Oscar Ritchie


A key figure in Kent State's Black History, Oscar Ritchie continues to inspire generations of students and educators.

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Student Life

  • The new Leadership Certificate Program at Kent State focuses on enhancing students’ intrapersonal, interpersonal, and socially just leadership skills.

    The program is a culminated experience of what the Pepsi Leadership Center offers. From workshops and annual institutes (Culture of Care Institute and Student Leadership Institute) to leadership classes for credit, the center holistically paired these with Kent State's Leadership Model and created a program that provides students with a comprehensive view of leadership. 

  • In a celebration of Black History Month, Kent State University Culinary Services has transformed the month’s menu into a melting pot of different dishes. Led by Executive Chef Edward Shawn Hardin Sr., Culinary Services is offering a unique menu built upon students’ family recipes, highlighting the diversity of Black history.

  • The student initiative, Sister Circle, recently won the gold 2023-2024 NASPA Excellence Award for the category “Fraternity and Sorority Life, Leadership, Student Activities, Student Union, and related.” Sister Circle, housed under the E. Timothy Moore Student Multicultural Center (The Moore Center), supports the personal, social, cultural, and professional development of women of color at Kent State University.

Kent State Works

  • Active military members are embracing online master’s degree programs in Kent State University’s College of Public Health for the flexibility and ease with which they can earn an advanced degree.

  • Zachery Pfouts’s journey to the job of his dreams looked more like a mountain trail than a straight path. Along the way, Pfouts found Kent State University at Tuscarawas. The campus’s distinctive Science and Engineering Technology Program turned out to be the key to his success.  

  • With the increase in the number of pets, the demand for veterinary care has surged. Kent State University is helping to offset the veterinary technician shortage by providing in-demand, career-ready graduates.

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  • Transitioning into adulthood is a difficult thing to do, but having to come out of the criminal justice system as a young adult has different effects on your maturity and experience. Elias Nader, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, wants to better understand why.

  • The future of tracking grant money within the university is here, and it presents a brand-new way of managing funds distributed to professors and organizations. In partnership with the division of Research and Economic Development (RED), the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) has created a fund-tracking app to trace the path of grant spending.

  • How often do you interact with artificial intelligence (AI) each day? Do you communicate with a chatbot for customer service? Does your fitness tracker remind you to move? Do you receive product recommendations based on previous purchases? Do you use AI to help you with school or work? As a public relations professor, I’m studying the ethical use of AI in the public relations field and guiding my students to ethically use AI tools.

Global Reach


  • Julian Grimes, president of Black United Students, one of Kent State University's oldest student organizations, is working to maintain the legacy of the organization credited for starting the formal observance of February as Black History Month.

  • DeSantis, a 2006 graduate of Kent State University, and her team work out of an old automobile factory in Lakewood, Ohio. As lead designer, all work is designed and thrown by DeSantis herself. No small feat when you consider that her work has been featured in Uncommon Goods, Anthropologie, McGee & Co. and the Sundance catalog, in addition to 400 retailers across the country. So, when Medium reached out as part of their series “Five Things You Need To Be a Highly Effective Leader During Turbulent Times,” DeSantis had plenty to share.

  • There are more than 400 missing persons cases in Ohio currently, and more than 100 of them are John or Jane Doe cases. One of those cases, referred to as the Cleveland Harbor John Doe, now has a better chance of being solved, thanks to Kent State University Associate Professor of Anthropology Linda Spurlock, Ph.D. 

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