LGBTQ Student Center

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...

Dr. Dolores Noll, emeritus professor of English and pioneer for LGBTQ+ rights and people, received the Diversity Trailblazer Award in 2010. It is with heavy and reverent hearts that we share news that Emeritus English Professor Dr. Dolores Noll, trailblazer and pioneer for LGBTQ+ rights and people, passed away at the age of 88 on January 8th. Dolores’s impact is seen today at Kent State University. In the 1970’s she cofounded the Kent Gay Liberation Front, currently known as...

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...

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...

LGBTQ+ Center

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. 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...

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

LGBTQ students gather for group photo. 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...

Kent State University faculty, staff members and students took part in Saturday’s Equality March, which kicked off the inaugural Akron Pride 2017 event. More than two dozen Kent State University faculty, staff members and students took part in Saturday’s Equality March, which kicked off the inaugural Akron Pride 2017 event. This is the first time the city of Akron has sponsored a Pride event, and the university participated as a sponsor for the day’s activities, which begin with the march at 11...

Kent State University faculty, staff members and students took part in Saturday’s Equality March, which kicked off the inaugural Akron Pride 2017 event.As Golden Flashes, we strive to be accessible safe-space allies for LGBTQ students. It doesn't matter who you are, where you're from or what sport you belong to here at Kent State. If you can play, you can play!