Addressing our Divisions  with Courage and Honesty  The race for the U.S. presidency is now concluded, but the social divisions it revealed and its negative effects on public discourse will linger if not addressed head-on with courage and honesty.  At the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, we value the right of free expression, but we also recognize the profits of civility, where disagreements are discussed openly and courteously, and where genuine listening and learning beyond one’s initial beliefs and preconceptions occur.  We also value a diverse and inclusive community, where all are treated with care and consideration as equally-respected contributors to the whole.  At ODI, we know that displays of respect across lines of disagreement breed goodwill, and goodwill bolsters the essential realization that our commonalities are greater than our differences.  Sharon Davies Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer


Alumni Spotlight: Brandon Smith and
Howard Patton

Smith and Patton

The Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male (BNRC) at The Ohio State University has sparked many lifelong friendships between its organization’s members. The same happened for Brandon Smith and Howard Patton.

Read more about Smith and Patton.