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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

Admissions Policies
  • On April 28, 2022, OSU published its "Task Force on Racism and Racial Inequities," which states that it would "Support the development of college-specific recruitment plans and activities tailored to students from underrepresented backgrounds" and "Continue to provide implicit bias training to all reviewers, assess scoring rubrics and other practices for the potential to impact admissions for students of color and economically disadvantaged students."
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."
  • OSU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion announced several diversity training workshops for faculty and staff taking place in 2023 on such topics as microaggressions and anti-racism.
  • OSU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion has an "Inclusive Excellence Team Certificate Program" and describes the program as follows: "We equip teams with the knowledge and tools necessary to cultivate a learning mindset and group culture in the workplace that promotes buy-in to Inclusive Excellence initiatives."
  • On April 28, 2022, OSU published its "Task Force on Racism and Racial Inequities," which states that, for both students and faculty, it would "Develop and disseminate a core training curriculum that is informed by goals of knowledge gain, increased competency and increased self-efficacy in engaging in areas of DEI."
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.”
  • On April 28, 2022, OSU published its "Task Force on Racism and Racial Inequities," which states that it would "Encourage undergraduate and graduate programs to include DEI topics and approaches in foundational or prerequisite courses for the discipline."
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."
  • OSU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion's "Dr. James L. Moore III Scholars Program" is a "student development initiative, focused on underrepresented transfer students from Columbus State Community College (CSCC)."
  • On April 28, 2022, OSU published its "Task Force on Racism and Racial Inequities," which states that it would "Continue to fund incentives for instructional redesign through the Drake Institute to encourage instructors to devise more inclusive syllabi and classroom practices."
  • OSU's "Race, Inclusion and Social Equity (RAISE)" initiative is described as follows: "The university set a goal to add at least 50 tenure-track faculty members whose research can help to address racial and social disparities. RAISE faculty will focus on topics such as health outcomes, educational equity, economic opportunity, environment impacts, justice and public safety, as well as the arts."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The university president supports "an independent Citizens Review Board to review instances of alleged police misconduct."
  • On April 28, 2022, OSU published its "Task Force on Racism and Racial Inequities," which states that it would "Hold deliberative dialogues with the Columbus Division of Police, the Ohio State Department of Public Safety and students, staff and faculty of color to allow people to share their concerns and experiences and discuss how to improve policing in Columbus" and "Create an interdisciplinary research center, based on the university’s current RAISE initiative, that would focus on policing, equity and the empirical scholarship of community safety."
Resources
  • The university will be organizing events and forums to have "Critical and incisive discussions."
  • On March 8, 20022, OSU's John Glenn College of Public Affairs hosted an event titled "Dialogue: Critical Race Theory – What Is It, and Why Is It Under Attack?" This "Dialogue discussion" explored critical race theory and discussed "why it has come under fire."
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 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 April 25th, 2023
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