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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

2018 Diversity Events 

 
SPEAK YOUR PEACE

Reflections: Honoring the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
12 - 1 p.m.
Campus Center Fireplace Lounge
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Initiatives.  

Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through readings of passages and musical selections which promote unity. Contact Kathy Kinzer-Downs at 330-244-3578 or kkinzerd@kent.edu with questions.

 
PRESENTATION: THE BLACK MALE EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA 

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
201 Main Hall
Presented by William Casterlow, enrollment management & student services advisor.
Sponsored by the Black History Month Committee. 

 
FILM: THE BLACK LIST, VOLUME II with DISCUSSION

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
317 Main Hall
Discussion led by Joel Carbonell, Ph.D., associate professor of political science.
Sponsored by the Black History Month Committee.
Refreshments provided.

The Black List is a short film highlighting African-American contributions in science, arts and humanities, economics, history and politics. The film will promote an appreciation of diversity; serve as inspiration for individuals looking for guidance in their career and educational goals; and provide follow-up opportunities for group discussion.  

 
PRESENTATION: AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR I

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
128 Science & Nursing
Presented by Leslie Heaphy, Ph.D., associate professor of history.
Sponsored by the Black History Month Committee.
Refreshments provided by the Kent State Stark Honors Program.

 
FILM: BLACK PANTHER DOCUMENTARY with DISCUSSION

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
2 - 4 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium
Discussion led by Kathy Kinzer-Downs, coordinator for Multicultural Initiatives.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Initiatives.
Refreshments provided.

 
"FAMILIES & FEMINISMS" JURIED EXHIBITION
Call for entries deadline: Friday, Feb. 16 
Sponsored by the Women's History Committee.
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In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Women’s History Committee at Kent State University at Stark is accepting submissions for a group exhibition in March 2018 featuring works that explore themes relating to the title of the exhibition, “Families and Feminisms”. Students and professional artists are welcome to apply. The "Families and Feminisms" theme can be interpreted broadly. Cash prizes totaling $500 will be awarded by our juror, Donna Webb. 

 
WALLACE COLEMAN BAND

Folk and Electric Blues
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
6 - 8 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium
Free, tickets not required.
Sponsored by the Black History Month Committee.

Wallace Coleman, a 10-year veteran of the Grammy Award-winning Robert Lockwood Jr. Band, started his own band in 1996. He later established his own record label, which he named Ella Mae Music, in honor of his late mother. Coleman has released four, critically acclaimed CDs on his label, including his latest release, Blues In The Wind, Remembering Robert Jr. Lockwood. Coleman has won a Living Blues Award for fan favorite, as well as garnered two nominations for outstanding harmonica. He has been named an Ohio Heritage Fellow. His performance embodies an American art form that has all but disappeared from the African-American music landscape and is certain to captivate blues lovers of all ages. Learn more about the Wallace Coleman Band.

 
FILM: SELMA with DISCUSSION

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
3 - 5 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium
Discussion led by Kathy Kinzer-Downs, coordinator for Multicultural Initiatives.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Initiatives.
Refreshments provided.

 
DISPLAY AND BOOK DRAWING by noted female authors
March 1 - 31, 2018
Learning Resource Center (Library)

 
GALLERY OF BEAUTY

March 1 - 13, 2018
7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Campus Center
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Initiatives.

View a collection of photographs of women from around the local and campus community.

 
PRESENTATION: WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT IN OHIO

Monday, March 5, 2018
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
301 Main Hall
Presented by Leslie Heaphy, Ph.D., associate professor of history.
Sponsored by the Women's History Month Committee and the Office of Multicultural Initiatives.

 
FILM: LADY BIRD
 
Tuesday, March 13 & Wednesday, March 14, 2018
2 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium
Sponsored by the Women's History Month Committee and the Office of Multicultural Initiatives.
Light refreshments provided.

 
MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

Wednesday, March 14 & Thursday, March 15, 2018
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Campus Center
Sponsored by the Diversity Committee, Office of Multicultural Initiatives and Office Global Education Initiatives.

The Multicultural Festival brings the international sights, sounds and flavors of Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico to campus and provides opportunities to explore and celebrate the culture, food, music and art of these four very different countries that have a daily impact on world events.

  
"FAMILIES & FEMINISMS": JURIED ART EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION
Wednesday, March 21
3 - 5 p.m.
Fine Arts Gallery
Juror: Donna Webb
Sponsored by the Women's History Month Committee.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Women’s History Committee at Kent State University at Stark will feature works that explore themes relating to the title of the exhibition, “Families and Feminisms”.

 
PANEL DISCUSSION: LGBTQ ISSUES IN THEATER
Wednesday, April 4
3:30 p.m.
111 Science & Nursing
Panel: Daniel Nadon, Brian Newberg and Lauren Vachon.
Sponsored by the LGBT Faculty Committee.

Open to all members of the Kent State Stark community. Join us for a fascinating discussion which will include a Q&A. Refreshments will be served.
 

SPEAK YOUR TRUTH: #MeToo/#MeToo?
Thursday, April 12, 2018
1 - 2 p.m.
Campus Center Lounge
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Initiatives and Counseling Services.

This Speak Your Truth conversation is about sexual harassment: how to identify it, how it affects others and how one can obtain resources.

 
A NIGHT OF DRAG

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium
Sponsored by the LGBT Faculty Committee.

The Kent State University at Stark LGBT Faculty Committee presents A Night of Drag. Meet four performers: Angel Safyre (lead performer and hostess), Angelica Arkett, Natasshja Norielle and Nicole Canova. Though entertaining, this event will be highly informational as well. Following the performance, there will be a student-moderated Q&A session. Performers will talk about the existence of drag as an important aspect of the LGBTQ+ community and about their personal involvement with the art form. Due to potential adult language, this event is for mature audiences audiences only; 18 years and older. This is a free event, no tickets are required.