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Kent State Stark student Jonathan Turner, along with staff members William Casterlow and Lisa Givan, pose with former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume at Kent State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Diversity Resources


2015 Kent State Stark Diversity Committee

  • Jim Seelye (Chair)
  • Katrina Bloch
  • Robert Hamilton
  • Brenda Smith
  • Jay Sloan
  • Will Casterlow
  • Lisa Givan

2015 Black History Month Faculty Committee

  • Robert Hamilton (Chair)
  • Joel Carbonell
  • Tim Montgomery

2015 LGBT Faculty Committee

  • Jay Sloan (Chair)
  • Robert Miltner
  • Anne Haas
  • Mason Shuman

2015 Women's History Faculty Committee

  • Brenda Smith (Chair)
  • Marie Gasper-Hulvat
  • Laura Brison
  • Lynn Adams

Diversity Initiatives

Kent State Stark is committed to providing an environment that recognizes the value of bringing together people from all cultures and backgrounds. To this end, the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) is responsible for creating opportunities for the campus community to get together and experience diversity in all its forms by:
  • Sponsoring events that celebrate diversity
  • Inviting speakers that focus on diverse topics
  • Developing strategies for bringing diversity into the classroom
  • Increasing efforts to recruit students, faculty and staff with a diverse background

2015 events to be announced soon.

2014 Diversity Events

Lee Daniels' The ButlerLee Daniels' The Butler
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium

The Office of Student Life is sponsoring a continuous showing of the movie, Lee Daniels' The Butler.

Lee Daniels' The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served seven American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, and many more.

Wallace ColemanElectric Blues by the Wallace Coleman Band
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
6 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium

Wallace Coleman, a 10-year veteran of the Grammy Award-winning Robert Lockwood Jr. Band, started his own band in 1996. Four years later, he established his own record label, Pinto Blues Music. Since then, he has released five CDs, including Repossession Blues with UK bluesman Dave Thomas and his latest release, Blues In The Wind, Remembering Robert Jr. Lockwood. Coleman has won a Living Blues Award for fan favorite, as well as garnered two nominations for outstanding harmonica. He has been named an Ohio Heritage Fellow. His performance embodies an American art form that has all but disappeared from the African-American music landscape and is certain to captivate blues lovers of all ages.

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American SuperheroinesWONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES
Thursday, April 10, 2014
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Campus Center Fireplace Lounge

Sponsored by the Women's History Committee.

WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.

ShakespeareWomen in Shakespeare
A discussion by Dr. Leslie Heaphy
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
4 p.m.
203 Main Hall

Sponsored by the Women's History Committee and English Outreach Committee.

Dr. Cheryl BowmanOpportunities in Space Science
A discussion by Dr. Cheryl Bowman of NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium

Sponsored by the Women's History Committee.