Kent Young Professionals Expand University Roots
Kent Young Professionals (KYP) provides university professionals with an opportunity to develop relationships, and serve and connect with the Kent State community. Open to all faculty and staff across the university system, KYP fosters a culture of engagement, empowerment and fulfilment for the young and young at heart.
“We have a real opportunity to enhance how new voices are added to the spirit of Kent State,” said Nzinga Hart, academic program coordinator at the College of Communication and Information and KYP chair. “By coming together and brainstorming how to serve new and young professionals, we can offer experiences and educational opportunities that speak directly to our needs.”
Formed in 2015, KYP was created in response to the campus climate study, which revealed that some professionals new to higher education were disconnected beyond the scope of their immediate departments and teams.
Soon afterwards, Michael Kavulic, director Office of Research and Strategic Initiatives and Tim Pagliari, project director, Kent State System Integration, formed a leadership team and provided a variety of on and off campus events. The organization focused on providing members with professional development, social events and service committees. Last year Alyssa Mazey, assistant director of International Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences, was named co-chair.
The group expanded its role and position on campus by participating in university-wide initiatives like the Employee Resource Groups and The Great Place Initiative.
Members enjoy a variety of experiences, such as coffee chats and discussion panels with senior leadership, tours of unique campus spaces, and access to service opportunities. To date, the organization has hosted over 20 events, and has grown its mailing list to more than 100 members.
As an organization, the Kent Young Professionals is exploring ways to grow and expand services to its key members. As such, a meeting is planned in August to offer all members the opportunity to hear, share, and grow the vision for KYP’s future.