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
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.