Community & Society

Black Trailblazers At Kent State During this year's Black History Month, Kent State University is highlighting Black trailblazers who were advocates for underrepresented and underserved students, faculty and staff as well as the first to make beneficial changes to Kent State. Oscar Ritchie  Oscar Ritchie came to Kent State in 1942 to receive a...

Michael Daniels, Director of the Student Multicultural Center Michael Daniels is the director of the Student Multicultural Center (SMC) where he has the opportunity to make a difference on campus and continue the legacy of those who came before him. Daniels, who has worked at Kent State since 2015, previously served as the program coordinator as well as assistant director for the SMC and was recently awarded...

Photo of Giovanni Santiago and Danny Pippen during 2020 autism awareness game The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many disruptions and changes to people’s lives. The Kent State University men’s basketball team has been affected, too, with schedule changes, games played in nearly empty arenas and extra safety protocols in place. However, one of the things that has not changed is the team’s steadfast commitment to autism...

Sarah Shendy, ’06, Director, Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment In 2020, Sarah Shendy, ’06, became the first Director of the Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment. Shendy worked hard to achieve this prestigious position, but had it not been for Kent State University, she may have never gone into law enforcement. “After I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in justice studies, (now former) Kent State...

Truth and Lies Graphic Julie M. Mazzei is an associate professor of political science and faculty affiliate with the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kent State University. When it comes to taking a political stance, she wants Americans to understand how to get the right facts to make informed decisions.  Cleveland.com recently published Mazzei’s opinion...

McGruder collage Kent State University students of the School of Media and Journalism (MDJ) are not afraid to use their platforms to document current issues of diversity at the university and beyond - and their work is gaining attention. By sharing personal stories of immigration, family history and the experiences of people of color at Kent State, MDJ student...

A woman places a flower through the bullet hole left in a sculpture on the Kent State University campus. Kent State University invites educators of students in grades 6-12 to apply by March 1 for its 2021 Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop, “Making Meaning of May 4: The 1970 Kent State Shootings in U.S. History,” which has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands...

Division of Student Affairs

Student pose for a picture at Lavender Graduation. In a month synonymous with cupid, hearts and chocolates, it seems fitting that Kent State University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) Center is set to celebrate 10 years of love beginning on Valentine’s Day and extending through the end of the year. The LGBTQ+ Center advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion...

Ceremonial Drum Evgenia Fotiou, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology at Kent State University, was recently featured in Yoga Journal for her expertise on indigenous religions, healing practices and cultural appropriation. On Jan. 6, rioters stormed the Capitol building with one man calling himself the “QAnon Shaman.” Dressed in American Flag face paint,...

Photos of the We the People display in downtown Cuyahoga Falls Kent State University is merging research with global connections in the Global Understanding Research Initiative (GURI). The recently displayed “We the People” and the upcoming “Import/Export” exhibition provide cultural kaleidoscopes with local and international reflectors. GURI is led by Kent State...