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

Kent State University celebrates Black History Month 2018 with a full schedule of events and programming. Connect with Kent State on social media using the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonthKENT. 


February 2
WOKE Woken Beauty Workshop
4 – 7 P.M.. SMC, KSC 206

Self Care

February 5
Sister Circle Words to my Sister
SMC Lounge 6 – 8 P.M..

February 6
Black Femme Collective Guest Speaker
7 P.M.. TBA

February 7
Black United Students Become at One
with Yourself Self Care Mass Meeting
7 P.M.. ORH Multipurpose Room

February 8
SMC Soup and Substance: Mental
Health in our Community
3 – 5 P.M.. SMC Lounge

RASP Research and Innovation Forum
4 – 6 P.M.. KSC Balcony

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. LEGACY: Look
into the History of Black Fraternities and the
Pioneers That Are Apart of Them
7 P.M.. ORH Multipurpose Room

February 9
LGBTQ Film Night
1:30 – 3:30 P.M.. KSC 024

February 10
Center for Pan-African Culture: African Poetry
and the African Canadian Experience.
12 – 2 P.M.. ORH 250


February 12
Women’s Center STIgma: The truth
about Sexually Transmitted Infections
6 P.M. Williamson House

February 13
Women’s Center Let’s Talk Lunch: Women
of Color in the Workplace - The “Concrete
Ceiling” vs. the “Glass Ceiling”
12 P.M.. Williamson House

February 14
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. & Alpha Psi
Lambda Valentines Day Speed Dating Event
7 P.M.. TBD

February 15
WOKE Kolored, Love and Relationships Workshop
6 – 8 P.M.. SMC, KSC 206

February 16
Women’s Center Feminist Friday
12 P.M. Williamson House

For the Culture

February 19
MEN & Sister Circle Relationship Panel
6 – 8 P.M.. SMC Lounge

February 20
LGBTQ Round Table Discussion
3 – 4 P.M.. KSC 024

Women’s Center Where do Black
Women Go to Cry?
6 P.M.. Williamson House

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. & Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc. Black Business Expo
7 P.M.. ORH Multipurpose Room

February 21
CPAC Institute for African American Affairs
Lunch & Learn presentation: Dr. Christa Porter
12 – 1 P.M.. 127C ORH

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
& Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Battle of the Sexes
7:20 P.M.. SMC Lounge

February 22
SALSA Discussion of racism in our community
5:30 P.M.. SMC

Black United Students
Keynote Speaker Amanda Seales
7 P.M.. Kiva

February 23
WOKE The Black Unsung, Guest
Speaker Professor Eugene Shelton,
4 – 7 P.M.. SMC KSC 206

Black United Students and Focus on the Future
For the Culture Game Night
7 – 10 P.M.. ORH Multipurpose Room


February 27
MEN “Black Expressions”
6 – 8 P.M.. Rathskeller

February 28
SMC “Black Excellence: Its in Our Ancestry”
SMC lounge 3-P.M.

Textures “Black Hair Story”
7 P.M.. KSC Ballroom


If you have any questions or need more information about events please feel free to contact Mike Daniels, Student Multicultural Center Program Coordinator, at or (330) 672-7865.

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 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


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


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.

Call for Nominations for Diversity Awards

Submit your nominations today for the Diversity Trailblazer, Unity Award for Diversity and the Student Diversity Award. Award recipients will be announced during the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

The Diversity Trailblazer recognizes diversity pioneers associated with Kent State University. The Unity Award for Diversity recognizes the contributions of any Kent State University unit that demonstrates significant contributions in the areas of diversity, equity, and/or inclusion. New this year, the Student Diversity Award recognizes a student who has demonstrated, through their positive interactions with others, a respect and value for differing backgrounds and points of view within Kent State University or surrounding community.

Submit a Nomination
Call for MLK Programming

Kent State University offices, departments and student organizations are encouraged to submit events to be included in this year's MLK Commemoration Activities. Submissions are to take place between Monday, Jan. 14 - Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Funding for student organization events can be requested via the Social and Cultural Programming Fund.

Please keep in mind that the university’s celebration and keynote address will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 3:30 p.m.

Submit your activity for the MLK Commemorative Week Activities Calendar.


For more information, call 330-672-8563, e-mail or tweet/follow us @DEIKentState.

Tee Up for Scholarships Golf Outing

6th Annual "Tee Up for Scholarships" Golf Outing


2018 Outing has been canceled 

Updated 4/6/18

We regret to inform you the 6th Annual Tee Up for Scholarships golf outing and dinner, has been canceled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to seeing you at future DEI events.

If you would still like to contribute to the Student Persistence Scholarship Endowment we have included a link below for your consideration. This endowment provides underserved and underrepresented Kent State University students in their junior and senior year of study the opportunity to reach graduation and transform their lives, by relieving some of the financial burden. Our students are of the highest priority and with your generous support, students are able to focus on their academics and get the most out of their university experience. 

Donate to the Kent State Student Persistence Scholarship


If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Carmen Frank Roberts at (330) 672-2507 or