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Meet the Staff

For more information about Diversity Outreach and Development or the College of Education at Kent State University, feel free to contact us at or 330-672-2537.

AkbarN. J. Akbar, Director

Favorite thing about Kent State:
The students are amazing. They are always helpful, ready and willing to assist others in their quest to achieve their goals. The students continue to inspire me to come here even more dedicated to serve them.

Favorite book:
A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind and Letters to a Young Brother:MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper

Advice to students:
Ask questions and do not let your pride get in the way of your success. You must make short-term sacrifices to reap long-term gains.


Felicia Johnson, Administrative Assistant

Favorite thing about Kent State University: There are so many things to love about Kent State. I can appreciate the sense of family on campus when it comes to students, faculty, and staff members. I also like how there is always something to do and ways to be involved either on campus or in the community.  It's no wonder why KSU is one of the top colleges in Northeast Ohio.

Favorite Book: The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou and Sula by Toni Morrison

Advice to Students: One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don't feel like doing it. 

Office of Diversity Outreach Staff Tyler Shaw, Student Creative & Design Assistant

Favorite thing about Kent State:
Kent State University is very diverse and offers the opportunity to connect both socially and professionally with individuals from all over the world.

Favorite book: There's never just one, but recently A Testament of Hope by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has inspired me.

Advice to Students:
Never lose sight of what you're here for.

BoddenpicNzinga Bodden, Graduate Intern for SEEDS Program

Favorite thing about Kent State:
A lot of people here have a great sense of humor.

Favorite book: Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

Advice to Students:
Always remember your purpose and how it is driving your actions.