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 nine-city Young Scholars Program, as well as being home to a wide-range of retention, mentoring, scholarship, and access programs.


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.

Dr. James L. Moore III
Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Executive Director, Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male
Distinguished Professor of Urban Education, College of Education and Human Ecology

Mission, Vision, Values


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) advances academic excellence by increasing and advocating for campus diversity and inclusion. ODI undertakes initiatives aimed at the recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented students, faculty, and staff, by working with academic units, community partners, and national organizations and institutions.


To be the nation's premier leader and model for the institutional integration of excellence through diversity in higher education for the 21st century.

  • Inclusive Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Social Justice and Equity
  • Respect and Civility
  • Leadership and Partnerships