Travel and Lodging Information

Kent, Ohio is a small city with a rich history, from being the home of abolitionist John Brown to its important role in civil rights and anti-war student movements in the 1960s and 1970s. Kent is the home to Kent State University, has a vibrant downtown, and is bustling with energy from students and community members.

The conference will be hosted at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, located in downtown Kent within walking distance of campus and local restaurants and shops. Parking is available at the Kent State Conference Center and Hotel. Parking vouchers will be provided.


Kent is located about 35 miles southeast of Cleveland, 15 miles east of Akron, and 17 miles north of the Akron-Canton Airport.

  • If traveling by air, we recommend flying into the Akron-Canton Airport, which is about 30 minutes from Kent. The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is about a 50 minute drive from Kent.

  • Kent is also conveniently located near several interstate highways including I-76, I-77 and I-80 for those arriving by car.


  • The Kent State Conference Center and Hotel will have rooms available to conference attendees for $119 a night. The hotel is located in downtown Kent, within walking distance of campus and many shops and restaurants. It is located at 215 South Depeyster Street. To book, call (330) 346-0100 and mention you are with the School of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Student Homestays

Limited homestays are available for students attending the conference. On the conference application, there is a place to request a homestay. We will work to accommodate as many students as possible and will inform you with amble time if you have been granted a homestay.


For those participating in Friday's workshop, lunch and dinner will be provided.

On Saturday, breakfast will be provided. Vouchers to local Kent restaurants within walking distance of the conference center will be provided for lunch.

On Sunday, breakfast and lunch will be provided.