Ohio University

Diversity

Ohio University has made a commitment to become a national leader for diversity and inclusion.

Athens community and OHIO students participate in a pride parade.

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis recently named Gigi Secuban to lead the charge as the university’s first vice president for diversity and inclusion. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion oversees the Multicultural Center, Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR), the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center, and the Women’s Center.

Multicultural Programs and Center

All multicultural programming for the Multicultural Center is designed to increase human understanding through the study and expression of culture.

Multicultural Programs and Center website

From Greek life to Hip Hop Congress, OHIO is home to many multicultural student organizations.

View a list of multicultural student organizations

Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR)

The Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) assists in providing access to a quality academic and enriching social experience at Ohio University for diverse students, while leading the institution's efforts to successfully retain and graduate them.

Learn about OMSAR

LINKS is a peer-mentoring program for first-year multicultural students. LINKS helps first-year students navigate the college experience by making students aware of the available university resources, services, and offices.

Learn more about LINKS

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center works to create a community environment (on and off campus) that is truly safe and celebratory of people of all genders, orientations, and expressions of identity. As an academic support unit, the center strives to enhance students' learning and engagement as well as increase the retention of LGBT students.

Ohio University’s LGBT Center was the first in the state of Ohio, and OHIO is one of only 55 universities nationwide to offer gender-neutral housing. OHIO was recently named as one of the Top 25 Best LGBTQ-Friendly colleges for the second year in a row. The list is compiled by the Campus Pride Index, an organization that generates national standards for LGBTQ-friendly higher education insitutions.

Learn more about the LGBT Center

Women’s Center

The Women’s Center promotes awareness, education, and advocacy about women, gender, and diversity among faculty, staff, and students at Ohio University and its surrounding communities. Among other programs, the center provides leadership and professional development opportunities, recognizes women who are making a difference, and helps pair students with female mentors.

Learn more about the Women's Center