The Office of Diversity and Inclusion promotes students' academic growth and potential by providing pre-collegiate programs that allow students to experience the challenge of college-level academics and to prepare them for future success.
Bridge Builders Forum
In partnership with the Gates Millennium Scholars Program and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Bridge Builders Forum is designed to increase Latino access to higher education. Interactive sessions provide bilingual information for high school youth and their families to help them prepare for college, including workshops on making college choices, paying for college and preparing competitive college applications.
LASER (Latino & Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research)
To expand the presence of Latinos in higher education, LASER provides mentors who serve as academic role models and bridge builders between Latinos in high school and Ohio State and LASER partnership campuses, Otterbein and Ohio Wesleyan University. Mentors focus on guiding high school students through the college application process, including intensive exam preparation, guidance in writing the entrance essay, and other aspects.
The Upward Bound Program is part of the federal TRiO programs, which are educational opportunity outreach programs. Upward Bound includes outreach and support programs that serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.
Young Scholars Program
The Young Scholars Program has been preparing scholars for success and contributing to the diversity of The Ohio State University since 1988. Connecting multiple levels of education, the Young Scholar Program enhances the professional development and personal growth of high-ability academically gifted first-generation students with financial need in grades 8-12 from nine Ohio school districts: Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, and Youngstown.