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.

Save these dates!

1. LGBTQ+ Fall Kick Off: Wednesday, August 24th 2022, 2-4pm, Kent Student Center Ballroom. Students that attend have 2 chances to win $250 to the University Bookstore.

2. Rainbow Run: October 7th 2022, 7pm, Risman Plaza in front of the Kent Student Center. Cost is $20 for students and $25 for non-students, with proceeds benefiting the LGBTQ+ Emergency Fund. To register please visit

3. Virtual event “So your kid came out as LGBTQ+…What now?” November 29th, 6-7:30pm. Come listen to a panel of parents, students, and professionals discuss their experiences surrounding topics of coming out. Registration is required: Please contact for more information.


  • Emmett Drugan, MEd, LPC, CDCA, NCC, Navigate Counseling, KSU Alumni 2020
  • Sandy Varndell, LSW, Founder and President, OutSupport, Inc, KSU Alumni 1984.

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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