Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

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.

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 with a grant proposal from Alise Vannatter, a Kent State Political Science major and Women’s Center summer intern.

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 Administration, Communication and Information, and Nursing committed their time leading conversations and engaging activities on majors and careers. Kent State Financial Aid and Air Force ROTC provided additional college resources.

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 who have been harmed. The goal is to increase education on how sexual assault affects survivors while participants “carry the weight” through various physical activities.  

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

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.

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 a faculty mentor from their field of interest. The program includes professional development workshops and social activities that allow students to interact and engage with other summer research programs.

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 University’s Director of Public Safety and Police Chief Dean Tondiglia was honored with the university’s 2019 Diversity Trailblazer Award for his years of promoting inclusion and diversity within public safety.