDE! Join us for the 2019 Lavender Graduation commencement celebration! Lavender Graduation honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally (LGBTQ+) students at Kent State University. The event is free and includes dinner, keynote speaker, award certificates and more.

Celebration Date and Time

Lavender Graduation was held Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM on the Kent campus inside the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

How to Participate

All attendees must complete the following registration in order to attend. Graduating students must register to participate and be recognized. Also, tag us in your social media posts with #KSULavGrad 

View photos from the 2019 Lavender Graduation


Parking is available at the parking lot located in front of the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (M.A.C.C.). 

Information and Questions

If you have any questions, please call the LGBTQ Student Center at, (330) 672-8580 or email us at,

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

A Celebration to Honor the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, Jan. 24, 2020
4 p.m.
Kent Student Center Ballroom

About the Speaker

Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, TV host, author and political commentator, will join Kent State University in celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

For more than a decade, Harris-Perry has contributed to American public life through her distinct combination of scholarship and wisdom applied to the analysis of race, gender, politics and power. Currently, she is editor-at large of and a contributing editor at The Nation. She hosted the award-winning television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” on MSNBC, winning the Hillman Prize for broadcast journalism in 2016.

Committed to diversifying American journalism and mentoring emerging public voices, Harris-Perry has developed and implemented innovative mentoring efforts, including the scholars program centering the stories of women and girls of color and BLACK ON CAMPUS, a national student journalism program in partnership with The Nation.

Harris-Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University and Tulane University.

Diversity Awards

As part of the commemoration, the university will announce the 2020 recipients of Kent State’s Diversity Trailblazer Award, the Beverly J. Warren Unity Award for Diversity and the Rozell Duncan Student Diversity Award. 

The Trailblazer award honors diversity pioneers associated with Kent State; the Unity award recognizes the contributions of any Kent State unit that demonstrates significant contributions in the areas of diversity, equity and/or inclusion; and the Student award recognizes a student or student organization demonstrating through positive interactions with others a respect for, and value of, differing backgrounds and points of view within Kent State or in surrounding communities.

Learn More About Previous Diversity Award Recipients

Diversity Trailblazer

Beverly J. Warren Unity Award for Diversity

Rozell Duncan Student Diversity Award

Symposium on Race

Your voice matters! Please join us on Jan. 24 at 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center for a collaborative conversation on race, access and learning at Kent State University.

Register for the Symposium

Call for MLK Programming and Calendar of Events

The Kent State University MLK Planning Committee is requesting that university divisions, departments and student organizations submit programming, activities and events (scheduled Jan. 14-31) to the MLK Calendar of Events.

Calendar of Events


For more information, call 330-672-8563, e-mail or tweet/follow us @DEIKentState. Tag your posts using #KentStateMLK

Mothers, Mentors and Muses
Please Save The Date for our 11th Annual Mother's Mentors and Muses Celebration! It will be held on April 7, 2020 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. We will began taking nominations for the Class of 2020 Mothers, Mentors and Muses late Fall! 


The 10th Annual Mother's Mentors and Muses Celebration was held on April 2, 2019, at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. The Keynote speaker was The Honorable Alison Breaux '98, Summit County Common Pleas Judge.  

Mothers, Mentors and Muses is the Women’s Center's signature event that recognizes Kent State University female-identifying faculty or staff who have made a significant difference in the life of a student or colleague. More than 400 women across the university have received this honor. 

This award is intended to honor female-identifying faculty or staff of Kent State (with five or more years of service) who have served in any of three roles:

  • Mother – one who has helped “birth” ideas, thoughts and academic endeavors in others, or who serves as a nurturing individual to others.
  • Mentor – one who serves as a trusted counselor, colleague and/or role model.
  • Muse – one who inspires creativity and artistic/academic passion in others.

