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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 mission for embedding equity, access and inclusion

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

Our values for embedding equity, access and inclusion

We value 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. We value diversity of thought and welcomes divergent views, including minority and unpopular viewpoints, on how to achieve inclusive excellence.

Our vision for embedding equity, access and inclusion

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.

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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Building the Action Plan

In Fall 2020, the College of Science’s Diversity, Equity, Justice and Inclusion Working Group was formed and charged with writing a strategic diversity action plan (DAP) to improve outcomes for underrepresented students, faculty and staff and result in greater numbers of historically underrepresented students who go on to have similar achievement levels to other students in the college.

Learn more about this process and the creation of this living document: