Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Melissa Harris-Perry, Ph.D., will serve as this year’s keynote speaker at Kent State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 24 (Photo provided by American Program Bureau) On Friday, Jan. 24, members of the Kent State University community and the general public will gather to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The university’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will start at 4 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. This year’s keynote speaker is 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...

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Electher group selfie with students and staff On February 2, the Women’s Center hosted the first annual #Elect Her program, a one-day nonpartisan training for women on how to run for student government and political office. Through this program, female students learn their worth as leaders and gain the skills needed to create an effective campaign platform. The idea for the event started...

Upward Bound student with Stephon Brown As winter came to a close, our three Upward Bound programs joined forces to host a College and Career Readiness event for our families. More than 200 participants spent their morning engaged in enrichment programming led by our Kent State college partners. Colleges of Aeronautics and Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Design, Business...

Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services

SRVSS Take Back the Night participants April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS) is launching several new awareness events in partnership with groups across campus.  Carry the Weight partners with Athletics and Recreational Services to host a week-long (April 8-12) awareness of the “weight” carried by those...

LGBTQ participants at homecoming 2018 Wednesday, May 29 at 9 am - 2:30 pm the LGBTQ Student Center will host the LGBTQ+ Center’s Summer Summit at the Kent Student Center. Cost is $30/participant, which includes breakfast, lunch and parking. Contact kditlevs@kent.edu for the registration link and/or any questions. Learn more and register for the LGBTQ+ Center’s Summer Summit ...

Training Lab individuals participate in group activity The Diversity Education and Training Lab serves as a conduit for Kent State’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s mission to “empower individuals, expand opportunities, and meaningfully honor all voices” both within the university system and beyond. This vision is accomplished through collaborative efforts that lead to...

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

2018 assure students For the past two years, the Office of Faculty and Graduate Student Retention, Inclusion and Success has conducted an eight-week multidisciplinary summer research experience for undergraduates called the ASSURE (Access and Support for Successful Undergraduate Research Experience) program. Participating students conduct research under the guidance of...

Senior Chemist Hari Krishna Bisoyi (left) and Senior Research Fellow Quan Li (right) conduct an experiment in Kent State University’s Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, located on the campus in Kent, Ohio. Kent State University has the distinction of ranking among the top five companies nationwide in Forbes recent list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2019. Kent State ranks No. 4 among 250 companies in 25 industry sectors and No. 1 among universities in the 2019 ranking, which was released last week. Kent State was the only public or...