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Embedding Equity, Access and Inclusion

Diversity Action Plan 2021-2024

Embedding Equity, Access and Inclusion is the College of Science’s 2021 Strategic Diversity Action Plan. Authored by the Diversity, Equity, Justice and Inclusion (DEJI) Working Group, it is a community plan, reflecting the many priorities and values of College of Science community members deliberated in dialogue and conversation over the 2020–2021 academic year.

Our values for embedding equity, access and inclusion

The College of Science values equitable pathways to success for ALL. We envision a collaborative and innovative community in which ALL students, faculty and staff have equitable opportunities to enable success in their endeavors at OSU. We envision shared governance through dialogue that is inclusive of all voices that aim to achieve inclusive excellence.

The College of Science values academic freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of conscience, constructive criticism, the use of evidence in reasoned arguments and free inquiry that seeks to understand objective reality. The college values diversity of thought and welcomes divergent views, including minority and unpopular viewpoints, on how to achieve inclusive excellence.

Our mission for embedding equity, access and inclusion

We will create a multi-faceted view of what success looks like ensuring all scientists or science educators have equitable access to succeed in science. We will work to dismantle systems of oppression and embed equity in everything we do. We will create a climate of trust, understanding and inclusion that allows for productive conflict while acknowledging inequities that exist.

Goal 1

Embed, integrate and advance inclusive excellence within all aspects of the College of Science.

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Goal 2

Establish holistic, inclusive, and equitable hiring, recruitment and retention practices.

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Goal 3

Create a welcoming college climate to support a sense of belonging and equitable learning and training experiences.

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Goal 4

Provide innovative, inclusive and equitable access to learning and research experiences that incorporate global experiences.

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Goal 5

Communicate accomplishments reflecting our commitments to inclusion and mutual respect of all members while enhancing visibility of minoritized communities.

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Collection of input from stakeholders

The College of Science Diversity, Equity, Justice and Inclusion Working Group met to engage in a deliberative process utilizing the Office of Institutional Diversity’s Adaptive Strategic Planning for Inclusive Excellence. This framework included shared group learning, deliberation of foundational questions and the collection of vision input from stakeholders through three general focus group listening sessions open to all community members in the College, four special sessions comprising college leadership, staff, undergraduate and graduate students and a Qualtrics survey open to all community members.