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 a young professional.

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 young 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.

1/27/2021 Step into my Story: MLK Discussion Group

1/28/2021 KEEP Lunch Lessons: Finance Your Future 

2/18 KEEP General Membership Meeting: 2021 Vision 

2/23 Teams Trivia Night: KSU Black History 

All events are currently being offered virtually through our Teams channel. Please email if you need assistance with joining. 

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