Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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...

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...