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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Makes Three Appointments

Posted Jun, 4, 2010

Photo of Judith BrooksDr. Alfreda Brown, Kent State University’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is pleased to announce three appointments. Judith Brooks, Belinda Duncan and Dr. Geraldine Hayes Nelson, all current Kent State employees, will now report to the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Kent State’s newest division manages the university’s diversity and inclusion programs and oversees the Student Multicultural Center; Women’s Center; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Student Center; and Pre-College Programs.

A resident of Akron, Judith Brooks now serves as faculty recruitment and retention manager in the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Her responsibilities include ensuring that the university attracts and retains a diverse group of faculty members. Previously, she worked as the manager of talent acquisition and operations in the Division of Human Resources. Brooks has worked at the university for the past two years. Before coming to Kent State, she was the deputy director of diversity and talent acquisition for the State of Ohio. She is a doctoral student at Kent State.

Belinda Duncan of Akron has been appointed equal opportunity and diversity training manager. Her position involves handling faculty and staff requests for reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); training and development Photo of Belinda Duncanprograms related to ADA, diversity, recruitment and retention; and providing support to colleges and divisions to ensure implementation of the affirmative action plan. Prior to this position, she served in the Division of Human Resources as the affirmative action coordinator. Duncan joined Kent State in November 2008. She has a master’s in psychology with emphasis in organizational development and diversity from Cleveland State University.

Dr. Geraldine Hayes Nelson, who lives in Stow, has been named assistant vice president of pipeline initiatives and diversity programming. In this role, Nelson will oversee universitywide pre- and early-college pipeline initiatives specifically targeting underrepresented students and first-generation college students. Nelson also will provide oversight for the Student Multicultural Center, Women’s Center and the Upward Bound Pre-College Programs, as well as coordinate with the LGBTQ Student Center. She will have responsibility for diversity programming at the divisional level and in conjunction with individual colleges and departments throughout Kent State’s eight campuses. Prior to her promotion, Nelson was associate dean of undergraduate studies. She has been with the university for the past 17 years and is a former Upward Bound student from Columbus, Ohio. She has received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate from Kent State.

For more information on Kent State’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, visit of Dr. Geraldine Hayes Nelson

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