Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

An inclusive campus acknowledges and respects diversity, and offers a welcoming environment for all community members regardless of their differences.

 The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is excited to share new staff changes for academic year 2018-2019!  Natasha Curtis has been promoted to Associate Director for the DEI Education & Training Lab.  If you have any training requests, please route them to Natasha@ ncurtis1@kent.edu .  

Rainbow Run 5K

Join the LGBTQ+ Center for our fourth annual Rainbow Run 5K will take place Friday, October 4, 2019. The final date will be confirmed soon! Walk, run, or roll your way through a 5K course through campus. Along the way, collect glow items to help you finish with some bright color!


The Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services office (SRVSS) had a year of growth and success.  Thirty new faculty and staff members were trained last July as Green Dot educators, we had over 2,000 hours of volunteer time from our student interns and we saw record numbers in students and employees participating in Green Dot education. We had 2,180 students attend an overview of Green Dot, and 213 students go through a bystander skill workshop. Additionally, 102 faculty and staff members participated in Green Dot for faculty and staff.  

Since its start over 20 years ago, the Women’s Center has been a place to gather in the community, discuss the topics of the day and find ways to create positive change. Today is no different. Although some issues have changed (and many have stayed the same), the Women’s Center remains a hub of education, advocacy and action around issues impacting women in our communities. 

Since 2010, The Kent State University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Student Center serves as a safe space where individuals can explore their identities and foster connections with other members of the LGBTQ community and their allies. Additionally, the Center connects students to valuable University and community resources and provides students with meaningful involvement and leadership opportunities.

DEI has spearheaded a series of initiatives designed to offer culturally and linguistically appropriate support to students, faculty and staff who identify as Latinx/Hispanic as well as those with a special interest in the richness of the culture. These initiatives center around the idea of collaboration and collective impact with the goal of strengthening the voice and sense of belonging of all students, faculty and staff, including those with an affinity to the Latinx/Hispanic culture.

Beginning in the fall of 1968, the Office of Minority Affairs was created within the Human Relations Center to serve as a liaison with and provide consultative and special services to minority groups, students, and organizations. The overall goal of the Office of Minority Affairs was for the students they served to realize their full educational potential as noted by Dr. Wilson in April of 1970. The first person to head the office was Donald Thigpen, a political science student who also served as the co-chairman of Black United Students.