Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Celeste Dawson had made up her mind. She was not going to attend college and that was her final decision. 

Her story could have ended there, but the support of her parents and a program at Kent State University opened up a new chapter in her life – one filled with opportunities she never imagined.

As part of Autism Awareness Month on April 27, Kent State University presents a student speaker with a panel discussion and a fundraiser for student scholarships to benefit Kent State students enrolled in the autism spectrum disorder graduate certificate. Faculty, staff, students and the entire community are invited to learn more about autism spectrum disorder, hear real-life experiences from a Kent State student who has autism and support Kent State students enrolled in the autism spectrum disorder certificate program. The events are free and open to the public.

The Kent State University Women’s Center presented 12 female students with its Sage Project Award for overcoming barriers and finding balance in following their path and making their mark at Kent State. The Sage Project Award reception took place on March 11 in the Moulton Hall Ballroom.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources for Faculty and Staff

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are accepted to Kent State University have the intellectual capacity to learn, develop a career and be contributing members of society. However, many possess a unique learning style, social difficulties, and/or secondary diagnoses that negatively impact the ASD. These students continue to learn how to best manage their learning needs and benefit from understanding, respect and support. Doing so moves them closer to independence and success. The tips in this document provide a general understanding of ASD with suggested strategies.