Comparing Diversities Conference Postponed

Due to the number of significant events taking place this year, we are postponing the Comparing Diversities Conference. This is a signature year for Kent State that honors several milestones for our university. In place of the conference, we are shifting our focus to celebrate the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion's 10 year anniversary and the upcoming May 4 events. More details about DEI's anniversary event are forthcoming, and information about the 50th Commemoration of May 4 can be found here.


ASSURE Summer Research Program

Group photo ASSURE summer 2019 Cohort

The Access and Support for Successful Undergraduate Research Experience (ASSURE) Program is hosting twelve undergraduate students this summer, its largest group yet. These students spend eight weeks researching in their field of interest with a faculty member, and present their research in a closing ceremony. 

2018-19 Vice President's Shining Star, Katie Mattise

In recognition of their outstanding performance and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Katie Mattise, Assistant Director for the LGBTQ+ Center, has been named the Vice President's Shining Star recipient for academic year 2018-19. Congratulations Katie!

Learn more about Katie Mattise

Diversity Education and Training Lab Leads Lean Team

Under the lead of Natasha Curtis, the DEI Lean Team is working to coordinate training efforts across the division. This project aims to streamline and standardize processes regarding education and training, improving the process for both facilitator and trainee.  

Opportunities for Healing with Center for SRVSS

4 individuals wearing Green Dot shirts

The Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services is continuing to provide support groups for those who have survived abuse, including the More than Words: Healing through the Arts monthly workshop.

SMC celebrates spring 2019 Karamu Ya Wahitimu/Celebración de los Graduados

students at karamu spring 2019

The Student Multicultural Center (SMC) celebrated over 290 graduates during the Karamu Ya Wahitimu/Celebración de los Graduados cultural pre-commencement celebration. This summer, 18 students are participating in the Academic S.T.A.R.S. summer program and preparations for the Kupita/Transiciones cultural orientation are underway. 

Talk Show Host and Former Kent State Student Steve Harvey Pays It Forward

Steve Harvey shares a joke with the eight scholarship recipients who will be attending Kent State this fall as Sonya Williams (far right) from the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion looks on. (Photo provided by the "Steve" television show)

Steve Harvey, producer, actor, author and former Kent State University student, is paying it forward by awarding eight of Kent State’s incoming freshmen with scholarships that will cover the total cost of attendance for each student, as well as highlighting the students on a segment of his show.

Kent State Receives Highest Possible Score as an LGBTQ-Friendly Campus

Kent State University students wearing their rainbow graduation stoles smile during the university’s 2019 One University Commencement.

A national organization has recognized Kent State University with a perfect overall score for the university’s efforts to create a more inclusive campus and welcoming environment for all.