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This fall a majority of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) leadership team attended the skill-based workshop for Green Dot, a bystander movement at Kent State. After attending the workshop, the USG leadership team allocated $15,000 for the promotion of bystander messaging with students. The Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS) is assisting USG in developing a plan for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April and a summer orientation program to encourage proactive prevention of harm to those in our community.

While the Williamson House was scheduled to be torn down during the first phase of the Kent State master plan, the Women’s Center is thrilled to share that the Williamson House will remain and the Women’s Center, Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Leadership are staying in this historic community space. The Williamson House has been part of the Kent State community since it was donated by the origi-nal owner, Portage County Common Pleas Judge Carl. H.

Each Kent State TRIO Upward Bound Program received a 4.25% increase this year. This increase will be used to augment educational opportunities and diminish social, academic, cultural and socio-economic barriers for our participants seeking entrance into and success in post-secondary education. Additionally, our team was awarded two supplemental coding grants providing students with a rigorous software development boot camp to foster basic, intermediate and advanced skills. 

The Student Multicultural Center’s (SMC) 50th Anniversary celebration is well under way! We have made plans to celebrate, honor and commemorate the 50th Anniversary throughout the entire 2018-19 Academic Year. Following our kick-off celebration in September, we have held monthly events including a historical museum co-sponsored with Black United Students who is also celebrating 50 years, a dance workshop, and made enhancements to our fall 2018 Karamu Ya Wahitimu/Celebración de los Graduados cultural pre-commencement celebration.

This year was a busy and productive year for the LGBTQ Student Center. In 2018, The Center had nearly 6,000 contacts, coordinated 82 programs and events, and facilitated 70 training sessions; training nearly 1,700 individuals.  We also hosted our largest and most successful Rainbow Run, which helped to raise nearly $4,000 for the LGBTQ Emergency Fund. We also raised over $11,000 in the Giving Tuesday campaign, which helped generate enough funds to help 22 LGBTQ+ students who are in financial crisis.

The Office of Faculty and Graduate Student Retention, Success and Inclusion in collaboration with Human Resources hosted the annual New Hire Diversity Luncheon on November 7, 2018. The luncheon welcomed and honored new diverse faculty and staff hires invited from all Kent State campuses. The luncheon provided attendees a networking opportunity to meet new diverse hires as well as receive valuable resources to help them be successful at Kent State University.

Thanks to a collaborative effort between Spectrum; the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the Division of Human Resources; and the Division of Information Services, the first phase of the Preferred Name system is now active for faculty and staff at Kent State University!
Phase one will allow faculty and staff to update their preferred name in the following systems:
1.    Banner SSB – This includes HR web directory, phone directory, shared table integration, text changes.

Jasmina D. Waters promoted to Director of Classic Academy, Upward Bound Program

staff photo of Jasmina WatersCongratulations to Jasmina D. Waters on her promotion to Director of Classic Academy, Upward Bound Program! After successfully serving as interim Director of Classic Academy, DEI is pleased to share this great news! Jasmina began her career with Upward Bound as a Graduate Assistant then working as Academic Coordinator and Assistant Director of the Math Science Program. 


When Jordan Wilkins was a senior in high school, he thought he knew what he wanted after graduation – a career in the United States Air Force. However, his principal envisioned a different path, one where he would soar sky-high, not in a plane but at a four-year university.

The LGBTQ Student Center is hosting its annual Rainbow Run this year on September 21, 2018 at 7pm in Risman Plaza. Formerly known as That Gay 5K, the Rainbow Run is a fun 5k where participants can run, walk, and roll their way to the finish line! The event started 3 years ago when former intern, Blake Kinsel, saw the financial challenges a lot of LGBTQ+ students face and wanted to create a sustainable fundraiser for the Center’s Emergency Fund. He researched and planned a color run, which had 100 people register and 50 people actively participate.