2018 President's Award of Distinction Presented to Ken Ditlevson
Under Ken Ditlevson’s leadership, the LGBTQ Student Center has never turned away a student. Not only that, with Mr. Ditlevson at the helm, LGBTQ+ students flourish in the open and welcoming environment. With increased scholarship funding, the center has transformed from a walk-in closet to a fully functional office space equipped with everything necessary for students to learn, connect and thrive.
Mr. Ditlevson has raised awareness within Kent State and the surrounding LGBTQ+ community by advocating for and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression by providing support, programs, educational opportunities and leadership development for the university and greater community. His hard work has not gone unnoticed. A genuine appreciation was visible on the faces of the 76 students at Lavender Graduation, an annual ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating LGBTQ+ students.
KEN DITLEVSON, LGBTQ STUDENT CENTER DIRECTOR
Nomination Criteria: Students First