Kent State University presents Diversity Awards for 2018

Staff report


Kent State University recently honored Kathy Wilson, Ph.D., economics professor, and the College of Communication and Information with the 2018 Diversity Awards.

Dr. Wilson’s research focused on inequality and poverty. She led an initiative to give members of the KSU community the opportunity to add their voices to the conversation about the university’s climate to strengthen diversity overall. The university presented her with the Diversity Trailblazer Award at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in January. The award is given to individuals for their contributions toward diversity in the university community.

Kent State’s College of Communication and Information was presented with the Unity Award for Diversity, which recognizes KSU departments that are committed to implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives. The College of Communication and Information was one of the first colleges to create a full-time academic diversity outreach position and works with the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to use the University Diversity Action Council Diversity Toolkit to develop a college-wide diversity curriculum for first-year experience courses. Amy Reynolds, Ph.D., dean of the College of Communication and Information, who accepted the award on behalf of the college, said these and other efforts have resulted in measurable student success.

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