Diversity and Scholarship Celebration

celebrating the Achievements of
individuals, organizations
and businesses that support diversity, equity and inclusion.


The Dr. Daniel Mahony Award for Social Responsibility 


This humanitarian award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has achieved eminence for distinctive service relating to and/or enhancing diversity. The esteemed recipient undoubtedly has enriched the quality of life and opportunity for under-represented/under-served individuals locally, regionally and/or nationally and has positively impacted the Kent State University community.


The Annie L. Dawson Foundation

the annnie l dawson foundation


The Community Impact Award 


Awarded to recognize individuals, organizations and/or agencies (external to the University) who have developed programs or activities focusing on the positive development of underrepresented/underserved populations within the University or surrounding communities.


Billy Soule

Former Director, Akron Peacemakers, City of Akron


billy soule


Betsy Justice and LoveLight, Inc.


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Outstanding Creative Contribution Award 


Awarded to recognize an individual/organization that has developed unique programs to enhance the recruitment, retention and graduation of underrepresented/underserved students’ university- wide. 


Gregory King

Assistant Professor, School of Dance


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Advancing Diversity Scholarship Award


Awarded to recognize faculty members, research teams or departments that have conducted research or been involved in scholarly activity related to and/or focusing on the advancement of the quality of life for underrepresented/ underserved populations. 


Dr. Janice Byrd

Assistant Professor, Counselor Education and Supervision


dr. janice byrd


Dr. Christa Porter

Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration


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Student Inclusive Influence Award 


Awarded annually to recognize underrepresented/underserved graduate and under-graduate students who have excelled scholastically while performing extraordinary service to the University community. Their demonstration (through leading, promoting and/or participating) in diverse initiatives has shown a consistent pattern of commitment to creating inclusive and diverse learning environments for historically under-represented/under-served populations. The graduate nominee must have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA and the under-graduate nominee must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA. 


Graduate Award

Elizabeth Jean

Ph.D. Student, Psychology


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Undergraduate Award

Manny Jackson

Senior, Communications Studies Major


manny jackson



Alumni Legacy Award 


Awarded to recognize an alumnus for their distinguished contributions and extraordinary service in the areas of diversity and social justice. 


Sharlene Chesnes

Co-Founder and President/CEO, InterChez


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Hosted by University College and the Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion              

For more information, contact N. J. Akbar at nakbar@kent.edu