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
 

Kent State University celebrates Black History Month 2020 with a full schedule of events and programming. Connect with Kent State on social media using the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonthKENT. 


2020 Events and Programs

February 4

Dance Across Cultures

6-8 p.m.

306 ABC, Kent Student Center

  • Sponsored by: Barefeet Dance Troupe

 

February 5

Black United Students Mass Meeting

7-9 p.m.

Room 250, Oscar Ritchie Hall

  • Sponsored by: Black United Students

 

February 6

Double Victory: African Americans in WWII By Kate Fitzgerald, National WWII Museum

12:05 – 1:00 pm

Live-streamed to Geauga - Clark Commons

Twinsburg Academic Center, Rooms 113/115

  • Sponsored by: Twinsburg Academic Center and Geauga Campus

 

Soup & Substance

3-5 p.m.

Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206

  • Sponsored by: Student Multicultural Center

 

February 7

Film Friday

2-4 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Center, Kent Student Center 024

  • Sponsored by: LGBTQ+ Center

 

February 11

Sojourner Truth: Featuring a dramatic recreation of the life of Ida B. Wells by a performer from Women in History Ohio

12:05 – 1:00 pm

Clark Commons

  • Sponsored by: Geauga Campus

 

February 13

Ida B. Wells featuring a dramatic recreation of the life of Sojourner Truth by a performer from Women in History Ohio

12:05 – 1:00 pm

Twinsburg Academic Center, Rooms 113/115

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Round Table Discussion

2-3 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Center, Kent Student Center 024

  • Sponsored by: LGBTQ+ Center

 

Don't Touch my Hair

7 p.m.

Student Multicultural Center Lounge, Kent Student Center 206

  • Sponsored by: Textures

 

February 14

Love Lottery

7 p.m.

Ballroom, Kent Student Center

  • Sponsored by: Black United Students

 

February 15

Black History Month 50th Commemoration and Keynote

4-8 p.m.

Cartwright Hall Auditorium

  • Sponsored by: Kent State University Black Alumni Association

 

February 19

What's The Tea? Hour: Natural Hair, Don't Care

2:30 pm

Trumbull Tech Building, Room 113

Join us as we discuss the Natural Hair Movement. Voice your opinions and foster understanding of racial and cultural groups in our community. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Sponsored by:Trumbull Campus

 

Race in the Rainbow: Cultural Competency 101

3:30-4:30 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Center, Kent Student Center 024

  • Sponsored by: LGBTQ+ Center

 

February 20

Art To Go - Art from West and Central Africa By The Cleveland Museum of Art

12:05 – 1:00 pm

Twinsburg Academic Center, Rooms 113/115

  • Sponsored by: Twinsburg Academic Center

 

Breast Oasis and Bra Give-a-way

5-7 p.m.

Williamson House

  • Sponsored by: Epsilon Mu, Akron and Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta, and The Links of Portage County

 

February 25

Where to Black Women Go To…?

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Williamson House

  • Sponsored by: Women’s Center

 

Diversity in Nursing Association Meeting

7:30 p.m.

Room 201, Henderson Hall 

  • Sponsored by: Diversity in Nursing Association

 

February 27

Art To Go - Art from West and Central Africa By The Cleveland Museum of Art

12:05 – 1:00 pm

Geauga - Clark Commons

  • Sponsored by: Geauga Campus​​​​​​​

 

Horror Noire: A Shudder Original

Showings: 3:30 pm, 6:00 pm

Trumbull Lecture Hall B (Classroom/Administrative Building)

  • Sponsored by: Trumbull Campus​​​​​​​

 

Curlhood: Healing Trauma through Hair

7 p.m.

Room 250, Kent Student Center

Student Multicultural Center Lounge, KSC 206

  • Sponsored by: Textures

Information/Questions

If you have any questions or need more information about events please feel free to contact Shana Lee, Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Leadership at slee@kent.edu or 330-672-8582.

DiversiFEST
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
  • 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


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

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 Elle.com 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 Elle.com 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


Information/Questions

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