History: In support of President Drake’s 2020 vision, USAC first established the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force in 2016 to examine staff diversity and models of inclusion at Ohio State. Through the task force’s efforts to examine existing practices and develop new initiatives, programming, and opportunities for staff to engage on topics of diversity and inclusion, we’ve learned that the campus climate is particularly complex.
In the March 14, 2018 business meeting, USAC members voted to create the Inclusive Excellence (IE) Sub-Committee to establish our commitment and dedication to staff diversity and inclusion within USAC, rather than living as a temporary effort by a task force that’s appointed by the USAC Chair on a yearly basis.
This subcommittee, in turn, will also instill inclusive excellence into our own culture and practices, which we as a committee can promote to all staff at the university. The addition of this subcommittee will take effect on July 1, 2018.
The Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce was created in 2015 to examine staff diversity and models of inclusion at Ohio State and lead toward a positive change of staff in the university environment. Efforts to continue existing and developing new initiatives, programming, and opportunities to engage on topics of diversity and inclusion for staff directly support President Drake’s 2020 vision.
Ferdinand Avila-Medina, Inclusive Excellence, Chair
3rd Year Member
Learning Specialist, Newark Campus/Center for Student Success
Annie Bingman, Inclusive Excellence, Vice-Chair
2nd Year Member
Interim Assistant Director, Buckeye Village University Housing
Committee assignments to be determined shortly