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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 Events

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 Diversity Events

African-Americans in Film

Presented by Dr. Leslie Heaphy, Kent State Stark
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
1 - 1:50 p.m.
315 Main Hall

Campus Conversation on Diversity
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
12 - 1:15 p.m.
Campus Center Fireplace Lounge

African-Americans in Sciences

Presented by Dr. Robert Hamilton IV, Kent State Stark
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
1 - 1:50 p.m.
315 Main Hall

Love, Relationships and African-American Family

Presented by Dr. Shea Dunham, Governors State University
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
7 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium

Electric Blues by the Wallace Coleman
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
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.

Urban Ballroom & Salsa Dancing Demonstration
Monday, March 16, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Campus Center Fireplace Lounge

Soup & Substance Series
Empty Closets: Supporting Stark's LGBTQ Community
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Campus Center Fireplace Lounge

Diversity Movie: Dear White People
Thursday, March 19, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium