Dr. N. J. Akbar, Assistant Dean for Academic Diversity Success in University College is responsible for the academic success of first generation, limited income and underrepresented students. In this role, he oversees TRIO Student Support Services, TRIO McNair Scholars Program and University Academic Diversity Outreach. Dr. Akbar also provides strategic support for the academic diversity outreach network in all colleges at Kent State University. Dr. Akbar also serves on the university’s DEEDS Leadership Team, DEEDS Workgroup, Retention Taskforce, University Diversity Action Council, Removing Barriers Committee, Student Life Committee, Academic Diversity Outreach Action Team, Male Empowerment Network 10 Year Anniversary Planning Committee and LGBTQ Student Center Advisory Board. Additionally, he has served as campus advisor to the Epsilon Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,Inc., Black United Students, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, Pride! Kent and Focus on the Future.
Under Dr. Akbar's leadership, he has written awards and received many grants focused on completion and diverse student success. Also, he has led the grant renewal process for McNair Scholars Program and Student Support Services. During his time at KSU, he has helped establish the academic diversity outreach network, Provost's Leadership Academy, EHHS' Office of Diversity Outreach and Development, LGBTQ Student Center as the Interim Director, Male Empowerment Network as a founding member and former lead mentor, Linked Courses and Early Alert.
PhD: Cultural Foundations of Education, Kent State University, M.A.:Educational Leadership for Higher Education, Eastern Michigan University, B.S.: History and English for Secondary Education, Eastern Michigan University
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