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Welcome to Diversity and Inclusion

Ohio University's Division of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to facilitate an infusion of diversity embedded into the fabric of the institution with inclusive practices, institutional policies, curricula and programs leading to a supportive and affirming environment that welcomes and respects all persons specifically those individuals and groups who have historically been excluded, not represented and or rendered voiceless in society.

"This is an exciting time to be at Ohio University! It is evident through daily interactions on campus that our community honors difference and equality, and I am inspired by the passionate voices of faculty, staff and students who are helping to advance our mission. Similarly, the Diversity and Inclusion team and I are fully committed to cultivating President Nellis’ vision for Ohio University to become a national leader in diversity and inclusion, and our renewed vision will help foster positive change on our campus and beyond. With your continued support of this ongoing commitment, we will continue to improve the lives of our entire Ohio University community."

Dr. Gigi Secuban
Ohio University Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Commitment to Students

October 2, 2019

Ohio University is here to support our students. We recognize that a recent video showing a portion of events involving Athens Police Department and an individual visiting Athens has caused hurt in our community. While the Athens Police Department conducts its investigation, we want to ensure students are aware of resources available to them:

  • There will be a joint forum “Ask the Chiefs” with both the Chief of police from Athens Police Department and the Chief of police from Ohio University Police Department, at Athena Cinema (20 S Court St, Athens, OH 45701), on October 8, from 7PM-9PM. The forum is jointly organized with the Multicultural Center, part of the Division of Diversity and Inclusion at Ohio University.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services: Staff at Counseling and Psychological Services are available to support students 24/7 at 740-593-1616. Students may attend “drop-in” hours Monday – Friday, 9:45 am - 3:15 pm in Hudson. The Counselor-in-Residence program is also available to students and is located in the Living Learning Center, Room 160, Sunday – Friday, 5:00pm-10:00pm.
  • We encourage Ohio University members to report bias-related incidents, which they can do through Equity and Civil Rights Compliance. Visit https://www.ohio.edu/equity-civil-rights and click on “Report Discrimination.”
  • Offices within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, including the Multicultural Center, LGBT Center, Women’s Center, and Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention, are committed to providing support through our services to all Ohio University and community members.

We encourage you to talk with one another, and to support one another, throughout the year. It’s important that we have meaningful dialogue to understand how these situations impact our communities, and we hope that you will attend the “Ask the Chiefs” joint forum on October 8.

Diversity Services

  • Diversity Leadership Ambassador Program

    The Ohio University Diversity Leadership Ambassador Program provides a unique opportunity for students to take an active role on campus by discussing their personal narratives in correlation with diversity related topics.

    Read More About the Ambassadors Program
  • Multicultural Junior Faculty Mentoring Program

    The Multicultural Junior Faculty Mentoring Program is designed to provide tenure-track underrepresented faculty with the support, resources, advice, and council to move successfully toward achieving tenure track status.

    Read More About the Mentoring Program

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