Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.07
Liaison Tony Gillund
Submission Date May 9, 2017
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STARS v2.1

The Ohio State University at Lima
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 John Upshaw
Special Assistant & Chief Diversity Officer, Chair Diversity Council
Office of Institutional Diversity
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:
Yes, see link: https://hr.osu.edu/public/documents/policy/policy110.pdf

Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):
Ohio State has an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity & Non-Discrimination/Harassment Policy. This policy not only identifies Ohio State’s commitment to build and maintain a diverse community with equal opportunity, but it also outlines the procedure to make a complaint of discrimination. One such method is through Ohio State’s Bias Assessment Response Team (BART), a resource for anyone who needs to report an incident of bias or wants to explore and better understand issues like bias and discrimination and how to effectively respond. BART receives, monitors, refers, and, as necessary, coordinates university responses to hate and bias-related incidents that impact all or a significant portion of the university community. Incidents may involve bias or hate as a result of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. BART is not intended to replace or subordinate any existing processes for reporting and addressing acts of discrimination, harassment, or violence, including but not limited to processes of the Office of Human Resources, OSU Police, and Office of Student Conduct.

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has created a comprehensive webpage to depict the various scholarship and affordability options that the university has to offer to its students and those that are considering becoming fellow Buckeyes. These proactive measures coincide with the Diversity Action Plan that was implemented at The Ohio State University to continue to foster an environment of inclusion and understanding for all walks of life.

The DREAM (Dare to Reach Excellence, Achievement and Meaning) program is a college preparation program created by Ohio State Lima to ensure that all students capable of achieving a university education have the opportunity to do so. Students are nominated to participate in the DREAM program by their guidance counselors and must be Allen County high school seniors. As part of the program, students and their parents are offered one-on-one support and counseling on topics such as the application process, financial aid and scholarships. Upon completion of the DREAM program students will enter DREAM Scholars for Success as part of the process to receive a renewable scholarship to Ohio State Lima. https://lima.osu.edu/current-students/office-of-diversity-and-inclusion/dream-program.html

Faculty and Staff:
Hiring Guide: searches for all college positions, including regular faculty positions, must be conducted in accordance with the guidelines established in the hiring guide that includes statements about the College’s commitment to diversity. The college strives to have diversity on search committees and vigorously pursues the development of diverse applicant pools.

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:
College Level Intervention For Freshman Success (CLIFFS), The Ohio State Lima’s CLIFFS program accepts Ohio State Lima students and begins three weeks prior to the start of Autumn Semester. Admitted students participate in academic and life skills courses that provide a foundation for the demands and expectations of the University to bridge the high school to college transition. successfully. https://lima.osu.edu/current-students/office-of-diversity-and-inclusion/cliffs.html

Campus Change: Through the Campus Change Program, students receive various support services that facilitate academic success en route to a baccalaureate degree. These services include retention counseling, tutoring, study skills development workshops, and peer mentoring. Students are selected annually and are recognized as a cohort. As a part of this cohort, participants are encouraged to inspire and support one another. https://odi.osu.edu/for-students/undergraduate/campus-change.html

Staff and Faculty:
Advocates and Allies Institutionalization Committee: The Advocates & Allies Institutionalization Committee (AAIC) is composed of faculty and staff who want to further gender and minority equity at Ohio State. The AAIC’s role as outlined in the NSF grant is to broaden and institutionalize the program. The committee is working to tailor the program to the specific needs of Ohio State. https://womensplace.osu.edu/advocates-and-allies-institutionalization-committee.html

The Women's Place: The Women's Place serves as a catalyst for institutional change to expand opportunities for women's growth, leadership and power in an inclusive, supportive, and safe university environment consistent with the goals of the Academic and Diversity Plans. https://womensplace.osu.edu/mission-vision-and-guiding-principles.html

National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning: https://odi.osu.edu/about/conferences/national-conference-on-diversity-race-and-learning/

Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
Physics Bridge Program: The MS to PhD Bridge program at OSU strives to enhance the diversity of qualified applicants to physics PhD programs. The Bridge program is a two year program for students with a bachelors degree in Physics, or a closely related field, who are motivated to pursue a PhD, but require additional course work, training, and research experience to excel in a PhD program. https://physics.osu.edu/masters-phd-bridge-program

Discovery Scholars: The Discovery Scholars Program is a funding opportunity at The Ohio State University which aims to increase the diversity of our graduate student body. This program provides funding for students admitted from the GEM Fellowship Program to the Colleges of Engineering or Arts and Sciences' MS and PhD programs. Only GEM applicants and fellows are eligible for this opportunity. https://engineering.osu.edu/discovery-scholars-program

Arts and Sciences Graduate Diversity Services: The Office of Recruitment and Diversity Services within Arts and Sciences works in partnership with departments, research centers and other campus units to ensure a supportive and thriving intellectual environment for diverse populations of students as they pursue advanced degrees. https://artsandsciences.osu.edu/academics/graduate-students/diversity

Post Baccalaureate Preparation Conference: The annual Post-Baccalaureate Preparation Conference promotes excellence in preparation for post-baccalaureate career options that require additional education in graduate or professional school. https://odi.osu.edu/about/conferences/post-baccalaureate-preparation-conference/

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

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