Kent Engaged and Emerging Professionals

All Kent State University Employees are invited to join the "Kent Engaged and Emerging Professionals."

The Kent Engaged and Emerging Professionals (KEEP) group targets any university employee that identifies as an emerging or engaged leader.

KEEP is focused on three goals:

  • To provide opportunities for its members to grow professionally.
  • To organize service options and give its members a chance to give back to the greater community.
  • To serve as a base to meet other engaged and emerging professionals in the area.

In reaching these goals, KEEP will leverage cross-divisional collaboration, will increase university pride and engagement, and will build stronger relationships with the greater community. We currently offer virtual events and a Microsoft Teams channel for connecting. If you're interested in leadership opportunities, please email Nzinga Hart, KEEP Chair, at


Through a collaborative spirit, we will support and build the Kent State faculty and staff community through opportunities for networking, service and professional development offered to employees across the university system.


To foster a culture of engagement, empowerment and fulfillment for professionals at Kent State University.

Become a Member

The Kent Engaged and Emerging Professionals is open to any employee of Kent State University. Whether faculty or staff, emerging on experience, you can now find a space to connect with the entire Kent State University workforce. Join our Microsoft Teams channel for official communications and updates.


Our events focus on professional development, leadership, community service and socialization. We are currently meeting virtually until further notice.

KEEP Listening Hour

November 15 at noon

KEEP would like to invite you to participate in our staff listening hour. Join us to communicate your concerns. Thinking about your job at Kent State, what is on your mind? Do you have concerns or praise about the opportunities you have to advance your career? This is a safe space to talk and we are willing to facilitate anonymous feedback. This opportunity is created for staff by staff. We hope you will join us!

Click here to join!

Please email if you need assistance with joining. 

KEEP Mentoring Monday

March 20 at noon, location TBD

Developed in partnership between Human Resources Training & Development and KEEP, Mentoring Mondays provide a way for Kent State employees to connect as mentor and mentee. Join us over lunch for round-table-style discussions with professionals in a variety of fields. 

Learn more!


Contact Us

You can reach us by emailing or any leader directly.

Leadership for the 2020-2021 year is as follows:

Nzinga Hart – Chair
Kristofer Braxton – Vice-Chair
Deanna Duffy– Board Secretary
Stephanie Gaskins – Chair, Service, Tresurer