Historical Efforts

Over the past decade, the university has launched many initiatives to focus on supporting the success of Black, Latinx/Hispanic, Indigenous and other Students of Color at Kent State. Additionally, the University has created initiatives for faculty and staff focused on anti-racism and equity. The following is a list of some of the progress that we have made over that time:

  1. Implemented 2015/2016 Faculty Hiring Initiative, Academic Affairs
  2. Expanded Student Success programs in University College/Academic Affairs
  3. Completed University Climate Study (2016) and conducted follow-up efforts in various divisions, colleges and departments
  4. Completed eight-week race and equity training of President’s Cabinet by the University of Southern California (USC) Race and Equity Institute, Fall 2019
  5. Held Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Race Symposium as part of the university’s Great Place Initiative, January 2020
  6. Completed key transitions in senior leadership including Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D., to Vice President for Student Affairs and Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., to Vice President for People, Culture and Belonging
  7. Held eight town halls for students, faculty and staff, July-September 2020
  8. Conducted campus-wide diversity audit by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Summer 2020; that division has transitioned to the Division of People, Culture and Belonging, 2023