Diversity is a central priority for Ohio University under Dr. Nellis’ leadership. In fact, becoming a national leader for diversity and inclusion is one of the strategic presidential priorities outlined in his investiture address last fall.
At OHIO, we want a campus culture that makes sure all students, staff and faculty have the opportunities and support to succeed, including our very diverse community of students from over 100 countries.
We have already seen several successes in our efforts toward recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty and staff. My goals align with Dr. Nellis’s vision. I am committed to creating an environment where engaging, productive conversations continue to take place within our community in authentic, thoughtful ways. Creating a welcoming environment for every member of the Bobcat Community is a priority and you will continue to see that demonstrated in both words and the collective actions of our university leadership across all of our campuses.
Together, we all can establish an environment where difference in all of its forms is welcomed and celebrated.
Dr. Gigi Secuban
Dr. Secuban comes to us from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she served as the Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations. Her background includes a history of collaboration with academic affairs in developing recruitment and retention programs. Dr. Secuban will be a wonderful addition to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the President's senior leadership team, and our community. Her first day at Ohio University was June 18, 2018.
Gigi has a passion for working with students at the foundation of her work. She enjoys supporting the academic and personal development of students as well as promoting diversity and inclusion efforts on campus and the community. She clearly shares the values of our institution and she is excited to be part of the Bobcat Family.
The position of Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion is a vital part of the President’s leadership team and essential to the success of our strategic pathways as we continue to bolster our efforts to make Ohio University a national leader for diversityand inclusion. The constructive conversations that occurred at the open forums proved how passionate the University Community feels about this issue. The feedback from the campus was not only heard, but appreciated.
Gigi looks forward to working with the President and other campus and community partners in the years ahead as we develop a new strategy that will advance Ohio University to new levels of inclusive excellence.