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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. 

 

Forbes Ranks Kent State Nation’s Top University for Diversity Employment

Senior Chemist Hari Krishna Bisoyi (left) and Senior Research Fellow Quan Li (right) conduct an experiment in Kent State University’s Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, located on the campus in Kent, Ohio.

Kent State University has the distinction of ranking among the top five companies nationwide in Forbes recent list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2019.

Kent State Honors 2019 Diversity Award Recipients

Kent State President Beverly J. Warren and Vice President Alfreda Brown give the Diversity Trailblazer Award to Dean Tondiglia, director of public safety and Kent State police chief.

Kent State University’s Director of Public Safety and Police Chief Dean Tondiglia was honored with the university’s 2019 Diversity Trailblazer Award for his years of promoting inclusion and diversity within public safety.

Memorial Planned for Dr. Dolores Noll

Dr. Dolores Noll, emeritus professor of English and pioneer for LGBTQ+ rights and people, received the Diversity Trailblazer Award in 2010.

It is with heavy hearts we share news that Dr. Dolores Noll, diversity trailblazer and pioneer for LGBTQ+ rights, passed away on January 8, 2019. To honor the life and legacy of Dr. Noll, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the LGBTQ Student Center are jointly hosting a memorial on February 11, 4-6 pm in the LGBTQ Student Center (Kent Student Center, O24). All are invited to attend to share stories and celebrate the life of an important pioneer in LGBTQ rights. 

A Cleveland Clinic Surgeon's Journey to Address the Elimination of Health Disparities by Charles Modlin, MD, FACS

In honor of Black History Month, the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs (RASP) invites you to attend “A Cleveland Clinic Surgeon's Journey to Address the Elimination of Health Disparities”, a lecture by Charles Modlin, MD, FACS. Dr. Modlin is the sole African American transplant surgeon in Northeast Ohio, and one of only 17 African American transplant surgeons in the country. His area of special interest is healthcare disparities experienced by minority patients in the United States. A reception will follow Dr. Modlin’s lecture.

Empowering students to STAND UP

Groups of students

This fall a majority of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) leadership team attended the skill-based workshop for Green Dot, a bystander movement at Kent State. After attending the workshop, the USG leadership team allocated $15,000 for the promotion of bystander messaging with students. The Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS) is assisting USG in developing a plan for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April and a summer orientation program to encourage proactive prevention of harm to those in our community.

Women’s Center Action Council in Action

female students congregate around table

While the Williamson House was scheduled to be torn down during the first phase of the Kent State master plan, the Women’s Center is thrilled to share that the Williamson House will remain and the Women’s Center, Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Leadership are staying in this historic community space. The Williamson House has been part of the Kent State community since it was donated by the origi-nal owner, Portage County Common Pleas Judge Carl. H.

TRIO Upward Bound Programs Making a Difference

Upward Bound students pose for group photo

Each Kent State TRIO Upward Bound Program received a 4.25% increase this year. This increase will be used to augment educational opportunities and diminish social, academic, cultural and socio-economic barriers for our participants seeking entrance into and success in post-secondary education. Additionally, our team was awarded two supplemental coding grants providing students with a rigorous software development boot camp to foster basic, intermediate and advanced skills. 

SMC Continues 50th Celebration

students smile and laugh

The Student Multicultural Center’s (SMC) 50th Anniversary celebration is well under way! We have made plans to celebrate, honor and commemorate the 50th Anniversary throughout the entire 2018-19 Academic Year. Following our kick-off celebration in September, we have held monthly events including a historical museum co-sponsored with Black United Students who is also celebrating 50 years, a dance workshop, and made enhancements to our fall 2018 Karamu Ya Wahitimu/Celebración de los Graduados cultural pre-commencement celebration.

LGBTQ Student Center Launches New Social Groups

Student poses at lgbtq welcome

This year was a busy and productive year for the LGBTQ Student Center. In 2018, The Center had nearly 6,000 contacts, coordinated 82 programs and events, and facilitated 70 training sessions; training nearly 1,700 individuals.  We also hosted our largest and most successful Rainbow Run, which helped to raise nearly $4,000 for the LGBTQ Emergency Fund. We also raised over $11,000 in the Giving Tuesday campaign, which helped generate enough funds to help 22 LGBTQ+ students who are in financial crisis.

Kent State to Hold Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 23

Kent State students listen to the keynote speaker during the university's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

Angela Rye, principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, lawyer, political strategist and former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, to serve as keynote speaker.

A prominent political strategist, lawyer and advocate for positive change in the political process will serve as the keynote speaker at Kent State University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Angela Rye, principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, will join the university in celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. 

Fall 2018 New Hire Diversity Luncheon

faculty and staff presenters group photo at new hire luncheon

The Office of Faculty and Graduate Student Retention, Success and Inclusion in collaboration with Human Resources hosted the annual New Hire Diversity Luncheon on November 7, 2018. The luncheon welcomed and honored new diverse faculty and staff hires invited from all Kent State campuses. The luncheon provided attendees a networking opportunity to meet new diverse hires as well as receive valuable resources to help them be successful at Kent State University.

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. 

 

2018 President's Award of Distinction Presented to Ken Ditlevson

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.