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Your Indentity, Your Leadership, OUR COMMUNITY


Kent State’s Department of Residence Services to Host Presentation to Mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Kent State University’s Department of Residence Services will host a Google+ PowerPoint presentation titled, “Your Identity, Your Leadership. OUR COMMUNITY,” to mark Kent State’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The presentation, which will be streamed live on YouTube (watch live on “Charles Holmes-Hope” YouTube channel), is scheduled for Jan. 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Studio A in Twin Towers. Attendees are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes prior to the presentation.

The presentation will focus on how faculty and staff work with diverse college students. Featured presenters include David E. Jones and Kelvin J. Harris, co-founders of the Harris Jones Consulting Group that provides diversity and leadership services (workshops, speaking engagements and trainings) to organizations, colleges and universities nationwide.

About David E. Jones

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David E. Jones

A scholar-practitioner in higher education, Jones has extensive student affairs experience. He is student-centered, making sure students have access to a quality education, and leadership and diversity experiences. Jones is skilled in developing and implementing diversity and leadership programs that create student-learning opportunities. He facilitates and participates in diversity and leadership trainings, and has served as a presenter for more than 25 student affairs conference educational sessions. Jones has published in the Journal of College Student Development (JCSD), where he co-authored a study examining race and racism in the experiences of black male resident assistants at predominately white universities.

Jones’s student affairs experience includes working in residence life and multicultural affairs. His work and commitment to education, leadership and diversity is widely recognized. He is the recipient of awards from student affairs associations such as NASPA and ACPA. Jones was recently named “Most Influential Campus Mentor” by his mentee, a recipient of the 29 Who Shine Award from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Currently, Jones is pursuing his doctorate in organizational leadership at Northeastern University. He holds a Master of Education in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Eastern Connecticut State University.

About Kelvin J. Harris

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Kelvin J. Harris

Harris’s experience blends significant knowledge and expertise in leadership development and training, academic attainment initiatives and mentoring programs. He has experience managing mentoring and leadership programs to aid in the development of college students. Harris has student affairs experience in residence life, Greek life and student conduct. He led a national effort to expand Men Achieving Leadership Excellence and Success (M.A.L.E.S.), a national student organization for college men of color that develops members’ leadership, personal, professional, career and academic development. This organization currently reaches 13 college campuses and has more than 200 undergraduate members nationwide. Currently, Harris is pursuing his doctorate in organizational leadership at Northeastern University. He holds a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration at Florida International University and a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Eastern Connecticut State University.

For more information about the presentation, contact Charles Holmes-Hope at or 330-672-7000.

Posted Jan. 13, 2014

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