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Kent State’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Presents Trends in Diversity

Kent State University’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is presenting the inaugural issue of a new peer-reviewed, academic online journal called Trends in Diversity.


Trends in Diversity is an open-access, online journal that provides a platform for intellectual dialogue and exploration of emerging and transformative issues of equity, inclusiveness and diversity in higher education. 


Preferred Name for Faculty and Staff Now Available

Thanks to a collaborative effort between Spectrum; the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the Division of Human Resources; and the Division of Information Services, the first phase of the Preferred Name system is now active for faculty and staff at Kent State University!
Phase one will allow faculty and staff to update their preferred name in the following systems:
1.    Banner SSB – This includes HR web directory, phone directory, shared table integration, text changes.

2018 President's Award of Distinction Presented to Ken Ditlevson

Jasmina D. Waters promoted to Director of Classic Academy, Upward Bound Program

staff photo of Jasmina WatersCongratulations to Jasmina D. Waters on her promotion to Director of Classic Academy, Upward Bound Program! After successfully serving as interim Director of Classic Academy, DEI is pleased to share this great news! Jasmina began her career with Upward Bound as a Graduate Assistant then working as Academic Coordinator and Assistant Director of the Math Science Program. 


Celebrating the Women Who Have Had an Impact on Kent State University

The Williamson House is the home of the Women's Center, which is celebrating the impact of women throughout Kent State's history.

The Women's Center wants to celebrate not just the women who come into the center, but decades of women who have left a legacy at Kent State.

SMC engages students and celebrates center's 50th anniversary!

Group photo of SMC staff and students

The Student Multicultural Center (SMC) has had an exciting start to the Fall Semester! We welcomed 275 students to participate in our Kupita/Transiciones program. The students shared their experiences and mentioned they felt they belonged to Kent State and that they had a family within the Student Multicultural Center’s staff, student leaders, and participants. With over 30 cultural sessions, community building, and social activities, our Kupita/Transiciones participants felt very excited, proud, and prepared to go into the Fall 2018 semester! 

A New Culture of Leadership for Equity and Success

The Office of Faculty and Graduate Student Retention, Success and Inclusion will host the annual Diversity Workshop on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, in the Ballroom Balcony of the Kent Student Center. This year’s workshop is titled, “A New Culture of Leadership for Equity and Success.”

Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services Marks 5 Years at Kent State

student holds up sign in front of ksu table

Over the past five years, SRVSS has led the charge in changing the culture around sexual and relationship violence that affects our community through education on healthy relationships, consent and power-based personal violence and empowering survivors.  

Collaboration leads to first play at Kent completely in Spanish.

¿Hablas español?

What do you get when you join cultural and linguistically relevant programming, interdisciplinary collaborations, student and faculty engagement, and community partnerships? A historic moment of awesomeness—also known in Spanish as La Cueva de Salamanca.

Summer Institute Led by TRIO Upward Bound Programs

Upward Bound students pose for group photo

TRIO Upward Bound cannot imagine spending summers any differently. We hosted nearly 150 high school students from seven high schools throughout northeastern Ohio on Kent State University’s Kent campus. In collaboration with a staff of over forty academic mentors, residential personnel, instructors, and committed University partners, our students were provided transformative educational experiences focusing on their seamless transition to post-secondary life.

LGBTQ Student Center offers social, mentorship and research opportunities.

Student poses at LGBTQ Welcome

The LGBTQ Student Center looks forward to serving thousands of new and returning members of the community at Kent State by providing social, mentorship, and research opportunities within a safe and welcoming environment. 

Kent State Student Reaches Sky-High for the Academic S.T.A.R.S

Jordan Wilkens stands in front of a background image of Kent State University's Kent Campus Esplanade

When Jordan Wilkins was a senior in high school, he thought he knew what he wanted after graduation – a career in the United States Air Force. However, his principal envisioned a different path, one where he would soar sky-high, not in a plane, but at a four-year university.