What is the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is one of the oldest and most prominent offices of its kind in the nation. Founded in 1970, ODI supports the recruitment, retention and success of students, faculty and staff who enhance the diversity of The Ohio State University. ODI oversees the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, the Morrill Scholarship Program, the nine-city Young Scholars Program, ACCESS Collaborative, as well as being home to a wide-range of retention, mentoring, scholarship, and access programs, including Latine Student Success, the James L. Moore III Scholars, and the Regional Campus Transitioners.


At Ohio State, we consider the rich diversity of our students, faculty and staff to be both a defining characteristic and an essential source of our institutional strength.

Founded in 1970, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is one of the oldest and most comprehensive offices of its kind in the nation with a mission to help build Ohio State into a world class model of inclusive academic excellence. With the changing face of the nation itself, the terms “diversity” and “inclusion” have expanded over time to include persons from a growing array of backgrounds, cultures, identities, and experiences. Because diversity is dynamic, not static, the university will continue to reflect these changes, understanding that a diverse learning environment benefits everyone.

Decades of research have shown that diversity, nurtured in a welcoming and respectful environment, encourages critical thinking, reduces harmful stereotypes, and strengthens the ability to communicate, work, and play across lines of identity and difference. These are essential skills for participants in a globally-connected world, and Ohio State is committed to providing the richly diverse learning environment that all Ohio State students need to grow into the able leaders and productive citizens that our nation and world demand.

Diversity enhances the learning experience by exposing and challenging us to consider, weigh and value the thoughts, experiences, and practices of others different from ourselves.

We encourage you to explore ODI's website, where you will find a wealth of information on events, activities, programs, opportunities, and resources related to diversity and inclusion issues. ODI would love your support and involvement as we strive to make The Ohio State University into a global leader of inclusive excellence for the 21st century.

Vision, Mission, Values


To be the nation's premier leader and model for diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and broader society.


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) advances diversity, equity and inclusive excellence throughout the university enterprise by implementing student recruitment, retention and success programs, supporting faculty and staff initiatives, and partnering with campus and community stakeholders in the United States and beyond.

  • Leadership and Teamwork

  • Respect and Civility

  • Resource Stewardship

  • Access and Opportunity

  • Collaboration and Partnerships

  • Social Justice and Advocacy