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Commitment to Diversity


PCOE 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.

Ohio University Office of Diversity and Inclusion

PCOE Definition of Diversity

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 Dean's Advisory
Committee on Diversity:


Sheri Huckleberry, Recreation and Sport Pedagogy, 2014-2017
Committee Chair

Donald Brown, Human And Consumer Science Education, 2013-2016

Lisa Harrison, Teacher Education, 2011-2014

Katharine Sprecher, Educational Studies, 2014-2017

Kelly Davidson, Office of Student Affairs, 2012-2015

Pete Mather, Counseling & Higher Education, 2013-2015

Kwabena Owusu-Kwarteng, Upward Bound, 2012-2015

Jennifer Martin, Teacher Education Staff, 2011-2014

Renée A. Middleton (Ex Officio), Dean