Student Support

DEI is dedicated to increasing diverse representation at the university, creating and sustaining equality of opportunity and intentionally fostering an inclusive and equitable environment. We work diligently to ensure we cultivate a safe, diverse community at Kent State University and harness its power for change. Listed below are groups and initiatives which provide direct support services for students.

Autism Initiatives

Autism Initiatives is dedicated to assisting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their family and friends, by helping them find support and resources that may help the students become successful.

Learn more about Autism Initiatives


Lazos, in Spanish "ties" (as in "family ties"), is a culturally and linguistically relevant mentoring initiative for Latinx/Hispanic students. Lazos provides support for students by meeting with Latinx/Hispanic faculty and staff who offer one-on-one culturally coordinated support in order to promote the student's academic success. All are welcome.

Learn more about Lazos

University Stewards

The University Stewards Program is intended to identify faculty and staff who will serve as points of support, resource and referral for students. The role of a Steward is to serve as informal and neutral resources for students. This effort coordinated between Student Affairs; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and is designed to offer personalized support to students who experience issues related to climate on campus.

Learn more about the University Stewards