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Ohio State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
281 W Lane Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone
(614) 292-6446
School Information
"For 150 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It's where friendships are forged. It's where rivalries and revelry are born. "The university's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio." The university offers over 12,000 courses, has a 19:1 student-faculty ratio, and enrolls over 14,400 students. (Source: https://visit.osu.edu/discover) (Source: http://undergrad.osu.edu/majors-and-academics/quick-facts) (Source: https://www.ohiohighered.org/sites/default/files/hei/final_ph_rpt_2020.xlsx)
General Information
Ohio State University has organized forums and launched a "university task force to examine issues related to racism and racial disparities on our campuses and in our community." It has also established "a $1 million fund to provide seed grants for Ohio State’s research and creative expression community to study the causes and effects of, and solutions to, racism and racial disparities." No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • OSU provides numerous types of DEI training including "CFAES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshops," the "Kirwan Institute Implicit Bias Training," and the "ODI National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning."
  • OSU offers a DEI Certificate to "gain the skills you’ll need to thrive in the diverse workplace of today."
  • The university offers the "Anti-Racism in Education" certificate after completing the program to "study... the historical context, theories, values, and aims of anti-racism work within educational contexts."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • OSU offers "The Early Childhood Education Program," which provides an “[opportunity] to examine interesting and effective social studies content knowledge, cultural understandings, and pedagogies for the early childhood learner within global contexts.”
Disciplinary Measures
  • An OSU student fueled controversy after stating "Black People Are Superior” at a General Assembly meeting for the Undergraduate Student Government. He was reported by fellow members of the General Assembly.
Program and Research Funding
  • The university announced, "The Office of Research has partnered with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to establish a $1 million fund to provide seed grants for Ohio State’s research and creative expression community to study the causes and effects of, and solutions to, racism and racial disparities."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The university president supports "an independent Citizens Review Board to review instances of alleged police misconduct."
Resources
  • The university will be organizing events and forums to have "Critical and incisive discussions."
Symbolic Actions
  • The university announced, "We are establishing a university task force to examine issues related to racism and racial disparities on our campuses and in our community. The task force will bring forward specific recommendations for changes to specific policies, processes, practices, programs and/or positions that will help us be a better example of the ideal university."
  • The Wexner Medical Center and the health sciences colleges will aim "to address racism as a social determinant of health" as part of their "Anti-Racism Action Plan."
  • The Wexner Medical Center actively encouraged students to participate in the 21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge "to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, systemic racism, oppression and equity as an individual, group, unit or department."
  • The library has provided anti-racist resources as well as a statement of support for Black Lives Matter.
  • In May 2022, the University hosted special events named "Microaggressions and Me" and "Navigating Difficult DEI Conversations."
  • In September 2021, the university hosted an event discussing the "Fiction and Fact About Critical Race Theory."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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