DEI Awards and Honors

Alfreda Brown Diversity Trailblazer Award

The Alfreda Brown Diversity Trailblazer Award recognizes diversity pioneers associated with Kent State University. The award is presented to those individuals who have displayed exemplary contributions in the area of diversity to the university community.

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Beverly J. Warren Unity Award for Diversity

The Beverly J. Warren Unity Award for Diversity recognizes the contributions of any Kent State University unit that demonstrates significant contributions in the areas of diversity, equity, and/or inclusion. This award honors units for their commitment to implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

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Rozell Duncan Student Diversity Award

The Rozell Duncan Student Diversity Award recognizes students and student organizations who have demonstrated a respect and value for differing backgrounds and points of view within Kent State University or surrounding community. 

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Vice President's Shining Star Award

The Vice President's Shining Star Award is bestowed upon a faculty or staff member within the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This person personifies a strong dedication and commitment to the division’s mission, vision and purpose in addition to going above and beyond the call of duty. 

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President's Ambassadorship

The President's Ambassadorship is an opportunity for collaboration with a local, high-level person of color who will serve as a catalyst for change, promoting pluralistic understanding and mutual respect among diverse constituencies of students, staff, faculty and administrators at Kent State University.

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National Diversity Awards

Insight Into Diversity

Kent State University’s commitment to maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus has received acknowledgement from INSIGHT Into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, for a fifth consecutive year. INSIGHT Into Diversity has selected Kent State on multiple occasions as a recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

The annual HEED Award is a national honor that recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. As a recipient of this award, Kent State was featured in INSIGHT Into Diversity publications.

Forbes Ranks Kent State Nation’s Top University for Diversity Employment

Senior Chemist Hari Krishna Bisoyi (left) and Senior Research Fellow Quan Li (right) conduct an experiment in Kent State University’s Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, located on the campus in Kent, Ohio.

Kent State University has the distinction of ranking among the top five companies nationwide in Forbes recent list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2019.