Diversity Events

Kent State Stark is committed to providing an environment that recognizes the value of bringing together people from all cultures and backgrounds.

Various campus committees create opportunities for the public and campus community to get together and experience diversity in all its forms by:

  • Sponsoring events that celebrate diversity
  • Inviting speakers that focus on diverse topics
  • Developing strategies for bringing diversity into the classroom
  • Increasing efforts to recruit students, faculty and staff with a diverse background

2020-21 DIVERSITY EVENTS

To be determined.

We are following recommendations from state health authorities to limit large gatherings and practice physical distancing to slow transmission of COVID-19. We take these steps to ensure the health and safety of our patrons and to be proactive in an effort to prevent illness.


2019-20 DIVERSITY EVENTS

 
IMMIGRATION "FACT CHECK" POSTERS

Oct. 21 - Nov. 15, 2019
Campus Center

Test your knowledge on one of America's hot-button issues. Sponsored by Global Education Initiatives and the Diversity Committee.


DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019
10 a.m.
101 Science & Nursing

Through the Repellent Fence is a documentary that follows art collective Postcommodity as they strive to construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddled the U.S.-Mexico border. The artists  describe the artwork as “a metaphorical suture stitching together cultures that have inhabited these lands long before borders were drawn.” Sponsored by Global Education Initiatives and the Diversity Committee.


ACIREMA WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
12 p.m.
101 Science & Nursing

Learn what it’s like to become an international student and what it is like to live in the United States of America as an international student or as a foreigner. Sponsored by Global Education Initiatives and the Diversity Committee.


PANEL DISCUSSION: IMMIGRANT VOICES OF KENT STATE STARK
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
2 p.m.
Campus Center

Hear first-hand accounts of the immigration experience from a panel of students, faculty and staff members from Kent State University at Stark. Sponsored by Global Education Initiatives and the Diversity Committee.


PANEL DISCUSSION: FAITH-BASED PERSPECTIVES ON IMMIGRATION
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019
3 p.m.
Campus Center

Listen to a panel of local leaders discuss the role of immigration on their faith tradition's past, present and future. Sponsored by Global Education Initiatives, the Diversity Committee and Interfaith Campus Ministry.


ATTITUDES ABOUT AGING: AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019
2 p.m.
128 Science & Nursing

The world’s population is rapidly aging––with the percentage of people aged 60 years and older expected to reach 21.1% by 2050. This workshop will allow participants to explore their attitudes about aging while learning more about how perceptions of aging in the United States compare to those in other countries. Featured speaker: Dr. Chih-Ling Liou, Human Development and Family Studies. 


JAZZ SEXTET
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Campus Center

Performances by Professor Erin Vaughn and music students. Sponsored by the Black History Committee.


LECTURE: THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
316 Main Hall

Lecture by Dr. Leslie Heaphy. Sponsored by the Black History Committee.


MOVIE & DISCUSSION: "THE BLACK LIST"
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
221 Main Hall

Watch "The Black List" and join in a discussion led by Professor Jessica Jones and Dr. Joel Carbonell. Sponsored by the Black History Committee.


WALLACE COLEMAN BAND
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
6 - 8 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium

Electric Chicago Blues show performed by internationally acclaimed blues artist Wallace Coleman. Free event, no tickets required. Sponsored by the Black History Committee.


LECTURE: BLACK COMPOSERS
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020
3:30 - 5 p.m.
216 Fine Arts

Lecture and survey of music selections by M.J. Albacete. Sponsored by the Black History Committee.


JAZZ SEXTET
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Campus Center

Performances by Professor Erin Vaughn and music students. Sponsored by the Black History Committee.


FEATURED SPEAKER BRYAN TERRELL CLARK
Finding Your Purpose: From Baltimore to Broadway's "Hamilton"
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
7:30 p.m.
Conference Center
Kent State University at Stark

Tickets available Monday, Feb. 17. Event is free but tickets are required. View ticket information.

Bryan Terrell Clark is a singer-songwriter, philanthropist and actor, perhaps best known for his starring role as George Washington in the record-breaking hit “Hamilton: An American Musical” on Broadway. His TV credits include “Empire”, “CSI: NY” and “Blue Bloods”, and musically, he has performed with stars Brandy, Ciara and Michael Bublé. 

Clark made his Broadway debut playing the iconic role of Marvin Gaye in “Motown: The Musical”, which received a 2014 Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album. 

Clark is the co-founder of the philanthropic lifestyle brand inDEFINED, launched in 2017 to inspire and teach young people to use their voices to dispel constrictive labels in society. The online apparel brand supports arts education programs for at-risk youth.


WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH DISPLAY & BOOK DRAWING
Library

Enter to win a free book! Display and book drawing available during the month of March. Sponsored by the Women's History Committee.


LECTURE: THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE IN AMERICA
Tuesday, March 4, 2020
10 - 10:50 a.m.
220 Main Hall

Lecture by Dr. Leslie Heaphy. Sponsored by the Women's History Committee.


MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL - CANCELED
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Campus Center

Beginning at 10 a.m., a traditional Indian tea and snack cart will make its way around Main Hall and Fine Arts. Then at 11 a.m., Kent State Stark students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to sample the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of India in the Campus Center. This is a free event. Sponsored by Global Education Initiatives and the Diversity Committee.


DOCUMENTARY: "RBG" - CANCELED
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
12 - 2 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium

Sponsored by the Women's History Committee.


INTERNATIONAL COOK-OFF - CANCELED
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Campus Center

The campus community is invited to taste flavors from around the world, made by our international students, faculty and staff. After trying different dishes, participants will vote for their favorite. Cost is $3 for students and $8 for faculty, staff and public. All funds go towards study abroad scholarships. Payment can be made with cash, Venmo, and Cashapp. Sponsored by Global Education Initiatives.