Shana Lee

Shana Lee HeadshotAssistant Dean of Students

Division of Student Affairs, Kent Campus

After working at Kent State University for several years with a focus on serving the university’s underrepresented student populations, Shana Lee recently transferred to the Division of Student Affairs to help support its efforts with parents and families. Making this transition during the pandemic came with special challenges. A large population was in need, with high levels of need and high expectations from parents and families. Lee entered her new role with limited resources and staff and no clear blueprint for success. This was the first time the division had hired a person dedicated to this task.

Lee found ways to advocate for parents and families and empower their voices. She also connected with her colleagues to support them. She was able to elevate the experiences of Kent State’s parents and families with insight and support that, in turn, enhanced the Kent State experience for students. Lee also incorporated affinity groups of parents of underrepresented students along with a Parent and Family Council that will guide further growth in this area. Her colleagues have observed that Lee’s transition was aligned with her passions in finding creative ways to support Kent State parents. The growth of our parents, families and campus community has benefited greatly from Lee’s growth into the work she is now doing.