In The News | Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Kent State University

Women’s Center Hosts #Elect Her Program

Electher group selfie with students and staff

On February 2, the Women’s Center hosted the first annual #Elect Her program, a one-day nonpartisan training for women on how to run for student government and political office. Through this program, female students learn their worth as leaders and gain the skills needed to create an effective campaign platform. The idea for the event started with a grant proposal from Alise Vannatter, a Kent State Political Science major and Women’s Center summer intern.

Upward Bound Celebrates a Successful College and Career Readiness Event

Upward Bound student with Stephon Brown

As winter came to a close, our three Upward Bound programs joined forces to host a College and Career Readiness event for our families. More than 200 participants spent their morning engaged in enrichment programming led by our Kent State college partners. Colleges of Aeronautics and Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Design, Business Administration, Communication and Information, and Nursing committed their time leading conversations and engaging activities on majors and careers. Kent State Financial Aid and Air Force ROTC provided additional college resources.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SRVSS Take Back the Night participants

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS) is launching several new awareness events in partnership with groups across campus.  Carry the Weight partners with Athletics and Recreational Services to host a week-long (April 8-12) awareness of the “weight” carried by those who have been harmed. The goal is to increase education on how sexual assault affects survivors while participants “carry the weight” through various physical activities.  

LGBTQ+ Centers Summit May 2019 and Fall 2019 TailGayte and Rainbow Run 5K Announced!

LGBTQ participants at homecoming 2018

Wednesday, May 29 at 9 am - 2:30 pm the LGBTQ Student Center will host the LGBTQ+ Center’s Summer Summit at the Kent Student Center. Cost is $30/participant, which includes breakfast, lunch and parking. Contact for the registration link and/or any questions.

Learn more and register for the LGBTQ+ Center’s Summer Summit

Equipping the Leaders of Today, Building the Foundations of Tomorrow

Training Lab individuals participate in group activity

The Diversity Education and Training Lab serves as a conduit for Kent State’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s mission to “empower individuals, expand opportunities, and meaningfully honor all voices” both within the university system and beyond.

ASSURE Program Continues Summer 2019

2018 assure students

For the past two years, the Office of Faculty and Graduate Student Retention, Inclusion and Success has conducted an eight-week multidisciplinary summer research experience for undergraduates called the ASSURE (Access and Support for Successful Undergraduate Research Experience) program. Participating students conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor from their field of interest. The program includes professional development workshops and social activities that allow students to interact and engage with other summer research programs.

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.