The Kent State LGBTQ+ Center supports an inclusive environment on all KSU campuses, advocates for all individuals and community groups based on sexual and gender identity, and promotes physical, mental and academic wellness.

The center is a welcoming environment to LGBTQ students and their allies. The informed staff strives to educate the campus community about sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure Kent State University remains a safe space for all students.

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"Giving Tuesday" - Please consider donating to the LGBTQ+ Emergency Fund


The LGBTQ+ Center thanks you all for your help in promoting our Giving Tuesday campaign, which raised critical funding for our LGBTQ+ Emergency Fund.  Because of your help, we surpassed our goal of $20,000 and raised nearly $25,000!  As part of that total, our fund earned an additional $500 for coming in 3rd place across the university with having the 3rd highest number of unique donors, which is the first time we’ve ever placed in the top 3.  This is a huge outcome for us and our fund.

We have raised enough funding to help 50 students through our emergency fund.   Think about that piece….because of your help, 50 students will be more likely to reach their educational goals and will hopefully reach graduation. Thank you so much for your help and support in reaching and surpassing our goal. It truly could not have happened if it weren’t for each of you.

Thanks so much for your support of this exciting opportunity! Keep watching our listserv emails and social media for information on our fund and stories about the impact of your contribution.

Donate Here

Lavender Graduation 2024

Save the date - Lavender Graduation 2024 will be held on Thursday, May 2nd, 2024.  Are you a KSU student in the LGBTQ+ community that is graduating (any level) during Spring, Summer of Fall 2024? We want to celebrate you! All are welcome but registration is required, and will open in February 2024. Stay tuned!

Headshot of Meghan Schwind, Assistant Director of the LGBTQ+ Center

Please join us in welcoming Meghan Schwind (she/her), as the new Assistant Director for the LGBTQ+ Center!  Although Meghan is relatively new the Center; having started last week, she worked in University Housing for several years and may be a familiar face to many.  Meghan’s email address is: Meghan earned a Bachelor of Education in health and physical education with a minor in aquatics, and a Master of Arts in student affairs in higher education from Slippery Rock University (SRU).  While a college student, Meghan played on the women’s rugby team, and went on to coach at SRU, Colorado Mesa University, and California University of PA. 


Read More About Meghan Schwind

Save the Date - Fall 2023 Events!


So Your Kid Came Out As LGBTQ+... What's Next?

Come listen to a virtual panel of parents, students, and professionals discuss their experiences surrounding topics of coming out. Featuring Emmet Drugan (MEd, LPC, CDCA, NCC, Phoenix Counseling Center, KSU Alumni 2020) and Sandy Varndell (LSW, Founder and President of OutSupport, Inc, KSU Alumni 1984).

November 30th, 2023 at 5:30-7pm. Registration is required. 

Register Here

Support Students in Need 

The LGBTQ+ Center's emergency fund is available for students in need of additional funding for books, academic supplies, household items, housing, or food.

Contribute to the LGBTQ+ Emergency Fund


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