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Commitment to Diversity


The Patton College community fosters a sense of respect and inclusion. Through educational experiences and the climate in our college, we promote increased awareness, acceptance, knowledge, and understanding of all facets of human diversity. We are committed to the recruitment, retention, and success of students, staff, and faculty who are representative of our increasingly diverse global community. Our goal is to prepare leader-educators, practitioners, and human service professionals to serve society responsibly as change agents in meeting diverse human and social needs.

Diversity is a core value of The Patton College of Education. The Patton College subscribes to the definition of diversity put forward by Ohio University's Office of Diversity, Access, and Equity: Diversity signifies difference and heterogeneity between and among individuals, groups, and cultures. Specifically, diversity is inclusive of all ages, races, ethnic groups, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, national origins, cultures, socioeconomic classes, abilities, ways of thinking, geographic regions, and religions.

Members of the 2011-12 Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity:

Donald Brown, Chair Assistant Professor, Human And Consumer Science Education

Lisa Harrison, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

Bill Larson, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies

Bruce Martin, Assistant Professor, Recreation and Sport Pedagogy

Kelly Davidson, Academic Advisor, Office of Student Affairs

Nicole Bowen, Assistant Professor, Counseling & Higher Education

Kwabena Owusu-Kwarteng, Interim Director, Upward Bound

Mary Mize, Records Management Associate

Sharon Reynolds, Director of Adult Learning, Literacy Center

Bilge Sulak, Graduate student representative

Renée A. Middleton (Ex Officio), Dean