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

ODI Scholar Spotlight: ZAID HIGHTOWER

Zaid HightowerThe spring before Zaid Hightower was ready to begin classes at The Ohio State University, he received an email from the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, inviting him to attend the Center’s Early Arrival Program (EAP). It was his mother who read the email and told Zaid that he needed to attend the program. Read more about Zaid Hightower.