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


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.


Monday, Nov. 2, 2020
3 - 5:45 p.m.
Via Zoom

The link to the documentary showing will be emailed to you after you register.

In Ana DuVernay's thought provoking documentary, scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. A post-showing discussion will be facilitated by Will Casterlow, associate director, AAMLI, Inclusion & Equity/Chief Diversity at the University of Akron, and Sarah Schmidt, assistant director, Global Education Initiatives at Kent State Stark. Direct questions to Dr. Jay Sloan at jdsloan@kent.edu. Sponsored by the Kent State Stark Diversity Committee.


Film Presentation & Discussion
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Via Zoom

The link to the film showing will be emailed to you after you register. View event flyer.

They’re artists, academics, athletes, activists, authors and more -- a remarkable group of African-American notables share candid stories and revealing insights into the struggles, triumphs and joys of black life in the U.S. From the childhood inspirations that shaped their ambitions, to the evolving American landscape they helped define, to the importance of preserving a unique cultural identity for future generations, these prominent individuals offer a unique look into the zeitgeist of black America, redefining the traditional pejorative notion of a blacklist. Discussion moderated by Professor Jessica Jones, Dr. Joel Carbonell and Dr. Robert Hamilton. Direct questions to Professor Jessica Jones at jjones1@kent.edu. Sponsored by the Kent State Stark Black History Committee.