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En Kent somos todos familia, In Kent we are all family

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kent State University has spearheaded a series of initiatives designed to offer culturally and linguistically appropriate support to students, faculty and staff who identify as Latinx/Hispanic as well as those with a special interest in the richness of this culture. These initiatives center around the idea of collaboration and collective impact with the goal of strengthening the voice and sense of belonging of all students, faculty and staff, including those with an affinity to the Latinx/Hispanic culture.

The Student Multicultural Center Celebrates 50 Years at Kent State University

Beginning in the Fall of 1968, the Office of Minority Affairs was created within the Human Relations Center to serve as a liaison with and provide consultative and special services to minority groups, students, and organizations. The overall goal of the Office of Minority Affairs was for the students they served to realize their full educational potential as noted by Dr. Wilson in April of 1970. The first person to head the office was Donald Thigpen, a political science student who also served as the co-chairman of Black United Students.

Celebrating Trailblazers in Media Diversity

Peter Bhatia

Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will honor Peter Bhatia, editor of the Detroit Free Press, with the 2018 Robert G. McGruder Distinguished Award for his accomplishments in media diversity.

Kent State Honors Economics Professor and College of Communication and Information With 2018 Diversity Awards

Vice President Alfreda Brown (left) and Dana Lawless-Andric (right) present the 2018 Diversity Trailblazer Award to Kathy Wilson, Ph.D., professor of economics.

For Kathy Wilson, Ph.D., diversity means not just having a campus where everyone should be included, respected and comfortable, but where people actually feel that way.

Kent State Holds 16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration With Keynote Speaker Bertice Berry

Kent State alumna and sociologist Bertice Berry, Ph.D., delivers her keynote address during the 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

Alumna Bertice Berry, an award-winning entertainer, lecturer and comedienne, served as keynote speaker


Kent State Earns Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for Fifth Consecutive Year

Kent State University students file into Dix Stadium for their Commencement ceremony this past May. Kent State has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Kent State University’s commitment to maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus has received acknowledgement from INSIGHT Into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, for a fifth consecutive year. INSIGHT Into Diversity has selected Kent State as a recipient of the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.

The Society for Diversity Honors Kent State for Serving as a National Model for Workplace Inclusion

Lisa Givan (left), Alfreda Brown (middle) and Dana Lawless-Andric, all from Kent State's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, display the Innovation + Inclusion Leadership Award that was presented to the university.

Kent State University is receiving national recognition for its mission to support a climate that welcomes and supports diversity in all of its forms. The Society for Diversity is presenting the university with the distinctive Innovation + Inclusion Leadership Award.