Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Diversity at Ohio State:

“We must lead our colleagues in exemplifying what it means to be an inclusive university in the 21st century, a place where diversity is a defining characteristic and source of strength.”

President Michael V. Drake, MD, 2020 Vision

Ohio State strives to be a model for inclusive excellence. We value diversity, the range of differences that make each of us unique. We foster inclusion, an environment in which all individuals feel engaged, respected, valued and connected, and in which individuals feel comfortable bringing their unique ideas, backgrounds and perspectives to their work in support of Ohio State’s mission.

Openness to diversity provides optimal access to talented students, faculty and staff. Inclusion ensures we fully engage and leverage that talent.

The Office of Human Resources Learning and Development team delivers diversity and inclusion programming to encourage mutual understanding, acceptance and fairness in order to engage the unique perspectives of all students, faculty and staff.

We collaborate with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, academic units and other partners at Ohio State and beyond to build learning initiatives. We employ a strategic focus in order to integrate diversity and inclusion throughout HR practices, including recruitment, leadership, team and community building, performance management and learning and development.

“Decades of research have shown that diversity, nurtured in a welcoming and respectful environment, encourages critical thinking, reduces harmful stereotypes, and strengthens the ability to communicate, work and play across lines of identity and difference. These are essential skills for participants in a globally-connected world, and Ohio State is committed to providing the richly diverse learning environment that all Ohio State students need to grow into the able leaders and productive citizens that our nation and world demand. “

Sharon Davies, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, The Ohio State University

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Power of Diversity

At the Ohio State University, we value diversity and we are committed, individually and collectively, to embody, safeguard, and continue to learn from and put into action the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The workforce at Ohio State reflects the rich diversity of the communities it serves. Ohio State values diversity in experiences, perspectives, and identities. These identities include, but are not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, religion, mental or physical abilities, age, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

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Implicit Bias

Implicit biases are mental shortcuts related to the way our brains categorize information. These unconscious mental shortcuts can impact decision-making and behaviors in negative ways. Studies reveal that we are all subject to implicit bias. However, the good news is that implicit biases can be changed—we can learn to become aware of and address our biases.

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Creating an Inclusive Work Environment

Diversity and inclusion go hand-in-hand. Employees of all backgrounds who feel welcome and supported in bringing their authentic selves to work are more engaged, productive and committed to an organization’s mission and goals.

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Available Classes

BuckeyeLearn is a university-wide online training tool, allowing learning and training opportunities to be easily accessed by the university community of faculty, staff and student employees. Check out the following instructor-led and online classes offered by the Office of Human Resources in Buckeye Learn.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion resources at Ohio State