Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Kent State Starsphere and Sign Kent State University has won a Best in Class award for supplier diversity from the Greater Cleveland Partnership. This marks the third time that the university has received this award. Kent State previously won the Best in Class award for supplier diversity in 2013 and 2017.  As a multiyear winner of the Best in Class awards, Kent State is also...

Kent State University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) Center holds a safe, physically distant small group kickoff event at the start of the 2020 Fall Semester.  Kent State University’s commitment to maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus has received acknowledgement from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, for an eighth consecutive year. INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has selected Kent State as a recipient of the 2020 Higher...

Kent State University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) Center holds a safe, physically distant small group kickoff event at the start of the 2020 Fall Semester.  The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is proud to announce a new virtual series, Shaping a Better Future: Dialogues and Strategizing for Change. Dialogues and Strategizing for Change is part of a yearlong series focusing on social justice topics to combat racism (i.e., anti-racism), homophobia, gender-related oppression (i.e., sexism,...

KSU Starsphere Kent State University President Todd Diacon announced Thursday that Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D., has been selected to serve as vice president for student affairs, effective May 1, 2020. Hylton has been serving as the interim vice president for student affairs since Sept. 16, 2019. In addition, Diacon has appointed Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., as the interim...

Kent State University employees pose for a group photo during the 2019 New Hire Diversity Luncheon held on Nov. 6, 2019. For the second year in a row, Kent State University has the distinction of ranking among the top 20 companies nationwide in Forbes’ recently released list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2020. Kent State ranks No. 13 among 500 companies in 24 industry sectors and is the only Ohio public or private college or university to make the...

Alfreda Brown (center), Kent State University’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, receives the 2020 Diversity Trailblazer Award. She is pictured with Patricia Ackerman (left) and Kent State President Todd Diacon (right). As part of its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held Jan. 24, Kent State University has announced the 2020 recipients of its Diversity Trailblazer Award, Beverly J. Warren Unity Award for Diversity and Rozell Duncan Student Diversity Award. Diversity Trailblazer Award Alfreda Brown, Kent State’s vice president for diversity, equity and...

Alfreda Brown (center), Kent State University’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, receives the 2020 Diversity Trailblazer Award. She is pictured with Patricia Ackerman (left) and Kent State President Todd Diacon (right). As part of its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held Jan. 24, Kent State University has announced the 2020 recipients of its Diversity Trailblazer Award, Beverly J. Warren Unity Award for Diversity and Rozell Duncan Student Diversity Award. Diversity Trailblazer Award Alfreda Brown, Kent State’s vice president for diversity, equity and...

Melissa Harris-Perry, Ph.D., the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, television host, author and political commentator, served as keynote speaker at Kent State’s 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. On Friday, Jan. 24, members of the Kent State University community and the general public gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The university’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration started at 4 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. This year’s keynote speaker was Melissa Harris-Perry, Ph.D., the Maya...

Steve Harvey shares a joke with the eight scholarship recipients who will be attending Kent State this fall as Sonya Williams (far right) from the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion looks on. (Photo provided by the "Steve" television show)   Steve Harvey, producer, actor, author and former Kent State University student, is paying it forward by awarding eight of Kent State’s incoming freshmen with scholarships that will cover the total cost of attendance for each student, as well as highlighting the students on a segment of his show.   Mr. Harvey’s staff arranged for the...

Kent State University students wearing their rainbow graduation stoles smile during the university’s 2019 One University Commencement. A national organization has recognized Kent State University with a perfect overall score for the university’s efforts to create a more inclusive campus and welcoming environment for all. Kent State has received a 5.0 out of 5.0 score on the Campus Pride Index, the premier national benchmarking tool for creating safer and more LGBTQ-friendly...