Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Student poses at lgbtq welcome 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...

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

faculty and staff presenters group photo at new hire luncheon 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...

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

faculty and staff presenters group photo at new hire luncheon 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...

faculty and staff presenters group photo at new hire luncheon Congratulations 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...

Jordan Wilkens stands in front of a background image of Kent State University 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. “We talked about the different options,” Mr. Wilkins said. “He...

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Female smiling with LGBTQ flag wrapped around her 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...

A Kent State University student proudly displays an award certificate during the university’s Lavender Graduation ceremony, which honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students. An inclusive campus acknowledges and respects diversity, and offers a welcoming environment for all community members regardless of their differences. Kent State University is making strides in creating a more inclusive campus and the university’s efforts are being recognized nationally. Kent State has been ranked 4.5 out of 5 on the Campus...

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

3 individuals standing next to each other smiling  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 .   Additionally, Michael Daniels and Katie...

LGBTQ+ Center

3 individuals standing next to each other smiling 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!   Run Information The 2019 Rainbow Run 5K will start promptly...

Frisbees 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...