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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.  

Transgender Students Find Home, Security and Support at Kent State

Kent State transgender student Emily Grubb (left) stands with Ken Ditlevson, director of the university’s LGBTQ Student Center. The LGBTQ Student Center is located on the lower level of the Kent Student Center.

For transgender students like Emily Grubb, Kent State is home.

Grubb and other students have found an inclusive, welcoming environment that offers resources for the transgender community, such as the student organization Trans*Fusion and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Student Center. Transgender students also receive support from Kent State’s faculty, staff and administrators.

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training Lab Wins Award from Kent City Schools

Kent City Schools awarded its March Collaborative Organization of the Month to Kent State University’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s Diversity Education and Training Lab.

The Diversity Education and Training Lab promotes dialogue and helps develop inclusion in various environments. The lab also touches on topics such as microaggressions, cultural competency and discrimination. Lisa Givan, associate director of diversity training, oversees and serves as lead facilitator within the lab.