DEI Celebrates New Diverse Hires at Fall Luncheon


By Matthew Chernesky, Junior at Kent State University

On Thursday, November 11, 2015, the Kent State University's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted its annual New Diversity Hire Luncheon. The purpose of this event is to provide a networking and educational opportunity for new hires as well as welcoming them into the greater Kent State community.

               The 2015 luncheon featured remarks by speakers including Vice President for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Alfreda Brown, Senior Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management, David Garcia, and Director of the Student Multicultural Center, Oscar Ramos, among others. New hires that were present in the luncheon included members from the chemistry department, Human Resources, Student Success Programs and the College of Education, Health and Human Services. “This is a great event that makes a large, complex research institution feel small,” remarked Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Shay Little after the event. 

“We know that the best asset at Kent State University is our people and bringing people together to build relationships.” One of the new hires present at the luncheon was Michael Daniels, Program Coordinator for the Student Multicultural Center. He commented that the event was a “nice touch for new staff members and to help them be recognized by the university.”

            Speakers at the luncheon encouraged newly hired staff and faculty to participate in training initiatives and opportunities offered by the university as well as general words of wisdom. In his remarks, Senior Associate Vice President Garcia noted that “we have a collaborative effort here at Kent State University. This is your new community.”

Another recent hire at Kent State, Alicia Robinson, Program Coordinator for the Women and Gender Centers, added at the end of the luncheon that “[the] event was amazing. As a woman of color, it’s nice to know that we have initiatives and projects that encourage diversity and training.”