Mothers, Mentors and Muses Class of 2019

Teresa Bates, Clerical Specialist, Dean Ashtabula Campus
Candace Bowen, Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications
Ava Chaney, Clerical Specialist, Dean Ashtabula Campus
Kelly Conley, Administrative Assistant, Physics
Veronica Cook-Euell, Supplier Diversity Program, Procurement
Suzy D'Enbeau, Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Amanda Dolan, Director II, Enrollment Management and Student Services
Dawn Ensminger-Stokes, Lecturer, Nursing Technology
Moema Furtado, Senior International Partner, Office of Global Partnerships and Marketing
Cara Gilgenbach, Associate Professor, University Libraries
Ellen Glickman, Director, Health Sciences
Marilyn Gonzalez de Reid, Personal Assistant, Provosts Office
Rosemary Gornik, Assistant Professor, Foundation Leadership and Administration
Danielle Hupp, Senior Associate Director, Special Giving Initiatives
Anne Jefferson, Associate Professor, Geology
Uma Krishnan, Professor, English
Nicole Losi, Director of Social Media, University Communications and Marketing
Shelley Marshall, Lecturer, Computer Technology
Francoise Massardier-Kenney, Professor, Modern and Classical Languages
Jody Patterson, Associate Director, Career Exploration and Development
Gretchen Rinnert, Associate Professor, Visual Communication Design
Debra Schneider, Administrative Assistant, Dean Stark Campus
Peggy Stephens, Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Hillary Stone, Associate Professor, The Fashion School
Lashonda Taylor, Executive Director, University Events and Protocol
Lisa Testa, Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies
Ólöf Thórdardóttir, Honors Coordinator II, Honors College
Valoree Vargo, Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Advancement Operations
Ashley Williams, Assistant Director, Student Multicultural Center
Kendra Wilson, Assistant to an Executive Officer, Student Affairs


If you have any questions or need more information please contact the Women's Center at (330) 672-9230 or

Rainbow Run 5K

Join the LGBTQ+ Center for our fourth annual Rainbow Run 5K will take place Friday, October 4, 2019. The final date will be confirmed soon! Walk, run, or roll your way through a 5K course through campus. Along the way, collect glow items to help you finish with some bright color!


Run Information

  • The 2019 Rainbow Run 5K will start promptly at 7 p.m. and will start and end on Risman Plaza located on the Kent campus. Please arrive prior to start.
  • A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit the LGBTQ+ Emergency Fund.

View photos from the 2019 Rainbow Run!


Campus Address, Directions, Map and Parking

Campus Address Directions and Map Parking
Kent State University
1075 Risman Drive
Kent, Ohio 44242
Google Directions to the Kent Student Center Please park in the C lot located at the front of the Memorial Athletic Convocation Center (MACC). Parking is free after 5 p.m.
  Kent Campus Map  

Rainbow Run Sponsors

Featured Sponsor


Rainbow Sponsor

Don Joseph's Toyota

PNC Bank at Kent State University

Business Sponsor

Skullz Salon
University Chiropractic and Wellness
Marathon Preoleum
Jim Masi, Attorney at Law
KSU LGBTQ+ Alumni Chapter
Summit County Public Health
Freedom Valley Camping  
The Eye Opener
Equality Ohio
leaf of Akron



If you have any questions or need additional information please contact the LGBTQ+ Student Center at (330) 672-8580 or via email at

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is an international march and rally that started in the 1970s as a protest and direct action against rape and other forms of sexualized violence and sexualized subordination of women.

This provided symbolism for women's individual walk through darkness and a united front against fear and violence. In addition, Kent State University has been chosen by the Take Back the Night Foundation to join nine locations around the United States in a candlelit vigil for the '10 Points of Light to Take Back the Night' to unite in support of survivors and victims of sexual violence.

2019 Take Back the Night

October 8, 2019
MACC Plaza
7:30 PM  Name Burning Ceremony
8:00 PM Opening and March Begins

For more information about the national Take Back the Night organization, please visit