Working Groups

Advocacy and Policy Working Group

Committee Goals:  

  • Identify inequitable policies on our campuses and community.

  • Work with the appropriate offices and individuals to change inequitable policies. 

Meetings: TBA

Dr. Linda Hoeptner Poling, Professor, School of Art and AAUP Committee W representative
Dr. Dianne Kerr, Retired Professor, Health Education and Promotion

Campus Climate Working Group

Climate: The Women’s Center creates “space” for female identifying faculty and staff and graduate students to connect, celebrate and support one another across Colleges, Departments and Divisions.

Co-Chairs: Julie Mazzei

Committee Goals:

  • Create ongoing opportunities to support each others professional and personal goals

  • Share best practices and challenges and Impact positive change in our communities

  • Create connection and cohesion between staff and faculty, and graduate students of all levels.

To get involved or to learn more contact Dr. Julie Mazzei, Professor, Political Science at

Meetings: TBA


Leadership Working Group

The Women’s Center makes an intentional effort to equip our students with the tools they need to effectively lead and pursue their career goals. We offer a Women’s leadership program that will teach students how to become change agents on campus and in the world.

Committee Goals:

  • Develop initiatives to highlight the success of our leadership program participants

  • Develop initiatives to highlight the research of female faculty at Kent State University.

To get involved or to learn more contact Alicia Robinson, Assistant Director, Women’s Center at


Mothers, Mentors and Muses Working Group

Support our Women’s Center signature celebration recognizing Kent State University woman identifying faculty and staff who have made a significant difference in the life of a student or colleague.

Committee Goals:

  • Plan this annual event celebrating current class of honorees

  • Execute and participate in the event held on the first Tuesday in April.


Yza Melvin, Senior Reporting Analyst, Office of the University Registrar  
Cassie Geissinger, Leadership Annual Giving Officer, Division of Institutional Advancement.

Ova Achievers Working Group

Challenge inequities around reproductive health access and education.

Committee Goals:  

  • Impact change on our campus and in our community around access to menstruation products

  • Raise awareness about the lack of equitable access of reproductive health resources and the impact on our communities in areas such as homelessness, incarceration, global impact, maternal mortality, sustainability, etc.

  • Change the language around menstruation to be more inclusive of all who menstruate

Meetings: 2nd Thursday of the month 10-11 am, Williamson House, 1st floor Conference Room

Melanie Knowles, Manager, Sustainability, 

Scholarship Working Group

The Women's Center endowed scholarship fund provides $500 scholarships to two qualified Kent State University female identified undergraduate students. Since its inception, the Women’s Center Scholarship program has awarded over $11,000 to student scholarship recipients.

Committee Goals:  

  • Develop and maintain written procedures and policies for the Women’s Center Scholarship

  • Review and Select Women’s Center Scholarship award winners.

  • Maintain connection with the award winners to encourage them to participate in board events and activities.

Meetings: TBA . Will meet 2-3 time in the Summer

To get involved and to learn more contact Alicia Robinson, Assistant Director, Women's Center

Women of Color Initiatives

The Women of Color Collective (WoCC) was created to provide a supportive space for women of color faculty and staff at Kent State University. Through professional development, supportive networking, emotional support and community-building, WoCC seeks to advance the needs of women of color and thereby enrich their professional journeys at Kent State University. This working group will serve as the executive board for the WoCC.


  • Develop the infrastructure and by-laws for the WoCC.  

  • Develop the calendar for the group. Will contain social and professional development opportunities for women of color at Kent State University.

  • Support and participate in initiatives that serve undergraduate and graduate women students of color, e.g., Where Do Black Women Go?

Meetings: TBA. Working Group will meet 2-3 times a semester, WoCC will meet monthly

To get involved and to learn more, contact Alicia Robinson, Assistant Director, Women's Center