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Kent Talks Archive


Have you experienced microaggressions or felt unwelcomed, disrespected or devalued in our university community? Join us at KENTtalks: Microaggressions to participate in an open dialogue and breakout session to discuss the impact of microaggressions on our campus and what we as individuals and a community can do to improve our campus climate.

KENTtalks is a series designed to promote university-wide education through civil discourse. This program will feature members of Student Diversity Action Council (SDAC) and University Stewards at the beginning of the evening. Students will discuss this topic in groups then come back together to share recommendations as their “call to action." If time permits, we would like to end the evening with a pledge to self and each other.  It is our hope that you would be willing to attend and share in the continued betterment of our campus community. We will also share a meal together with KENTtalks t-shirts for attendees. Please join us for our upcoming KENTtalks program on Thursday, October 27 from 6-8pm in the Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE).

Less Talk, More Action

The Kent Talks hosted on April 18, was developed based on student feedback from the first three Kent Talks. Topics discussed during the first three discussions covered issues that directly impact the student experience at Kent State ranging from race to gender, sexuality and religion and ending with our Kent State Core Values.

We are inviting the student body to come together to see the first actions taken based on their feedback, as well as to provide additional feedback for additional action items.

We have heard your voices and the time to act is now!

If you have questions or comments for the members of the Student Diversity Action Council (SDAC) please contact them using the contact information listed below. For more information about SDAC visit the Student Diversity Action Council website.



Our Voices

At KENTtalks: Our Voices the Kent State community came together to hear the students' perspective on Kent State's new core values. Students came together from various groups on campus to discuss how we as a community can embrace our newly established core values. The discussion focused on questions such as "is the university's support of students aligned with our core values and how can we do better?

Our panel included individuals representing various backgrounds, areas of study and class standing.

Kelvin Berry Director

Economic Development and Community Relations, Kent State University Co-Chair Interfaith Committee

  • Nya Coleman Sophomore
    Journalism & Mass Communication | Resident Assistant, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Alaysia Avila Junior
    Fashion Merchandising | VP of Alpha Psi Lambda Fraternity, Toledo, OH,
  • Bobby Whipple
    Pan-African Studies & Philosophy | Tutor and McNair Scholar, Cincinnati, OH,
  • LaTasha Head
    Communications | Student Success Leader, Peer Leader Trainer, To Write Love on Her Arms, The Late Night Christian Fellowship, Anime Society, and the Kent Communication Society, Akron, OH,
  • Mayagul Satlykgylyjova
    PhD Candidate Cultural Foundations | GSO Teaching Fellow and Vice President of the International Women’s Group, Balkanabat in Balkan (region of Turkmenistan)
  • Ashley Johnson
    PhD Candidate, Psychology | Kent State Black Graduate Student Association Doctoral Representative and Student Affiliates in School Psychology, Mount Vernon, Washington
  • Anuj Gurung
    Doctoral Candidate, Political Science | Class Instructor, GSO Teaching Fellow and Upward Bound, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Shakhnoza Yakubova
    PhD Candidate, Higher Education Administration | Graduate Assistant, Graduate Orientation Teaching Fellow and Global Ambassador, Almaty City, Kazakhstan
Gender, Sexuality and Faith

A dialogue promoting civil discourse and education among various communities. This topic is specifically about how gender and sexuality intersect with faith.


At this discussion within the KENTtalks series, participants discussed race relations and also share their ideas about ways to ensure that every member of our Kent State community can feel respected, valued, and safe. Our discussion was facilitated by Tim Moore, Emeritus Professor, Pan-African Studies