Calendar of Events | Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Kent State University

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., Thurs. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Center for Visual Arts Gallery

 

BUS 2k Tournament hosted by Black United Students

  • Feb. 1, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Kent Student Center Ballroom

 

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

  • Feb. 4, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Academic Learning Commons, Tuscarawas Campus

Tribe Week - All About Africa hosted by Barefeet Dance Tribe

  • Feb. 4, 6:00 p.m. - 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, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Kent Student Center 306ABC

Bowling with Barefeet hosted by Barefeet Dance Tribe

  • Feb. 5, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Kent Lanes in Kent, Ohio

 

Between the Sheets with IGC hosted by Integrated Greek Council

  • Feb. 6, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 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, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Center for Visual Arts Gallery

Get Into Gumboot hosted by Barefeet Dance Tribe

  • Feb. 6, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Kent Student Center 309

Creative Writing Workshop hosted by Wick Poetry Center

  • Feb. 6, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Wick Poetry Center

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

  • Feb. 6, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 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, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206

Tribe Week: Afro Zumba hosted by Barefeet Dance Tribe

  • Feb. 7, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.,  Kent Student Center 306A

Shooters Cliff - Speed Dating hosted by Focus on the Future

  • Feb. 7, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.,  Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony

 

Heelaholics Dance Class hosted by Focus on the Future

  • Feb. 9, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 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, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.,  Center for the Performing Arts, Ludwig Recital Hall

 

AdDress Your Life hosted by Sister Circle

  • Feb. 11, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206

 

Black Student Art Show hosted Black United Students

  • Feb. 12, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony

MEN and Sister Circle Relationship Panel hosted by Student Multicultural Center

  • Feb. 12, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206

 

Black History Month Celebration hosted by Flash Activities Board

  • Feb. 13, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Kent Student Center Second Floor Common Area

 

Speed Dating hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi

  • Feb. 14, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Kent Student Center 310C

 

Film Friday: Black History Month hosted by LGBTQ Student Center

  • Feb. 15, 1:30 p.m. - 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, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Oscar Ritchie Hall 250

 

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

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

 

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

  • Feb. 19, 6:00 p.m. - 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, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony

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

  • Feb. 19, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 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 p.m. - 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, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., LGBTQ Student Center, Kent Student Center 024

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

  • Feb. 20, 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206

Creative Writing Workshop hosted by Wick Poetry Center

  • Feb. 20, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Wick Poetry Center

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

  • Feb. 20, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Uumbaji Art Gallery, Oscar Ritchie Hall  Room 134

Women of Color Collective hosted by Women's Center

  • Feb. 20, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Williamson House

The Flying Hobos hosted by College of Aeronautics and Engineering

  • Feb. 20, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., KIVA, Kent Student Center

 

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

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

ZPhiB Awards hosted by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

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

R&B Beats and Eats hosted by Black United Students

  • Feb. 21, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 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, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 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 a.m. - 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, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Williamson House

Dance Like A Flashette hosted by Flashettes Majorette Dance Team

  • Feb. 22, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Beall Hall, Studio A

 

Love Lottery hosted by Black United Students

  • Feb. 23, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Kent Student Center Ballroom

 

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

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

The Skin I'm In hosted by Sister Circle

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

 

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

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

 

Black ASL (BASL) hosted by ASL Club

  • Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. - 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, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony

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

  • Feb. 28, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Murphy Auditorium, Kent Museum Rockwell Hall

Information/Questions

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

DiversiFEST
3rd Annual DiversiFEST 

As part of Kent State University’s annual homecoming celebration, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host the 3rd annual DiversiFEST on Saturday, October 6, 2018. 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 the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers throughout the year. This is a family-friendly, free event open to the public. All are welcome!

This celebration of diversity and inclusively is held the morning of Homecoming between the hours of 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Williamson House (located at 1200 S. Main Street). Attendees are invited to bring family and friends in addition to chair or blanket and enjoy the homecoming parade, music, food and games.

View photos from the 2nd Annual DiversiFEST


What is offered if I attend?
  • 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
  • We also offer a prime location to view the homecoming parade. You are more than welcome to bring your own chair or blanket and watch the parade on lawn of the Williamson House!

Parking
  • Parking for DiversiFEST will be located at the Kent Center for Performing Arts (1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, Ohio)or Terrace Hall Annex (125 Terrace Drive, Kent, Ohio). However, limited parking will be made available at the Williamson House (1200 E. Main Street, Kent, Ohio) for individuals in need of handicapped parking. 

View map of parking near DiversiFEST


Information/Questions

If you have questions or need additional information please contact DEI at (330) 672-2442 or email diversity@kent.edu.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
3:30 p.m.
Kent Student Center Ballroom, Kent Campus

This event is free and open to the public but a ticket is required to attend.

About the Speaker

Angela Rye, principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, will join the university in celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. 
  
Ms. Rye offers regular on-air commentary for several media outlets including BET, CNN, MSNBC and TV One. The depth of her dialogue ranges from political campaigns to complex legislation with long-term national and international implications.
 
Ms. Rye is a graduate of the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law. She currently serves on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, the Seattle University School of Law Alumni and Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network. Ms. Rye also serves as a senior advisor to the Government Technology and Services Coalition. She is a member of The Links Inc., the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Washington Government Relations Group.


Diversity Awards

As part of the commemoration, the university will announce the 2019 recipients of Kent State’s Diversity Trailblazer Award, which honors diversity pioneers associated with Kent State, and the Unity Award for Diversity, which recognizes the contributions of any Kent State unit that demonstrates significant contributions in the areas of diversity, equity and/or inclusion. 

New this year is the Student Diversity Award, which recognizes a student who has demonstrated a respect for, and value of, differing backgrounds and points of view within Kent State or surrounding communities.

Learn More About Previous Diversity Award Recipients

Diversity TrailblazerUnity Award for Diversity


Information/Questions

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