Kent State’s University Stewards Program Offers Support for Students
Kent State University officially launched the University Stewards program this semester. The program provides students with stewards who work to serve as a point of resource, referral and support.
University Stewards, a collaboration between the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, was initially tested in the 2016 Spring Semester with a class of 15 stewards. The fall semester will introduce the program’s second class of stewards and expand to the Regional Campuses, bringing the program to a total of more than 30 faculty members who will serve students.
The tag line “Kent State Climate ... not the weather but how we make you feel. Tell a University Steward,” is designed to provide students with an on-campus resource to address any issues they may face while attending Kent State.
“We wanted to offer something a lot less formal for students,” says Avery Danage Jr., special assistant to the associate vice president in the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “If you are a member of the Kent State community and have an issue, no matter how big or small, we will listen and then work with you to figure out where other services or action might come into play.”
Students can request individual stewards or file a general request to meet with a steward by visiting www.kent.edu/universitystewards or the KSUMobile app. A Twitter account for University Stewards also will be available in the spring.
The program will accept new stewards once a year, but is always looking for interested faculty and staff members. While there is no formal application process, interested staff and faculty can contact Jennifer Kulics at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process of becoming a steward.
The program was introduced to students during an introductory event on Risman Plaza on Sept. 28.
“It would be great to see every department on campus represented with this program,” Danage says. “For us, that’s what this program is really all about. If you aren’t happy with something, anything, on campus, we want to talk about it.”
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