Fall 2018 New Hire Diversity 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.

The luncheon featured remarks by esteemed speakers Alfreda Brown, Ed.D., Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Todd Diacon, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Provost, and Jack Witt, MBA, J.D., Vice President, Human Resources. 

A special highlight of the event were three guest speakers who are seasoned employees at Kent State: Shanna Kuikahi, Senior Secretary, Stark Campus, Roberto Chavez, Assistant Director from the College of Business, and Dr. Kizzy Albritton, Assistant Professor, School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences. Each guest speaker provided tools on how to be successful at Kent State from their individual perspectives.

In addition to the speakers, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) were in attendance and conducted a lively icebreaker. For more information, or to join an ERG please visit

Ruth Washington, PhD.,  Executive Director for the Office of Faculty and Graduate Student Retention, Success and Inclusion said, “This hour spent together with new employees and guests is always magical. We will definitely partner with Human Resources next year.”  

If you would like more information about this luncheon or future luncheons, please contact Gina Campana at gcampana@kent.edu.

POSTED: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:54pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 21, 2018 - 10:17am
Office of Faculty and Graduate Student Retention, Inclusion and Success Staff