Dr. Keith Wisdom
Dr. Keith Wisdom is a native of Nassau, The Bahamas and served most recently as the Deputy Director-General of Tourism in the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism – The Commonwealth of The Bahamas –where he coordinated Global Communications and Public Relations for that Ministry. During the 14 years prior to this position Dr. Wisdom served as the director of public affairs for Cable Bahamas Ltd. and coordinated all public relations, public giving and educational initiatives for that company. While at Cable Bahamas he is also served as the executive Producer of Cable 12 – a community television station which he established in 1998.
Dr. Wisdom is an OAS Fellow, Smithsonian scholar and contributing editor of the Smithsonian Institute's publication, "Festival of American Folk Life." He was also a contributing editor of Bahamas Ministry of Education and Smithsonian Institute's publication - "Our Bahamian Heritage". Dr. Wisdom also served as chief researcher and team leader for "History of Bahamian Junkanoo," the Smithsonian's "Festival of American Folk life" research project, from 1992 to 1995. Dr. Wisdom has a B.Sc. in Speech & Theatre from the University of Western Minnesota, an MFA in Performance and Directing and a Ph.D. in Theatre Anthropology from the University of Georgia, Athens. His major area of research and publication is focused on group performance in public festivals of the Caribbean, Central and South America.
In 2013 Dr. Wisdom was hired for the position of Executive Director of AALANA Initiatives is responsible for developing and strengthening efforts to enhance the successful recruitment, and retention, including promotion and tenure review, of African American, Latino/a American and Native American (AALANA) faculty and students by the development of diverse candidate pools, visitation programs and the management of an up to date recruitment database. This position is also responsible for fostering relationships between the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and the various Kent State academic units by acting as a liaison between the Division and such Kent State constituencies as deans, directors, chairs, faculty, and academic advisors. This position is also a general advocate for under-represented international students and assist in the resolution of conflicts. The Executive Director for AALANA Initiatives/ Director of the Student Multicultural Center serves on various divisional and university committees and reports to the Vice President of DEI.