Ohio University selects nationally-recognized firm to conduct campus diversity, equity and inclusion audit

Published: December 8, 2022 Author: Staff reports

Ohio University has announced that the USC Race and Equity Center, a nationally-recognized organization for its work in diversity, equity and inclusion, has been selected to conduct a thorough review of OHIO’s current diversity, equity and inclusion programs, policies, practices and overall campus climate in 2023. 

“Last spring, Ohio University shared its commitment to undertake an extensive study of our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts with the help of a nationally-respected expert, and I am proud that USC Race and Equity Center has been selected to move this important effort forward,” President Hugh Sherman said. “I’m confident that their work will help us identify opportunities to both expand and refine OHIO’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.”

The USC Race and Equity Center has worked with colleges and universities across the country to assess student learning from an equity standpoint and advance racial equity; they also assist to empower faculty and staff members to strategically develop and achieve equity goals through climate studies, high-quality learning experiences, substantive partnerships and workshops built to improve racial literacy on campuses. The organization was selected by Ohio University after an extensive and thorough vetting process.

“The USC Race and Equity Center was highly recommended because of its experience and research expertise,” Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs said. “Their study will provide us with essential information for all aspects of our University.”

Earlier this year, Ohio University conducted its Campus Climate for Diversity survey. The USC Race and Equity Center plans to incorporate the results of this study into their overall scope of work. The Center has been contracted to work for one year on the study and will present their findings publicly to University stakeholders in late 2023. 

“OHIO is committed to continually working to move its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts forward, and it’s crucial that we include a thorough review our programs, policies, practices and climate in all areas of our University as part of our overall efforts,” interim Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Salome Nnoromele said. “We are excited to work with the USC Race and Equity Center and to learn more about how we can work together to further our collective diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across campus.”

Ohio University has taken many steps to enhance diversity and inclusion in recent years, including launching the Make Respect Visible initiative on campus and throughout Athens. The collaborative initiative encourages a culture of respect in the OHIO community, reducing bias through open and respectful dialogue. Make Respect Visible has become a central part of Ohio University’s culture.

For additional information about OHIO’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, visit ohio.edu/diversity.