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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

Leslie Heaphy, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Kent State Stark, will discuss the complex history of African-Americans on the silver screen, from stereotypical portrayals to positive images and diverse roles for people of color. This event is co-sponsored by the Stark Campus History Club. The presentation will include an opportunity for questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be provided.

Campus Conversation on Diversity
To be rescheduled.
Contact Lisa Givan at or 330-244-3253.

African Americans in Science

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

Robert Hamilton IV, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Kent State Stark, will discuss various African-American men and women in fields, such as chemistry, biology, engineering and mathematics, who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering. The presentation will include an opportunity for questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be provided.

Love, Relationships and African-American Family

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

Shea M. Dunham, Ph.D., associate professor in the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University, is a counselor, educator and marriage and family therapist specializing in emotionally focused couple’s therapy. She also works with parents and their adult children, as well as African-American and intercultural couples. She has published and/or presented on such topics as African Americans and intimacy, poisonous parents and their adult children, emotional skillfulness in African-American couples, training counselors, marriage and family therapists and family social advocacy. She is currently working on her second book on African Americans and emotionally focused couples therapy. Dunham adds to the field of counseling and marriage and family therapy/counseling by seeing clients in private practice settings at Liveworks Counseling Agency in Oakbrook, Illinois.

Electric Blues by the Wallace Coleman
Featuring an opening performance by Jody Getz & Friends
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