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


 

Comparing Diversities Conference: Redefining Diversity for the Global Citizen

Save the Date October 14-16, 2019 Comparing Diversities Conference, Kent State University, Kent Campus

Diversity, in the many forms in which presents itself – racial, ethnic, religious, gendered, sexual, linguistic etc. just to name a few ways in which we see and experience it – is a characteristic feature of contemporary societies. It is a crucial phenomenon in the context of an always more globalized and interconnected world that is perceived as problematic.

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
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 due to cost saving measures. 

 


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.

 

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, December 12th at 6:00p.m.


Eligibility Requirements

African American, Latinx American, Hispanic, Native American and Multiracial students graduating in in Fall 2019. Registration will open on Monday, September 9, 2019. 


Information and Questions

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

 
Kupita/Transiciones (K/T)

WELCOME CLASS OF 2023!

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.

Registration

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


Student Leadership Opportunities 

The K/T Mentors and Navigators have been selected for the 2019-2020 Academic year!

 


Information/Questions

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 STUDENT_MULTICULTURAL_CENTER@kent.edu.

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

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, LGBTQSC@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

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 Emsminger-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
 


Information/Questions

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

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.

Register now for the 2019 Rainbow Run 5K!

 

 

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  

Photos 

 

View photos from 2018 Rainbow Run 5K


Questions/Information

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

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 www.takebackthenight.org.