The Safe Space Ally Training program is run by well versed presenters approved by the LGBTQ+ Center. All presenters have gone through Safe Space Ally Training previously and understand how to guide you through the training. They are all certified to answer your questions and are excited to work with you and explore how to make Kent State University a safe space for all. Please scroll through the information below and learn more about the presenters we have for safe space training.
Ken M. Ditlevson, M.Ed., LPCC-S serves as the first director of Kent State University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Plus (LGBTQ+) Center. Ditlevson is a two-time graduate of Kent State, having received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Education in community counseling.
Prior to accepting this position, Ditlevson spent the last two years serving as the assistant vice president and director of special programs for Child Guidance and Family Solutions in Akron, where he monitored a budget of more than $2 million annually and collaborated with various schools, agencies and communities throughout Northeast Ohio to expand the reach of services offered.
Ditlevson served on the board for the Akron Pride Center for five years and was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2009. Ditlevson received two awards for creating innovative programming. In 2013, he received the Trailblazer Award from the Summit County Mental Health Board, and in 2008, he received the Louis D. Kacalieff, M.D. Award from Child Guidance & Family Solutions. As Director of Kent State’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Center, Ditlevson provides direct leadership for the center regarding issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, as well as advancing LGBTQ equality through programs, training, support services, and university and community outreach collaborations.
AJ Leu, M.Ed. serves as the Safe Space Trainer for Kent State University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Plus (LGBTQ+) Center. Originally a native of southwestern Pennsylvania, Amanda Leu first came to Kent State University as an undergraduate student in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. After receiving her B.S. in Architecture, Leu continued her education here at Kent State by earning a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Personnel as well as two Graduate Certificates in College Teaching and Institutional Research + Assessment. Leu’s research is centered around gender and sexuality topics, with particular respect to identity development, diversity trainings, and the success and retention of LGBTQ+ students in higher education. Leu also currently serves as an Academic Advisor in the College of Communication and Information while maintaining connections to diversity issues on campus through work with the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the LGBTQ Student Center, the LGBTQ Advisory Council, and an LGBTQ Faculty/Staff organization called Spectrum.