Compliance, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Affirmative Action Office will continue to handle all Level I and Level II complaints, along with all OCRC, EEOC and other external complainant agencies presenting allegations and unlawful discrimination. The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) will provide training on ADA, Diversity, Search Committee (Faculty and Staff) and Recruitment and Retention of faculty. The Affirmative Action Office will provide oversight of all unlawful discrimination training. DEI will support colleges and divisions to ensure affirmative action plans are implemented accordingly. The Affirmative Action Office will provide all federal, state, regional and University reports (i.e., Affirmative Action Plan, Veteran's 100, Northcoast, etc.).
Kent State University's Business Diversity Database for diverse suppliers of goods and services/construction is designed to present the names, capabilities and contact information of minority- and women-owned businesses to people with purchasing authority at Kent State University. The Business Diversity Database is a searchable listing of more than 1,200 vendors. Kent State University has been recognized as best-in-class for supplier diversity by the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partner.
Office of Global Education
Kent State supports an increasingly diverse academic community. Students, faculty, staff and administrators represent many countries, ethnicities and cultures. The Office of Global Education works closely with the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to promote the development of multicultural competence among members of the Kent State community. Multicultural competence, sometimes referred to intercultural competence or global competence, represents awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to function successfully in a multicultural society. In order to support the development of multicultural competence, the following efforts are underway:
- Creation of an employee development program to build awareness, knowledge and skills pertaining to multiculturalism from both a domestic and global perspective.
- Administration of the Intercultural Development Inventory to faculty and staff groups to assess current levels of intercultural sensitivity and develop strategies for increasing sensitivity over an appropriate time span.
- Develop a global certificate program that prepares students for life in an increasingly multicultural society and flattening world.
- Organize a series of lectures by visiting international scholars on diversity issues.
Student Accessibility Services
The mission of Student Accessibility Services is to provide students with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from all university programs, services and activities. In addition to complying with legal mandates set forth in Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (and the ADA as amended in 2008), as well as the university’s policy of non-discrimination (3-01.3), the office aims to provide services to students and consultative expertise that is cutting-edge and nationally recognized.
The Student Ombuds is primarily a resource for students —as well as parents/families, faculty and staff – who may need assistance navigating the university’s policies and procedures relative to student-related concerns or grievances. The Student Ombuds serves as an objective, neutral party who provides consultation and guidance in working toward the resolution of these concerns or grievances.