Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Welcome to the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We share with you our motivation, our passion, and our drive to reach new heights in diversity and inclusive excellence at Kent State University.
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About Us

Inclusive Excellence is achieved when all individuals on all Kent State campuses feel welcomed, respected, free to express their views, and encouraged to achieve their fullest potential.

Learn more about DEI and read a personal message from Vice President, Dr. Alfreda Brown.

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How You Can Help Our Students


The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host an African American Alumni and Friends Reunion and Reception on Saturday, May 20. Tickets for the event are $75 and a portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Development fund designed to provide flexibility in supporting students’ most immediate needs.

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Lester A. Lefton Persistence Award 

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion oversees two scholarship accounts, the Lester A. Lefton Persistence Award and the Vice President for DEI Development Fund. Scholarships are awarded from these accounts to help ensure students are given every opportunity to succeed by providing funding for tuition and books. Please consider contributing to these accounts!

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