JMC Student Honored by The Sage Project
Junior public relations major Keri Richmond was honored by The Sage Project, an initiative from the Kent State Women’s Center that serves as a way to recognize female and female identifying students who have demonstrated innovation, creativity, risk-taking and leadership skills in their academic and personal lives.
In the summer of 2015, Richmond spoke in front of Congress about the foster care system based on personal experiences she had in the system.
“Keri is such a go-getter. I know when we think of this generation of students, many believe that they need direction and guidance. Keri is unique in that regard. When she sees something that needs fixed, or changed, she just takes initiative to fix or change it,” said Yvette Mendoza, a Kent State administrative assistant who nominated Richmond as an honoree of The Sage Project.
Richmond came to Kent State for its prestigious fashion program, but quickly made the transition into public relations when she realized she could use her skillset to advocate for others.
“Advocacy is the essence of public relations and the foundation on which I hope to lay my life's work. The JMC public relations program has helped me learn how to develop my voice across all platforms,” Richmond said. “The skills JMC has equipped me with have prepared me to be an agent of change, not just when I graduate, but now. My professors, especially Stephanie Smith, have continued to believe in me, push me and guide me to reaching my dreams and making this world a better place.”
Richmond was honored with a Story Board that was displayed in Franklin Hall about the work she has done to become a Sage Project Honoree. Her board will be on display to educate students about the positive impact Richmond has made at a national level.
“I have found a voice at Kent State, I have found family at Kent State and I have found myself at Kent State. Now, it's my hope to help others do the same during their collegiate experience,” Richmond said.