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 Mentoring Monday

March 20 at noon, virtual via Microsoft Teams.

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. 

March Mentors:

Dr. Na'tasha Evans, Assistant Professor, Health Education and Promotion

Dr. Dana Lawless-Andric, Associate Vice President, Office of University Engagement & Outreach

Marquis Davis, Project Coordinator, Equity and Diversity Training

Join the KEEP Team today to receive your calendar invite!