One hundred and six faculty and staff self-identified as being aligned with the mission of the proposed institute and expressed an interest in being a member. Eighty-nine are full-time faculty members currently engaged in race research, education, and activism. Faculty range from early career to full professors, are representative of the highest quality faculty typical of Kent State University, and are fully embedded in the structures of multiple academic units. Ten colleges are represented (Aeronautics and Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Design, Arts, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communication and Information, Education, Health, and Human Services, Nursing, Public Health, and University College). Letters of support are included from the Deans of all these colleges. Disciplines are truly representative of the range of disciplines on campus and include Biological Sciences, Chemistry, English, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern and Classical Languages, Pan-African Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Peace and Conflict Studies, Sociology, Art, Theatre, Dance, Music, Higher Education Administration, Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences, Foundation Leadership and Administration, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Teaching Learning and Curriculum, Engineering, Aeronautics, Economics, Accounting, Information Science, Visual Communication Design, Media and Journalism, Communication Studies, Health Management, Public Health, and Nursing.
The Institute will feature undergraduate and graduate student research participation opportunities in the form of fellowships. Students will already have been admitted to an academic home and thus will have met the admission and quality benchmarks determined by the home unit.
As an institute, there will be no credit-bearing courses or curriculum initially. If any credentialling is sponsored by the institute in the future, including, but not limited to, micro-credentials, courses, certificates, or minors, all will be interdisciplinary in nature and will not encroach on offerings by existing academic units. Any proposed offerings will undergo full review through the curricular process.