Diversity Equity & Inclusion

KSU sign front campus About 300 people attended the first in a series of virtual town halls as the Kent State University community addresses systemic racism by learning, listening and taking action as a collective. The 90-minute Zoom session, which was geared toward faculty and staff, was held on June 9. The meeting was co-chaired by Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., Kent State...

Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., interim vice president of the Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Note: The following essay was crafted by Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., Kent State University’s interim vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, and chair and associate professor in the Department of Pan-African Studies. Created in 2009, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leads the university’s efforts to increase diverse...

Neil Cooper, Ph.D., director of the School of Peace and Conflict Studies. Note: The following essay was crafted by Neil Cooper, Ph.D., director of Kent State University's School of Peace and Conflict Studies. The school evolved from the Center for Peaceful Change, which was established in 1971 as a “living memorial” to the students killed by the Ohio National Guard during a student protest against the Vietnam War on...

Vice President Alfreda Brown speaks. For nearly 11 years, Alfreda Brown, Kent State University’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, has been a powerful voice for making sure no one in the university’s wide-reaching system is marginalized, discriminated against or left behind. With a heart for caring, Brown has worked to ensure that everyone feels welcome,...

2019 New Hire Diversity Luncheon Recently, nearly 100 people gathered at the Kent Student Center to honor and welcome new diverse faculty and staff from all Kent State campuses. Sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in collaboration with the Division of Human Resources, the event was an opportunity for attendees to network and meet other new hires and get...

2019 New Hire Diversity Luncheon The School of Theatre and Dance's Latin/x in Theatre student organization will present a staged reading of María Irene Fornés' "Manual for a Desperate Crossing" as part Celebrando Fornés, an initiative honoring the work of the noted late Cuban American playwright. The reading will take place on Sat., Oct. 5 at 2:00 p.m. in Erdmann-Zucchero...

Gregory King    Assistant professor of Dance Gregory King has been named a Provost Faculty Associate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for 2019-2020 by Provost Todd Diacon and Vice President of DEI Alfreda Brown. According to Kent State's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the purpose of the Provost’s Faculty Associates for DEI is to support...

Gregory King    Assistant professor of Dance Gregory King has been accepted into National Arts Strategies' 2019 Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy. King is one of 101 arts leaders accepted into the 2019 cohort. The 2019 class is comprised of participants from 3 countries, 31 states and the District of Columbia, and is the largest in the program’s...

Gregory King    The School of Theatre and Dance's Latinx in Theatre student organization and Cleveland-based LatinUS Theatre Company have partnered to present an evening of theatre on Sat., Oct. 20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242. LatinUS Theatre Company will present Miguel...

Kent State University faculty, staff members and students took part in Saturday’s Equality March, which kicked off the inaugural Akron Pride 2017 event. More than two dozen Kent State University faculty, staff members and students took part in Saturday’s Equality March, which kicked off the inaugural Akron Pride 2017 event. This is the first time the city of Akron has sponsored a Pride event, and the university participated as a sponsor for the day’s activities, which begin with the march at 11...