The Division of Student Affairs intentionally develops the whole student through transformational experiences. We passionately engage our diverse student population through quality programming and resources that enhance the educational process to ensure student success.
Students are the priority in the Division of Student Affairs. We provide students with the skills necessary to make a positive impact in the world. Our staff creates an inclusive co-curricular experience that supports, challenges and fosters an optimal learning experience. We offer an array of student organization and leadership opportunities.
ABOUT STUDENT AFFAIRS
The Division of Student Affairs encompasses over 25 departments and offices with staff who are committed to supporting all students in their endeavors, in and out of the classroom. Central to the work within the division is a commitment to the vision and mission of Kent State University. All members of the division work to provide a broad and fulfilling student experience.
ADVOCACY, SUPPORT, & WELLBEING
For universities to be student-ready, awareness of student wellness as a part of a holistic experience is paramount. For students to achieve academically, developmentally, and socially, Kent State University must prioritize the accessibility of physical health, mental health, and ethical maturation. We exist to serve students in these capacities so that student growth may be imagined, sought, maintained, and advanced. In addition to advocacy, support, and well-being, this pillar emphasizes each campuses’ collaboration, accountability, crisis management, risk reduction, and education.
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT & SERVICES
Our services provide support to students and contribute to the student experience outside of the classroom. Dining and Housing support sustenance, shelter, and programming. Our services should provide comfort and be seamless, co-curricular, and available. We foster positive relationships with our academic partners complement the core mission of the university. We are here for you.
EQUITY, IDENTITY, & SUCCESS
We are equity-minded leaders who provide targeted support and advocacy and create an inclusive environment with services, spaces, and programs to aid in the retention and success of underrepresented students and the cultural intelligence of all students, staff, and faculty.
STUDENT AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATION
We are student-ready leaders committed to quality care, ethical practice, and responsible stewardship across the Division of Student Affairs. We do so by providing critical support to all divisional units in the areas of healthcare and education, fiscal management and budgeting, technology, assessment and strategic planning. SA Administration also manages these functions at a comprehensive divisional level. Collectively, these efforts amplify the division’s capacity to drive transformative change at individual, organizational, and institutional levels.
Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D., and Taléa R. Drummer-Ferrell, Ph.D., Blazing Historical Trails at Kent State
Kent State University’s Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D., and Taléa R. Drummer-Ferrell, Ph.D., recently entered the annals of university history. On May 1, 2020, Hylton became the first Black person in the university’s history to hold the title of vice president for student affairs. And on July 1, 2020, Drummer-Ferrell was appointed dean of students, making her the first Black woman to be named to the position.