Local Law Enforcement Actively Working To Expand Diversity

By Becca Sagaris, Shelby Reeves and Sara Al Harthi KENT, Ohio — The Merriam-Webster definition of diversity is “the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.”  Diversity in general in any workplace environment is important to ensure inclusion among all people involved, both staff and community. It is especially important in law enforcement to decrease the opportunity to abuse their power and increase their understanding of the people they serve, improving law enforcement’s relationship with the community. “Diversity within our department means having different groups well-represented within our agency,” Michael Lewis, the Administrative

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Redlining: a look at systemic racism’s history in Kent

“I would go down to Doc’s bar in the South End with Bob and I was the only white person there,” said Karen Beck, long-time Kent resident. “I was cool with it and I really appreciated being able to do that because it made me think of how often Bob and Gloria were the only black people.” Beck moved to Kent in the 1960s with her family to attend Kent State as a student. She lived in a neighborhood called Valleyview, across the street from what is now known today as the Historic South End. While at school, she was exposed to a variety of different racial backgrounds and would

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Executive Order from President Trump works to combat race and sex stereotyping

On September 22, President Donald Trump made the executive order on combatting race and sex stereotyping, specifically at the federal level in federal contracting and the federal workforce. “Today, however, many people are pushing a different vision of America that is grounded in hierarchies based on collective social and political identities rather than in the inherent and equal dignity of every person as an individual,” President Trump stated in the executive order. “This ideology is rooted in the pernicious and false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country; that some people, simply on account of their race or sex, are oppressors; and that racial and sexual identities

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Kent State fares poorly on diversity report card

By Collin Cunningham Recently, the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center gave Kent State low scores on a comprehensive report card called “Black Students at Public Colleges and Universities: A 50-State Report.” The study looked at public learning institutions from each state and compared four factors factors: equity in terms of gender, graduation rates of black students representation equity and black student-to-black faculty ratio. The only criteria for which Kent received a grade higher than D was the student to faculty ratio, and there they got a C. “I think faculty recruitment, student body, in terms of helping students feel at home, that’s the most important thing,” said

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