Championing Inclusion for Global Impact

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Championing Inclusion for Global Impact

A new monthly corporate equity and justice webinar series from The Ohio State University—Driving Change—kicked with a panel discussion featuring a top executive from Columbus investing giant JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Hosted by Ohio State's own Dr. James L. Moore III, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, the new series will offer sustainable solutions for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the corporate sector and in other critical domains of society. The corporate guest joining Dr. Moore and Dr. Tom Gregoire, dean of the college of social work, for the initial Driving Change conversation were Jeffrey Lyttle, executive director for university relations and workforce at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The monthly webinar breaks new ground by offering specific actions corporate and non-profit leaders can take building more equitable organizations while discussing exemplary practices in implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives. “In our streets, schools, universities, corporations, and communities, we see a new generation demanding for greater inclusion, equity, and justice,” said Moore. “But how does that translate to the corporate world? I look forward to exploring how corporations can leverage their brands as well as human and financial resources to advance greater equity and inclusion in America and beyond. I believe that our ‘Driving Change' series offer a great forum for higher education and the corporate sector to have meaningful discussions on they can better partner to eradicate racism and racial inequities.”

JPMorgan Chase & Co kicked off the series, after making a $2.5 million investment in 2019 in both the Young Scholars Program and Morrill Scholarship Program, Ohio State's flagship diversity scholarship programs run by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Future guests for the monthly one-on-one conversations and panel discussions with Dr. Moore will include university leaders, faculty, students, and corporate and community leaders across Ohio and beyond. Both Moore and Gregoire are co-chairs leading the university's 17-member Task Force on Racism and Racial Inequities.