The College of Science is pleased to announce that Kameron Kadooka, coordinator for OSU’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program (LSAMP), will serve as the interim director for Equity, Access and Inclusion (EAI) for the College of Science.
“This is incredibly important work,” said Kadooka, who joined the College at its Diversity Action Plan (DAP) rollout event for faculty and staff today. “The DAP has been built very intentionally and will allow the College of Science to be more inclusive and equitable for all students. I’m excited to help get it off the ground up and running.”
Kadooka will continue as LSAMP program coordinator, taking on the interim directorship in the College of Science on a part-time basis for up to six months while the College conducts an open, external search for a permanent EAI director.
“In my current role with LSAMP, I spend a lot of time helping individual students navigate roadblocks and barriers,” he said. “This plan allows for the removal of those roadblocks on a scalable, sustainable and systemic level. I'm looking forward to working from the other side now to help remove some of those barriers and roadblocks so students don't have to navigate around them.”
Andy Karplus, university distinguished professor of biochemistry and biophysics, will work with Kadooka as a part-time associate director until a full-time director is hired. “I am so pleased to work under Kameron’s leadership and to learn from and collaborate with him and others to get the DAP agenda launched and make headway and build momentum that will both help attract a long-term director and set them up for success.
“I am excited to be able to help the College start implementing the plan with an intent to actually make real progress in becoming a place in which every student and staff member feels like they belong and are valued and supported in their journey,” Karplus said.