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Members of MEN pose for a picture with President Diacon
New Docuseries Helps to Celebrate 10 years of the Male Empowerment Network (MEN)

A new six-part short film docuseries is being released aimed at raising awareness of the Male Empowerment Network (MEN) at Kent State, along with commemorating 10 years. An initiative through the Student Multicultural Center, the Male Empowerment Network supports men of color on campus both academically and through personal development. Advisor of MEN and Director of the Student Multicultural Center Mike Daniels says this has led to some great things.

Joshua DeDeaux
University Dining Services Chef Joshua DeDeaux Showcases His Louisiana Heritage for Kent State Community

When University Dining Services Chef Joshua DeDeaux was a little boy growing up in New Orleans, he would bring a brown wooden step stool into his mother’s kitchen to help her cook some of the family’s favorite meals. As DeDeaux’s love of cuisine grew, his grandfather, who was French Creole, and his grandmother, who was British and Native American, also proved to be inspirational to his decision to become a chef.

Members of Sisters in Sisterhood.
Sisters in Sisterhood Creates a Unique Bond

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice, one student involved with the Women’s Center seized the opportunity to bring others together. The Sisters in Sisterhood initiative is a student-led group whose mission statement is to use their unique backgrounds to advocate and promote all women to reach their full potential.

Black Trailblazers At Kent State
Recognizing Trailblazers in the Kent State Community

During this year's Black History Month, Kent State University is highlighting Black trailblazers who were advocates for underrepresented students, faculty and staff as well as the first to make beneficial changes to Kent State.

Kent State University's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) Center holds a safe physically distant small group kickoff event at the start of the 2020 fall semester.
LGBTQA Living-Learning Community Continues to Thrive Virtually

Kent State University’s LGBTQA Living-Learning Community (LLC) has gone virtual this semester. “The mission behind the virtual Living-Learning Communities is to try and keep these communities active and whole even though they are virtual,” said Ken Ditlevson, director of the LGBTQ+ Center. “We want to make sure that the students are connected as best as possible.”

"The Unbought Collection" by Jordan Bigelow. She was awarded the Virgil Abloh™️ “Post-Modern” Scholarship in partnership with FSF.
Fashion Seniors Announced as 2021 FSF Scholarship Recipients

Two seniors from the Kent State University School of Fashion were announced as Fashion Scholarship Fund 2021 scholarship recipients. Fashion design seniors Jordan Bigelow and Mattney Yates used their creativity and knowledge to develop case studies focused on current world issues.

Michael Daniels, Director of the Student Multicultural Center
10 Questions with Michael Daniels, Director of the Student Multicultural Center

Michael Daniels is the director of the Student Multicultural Center (SMC) where he has the opportunity to make a difference on campus and continue the legacy of those who came before him. Daniels was recently awarded the President’s Award of Distinction for his success with the programs and initiatives offered by the SMC during a global pandemic. Learn more about Daniels as he answers these 10 questions.

The College of Public Health in Moulton Hall
Public Health Students Continue COVID-19 Contact Tracing Efforts

As part of the university’s strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19, the College of Public Health at Kent State University partnered with the Kent City and Portage County Health Departments to conduct contact tracing for students and faculty on Kent Campus. Melissa Zullo, Ph.D., an associate professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health, reached out to students within the college to ask for volunteers for the testing events. The health departments then ask the students to assist with contact tracing across the university.

Alison Rees and Jacob Bliel Screenshot from WEWS News 5 Cleveland
Kent State Ashtabula Reunites Friends and Inspires Kidney Transplant

A reunion between two friends at Kent State University at Ashtabula resulted in a life-saving kidney transplant. A recent story by WEWS News 5 Cleveland recounted the story between two childhood acquaintances who met again by chance at Kent State in 2019. 

ADN student Addison Guildoo checks the temperature of an East Liverpool City School employee waiting to receive the COVID vaccine.
Students Participate in COVID Vaccine Clinics throughout Columbiana County

While the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine is finally being administered around the world, folks in Columbiana County are also receiving their immunizations at the local level with the help of nursing students from the Kent State East Liverpool and Salem campuses.

Photo of Giovanni Santiago and Danny Pippen during 2020 autism awareness game
Kent State Men’s Basketball Holds Second Annual Autism Awareness Game

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many disruptions and changes to people’s lives. The Kent State University men’s basketball team has been affected, too, with schedule changes, games played in nearly empty arenas and extra safety protocols in place. However, one of the things that has not changed is the team’s steadfast commitment to autism awareness.

Sarah Shendy, ’06, Director, Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment
Alumna Sarah Shendy Named First Director of Ohio Office of Law Enforcement and Recruitment

In 2020, alumna Sarah Shendy became the first Director of the newly created Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment. Shendy worked hard to achieve this prestigious position, but had it not been for Kent State University, she may have never gone into law enforcement.

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Political Science Professor Tackles Current Issues of Fact vs. Fiction in Politics

Julie M. Mazzei is an associate professor of political science and faculty affiliate with the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kent State University. When it comes to taking a political stance, she wants Americans to understand how to get the right facts to make informed decisions. 

Photo of Kent State University ROTC cadet with American flag
Kent State Receives Prestigious Military Friendly School Honor for 12th Consecutive Year

Kent State University is once again at the top tier when it comes to exhibiting leading practices and supporting post-military students, receiving the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School designation for its Kent Campus. This is the 12th year in a row that the Kent Campus has received the Military Friendly School honor.

Newman Civic Fellow Makayla Sejat
Kent State Names University’s First Newman Civic Fellow

From a young age, Makayla Sejat has had a passion for serving others. Her life has been full of service, from helping out in community kitchens as a child to now devoting her time in various college leadership roles. Now, she will take her efforts to the next level as Kent State University’s first Newman Civic Fellow.

Students at the American Academy celebrate commencement.
Meeting the Moment: How The American Academy Kept Students on Track in Brazil During COVID-19

Behind the scenes last spring, American Academy faculty and staff worked swiftly and efficiently to convert the program to remote learning.  

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Journalism Students Tap Into American Issues of Diversity

Kent State University students of the School of Media and Journalism are not afraid to use their platforms to document current issues of diversity at the university and beyond - and their work is gaining attention.

A woman places a flower through the bullet hole left in a sculpture on the Kent State University campus.
Kent State Invites Educators to Apply for Summer Workshop About May 4, 1970

Kent State University invites educators of students in grades 6-12 to apply by March 1 for its 2021 Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop, “Making Meaning of May 4: The 1970 Kent State Shootings in U.S. History,” which has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

Nursing Students Check Students in at Fieldhouse Testing Event
Nursing Students Gain Experience Through COVID-19 Testing

In the course Community Health Nursing, Taryn Burhanna’s students are required to complete 60 clinical hours and eight laboratory simulation hours. Burhanna, community health nursing coordinator, wanted to ensure students in this course could get their hours and gain real-life experience by tapping into coronavirus relief efforts on campus.

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COVID-19 Study Urges Precaution in College Students

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches a one-year mile marker, the temptation and opportunity to socialize, party, and indulge in public events grows increasingly stronger. Associate Professor Clarissa Thompson received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to reinforce the dangers of the virus to the public.