Focus on racial justice

Focus on racial justice

The senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor — along with countless others — have sparked a worldwide focus on racial injustices and inequities that have long plagued our society. As a university dedicated to creating the future, Ohio State is committed to being an agent of change through our words and deeds. Our motto is “Education for Citizenship,” and Buckeyes are united in making a difference.

Ohio State is a comprehensive university, and our response to racial injustice and inequities is similarly wide ranging, with contributions to knowledge, understanding and action. In addition to steps being taken throughout our 15 colleges, our six campuses and the Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State has university-wide initiatives, events and resources.

Initiatives

Ohio State is establishing a university task force to examine issues related to racism and racial disparities on our campuses and in our community. The task force will bring forward specific recommendations for changes to specific policies, processes, practices, programs and/or positions that will help us be a better example of the ideal university.

Task force chairs:

  • James L. Moore III, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer
  • Tom Gregoire, dean of the College of Social Work.

The task force will include faculty, student, and staff representation from across the university.

The Office of Research has partnered with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to establish a $1 million fund to provide seed grants for Ohio State's research and creative expression community to study the causes and effects of, and solutions to, racism and racial disparities. A webpage describing the application process and funding parameters will go live in the coming weeks.

President Michael V. Drake has told Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, City Council President Shannon Hardin and others in city leadership that he supports the creation of an independent Citizens Review Board to review instances of alleged police misconduct, as recommended by the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission. President Drake has asked that this board include an Ohio State student representative.

On June 1, President Michael V. Drake testified in support of a Columbus City Council resolution that declared racism a public health crisis. The resolution passed and joined a previous declaration by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. President Drake also expressed his support for a similar resolution under consideration by the Ohio Senate.

These steps further enable efforts at the Wexner Medical Center to mobilize and concentrate research and clinical efforts to end disparities in health outcomes in infant mortality, diabetes, COVID-19 and other conditions.

Events

This table lists racial justice events that are open to the public.

Date/Time Title
July 29, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.
Latinx Student Success and Que Pasa: Summer Snapshot
Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
July 29, 2020
1 to 2:30 p.m.
How do you show up for your Black colleagues in Schools and Campuses?
Hosted by the Department of Educational Studies
July 23, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.
Equity and Inclusion in Postdoc Hiring (for faculty: password Equity!)
Hosted by The Ohio State University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
July 22, 2020
1 to 2:30 p.m.
It's okay to be white, but Can You Also be Antiracist in Educational Spaces?
Hosted by the Department of Educational Studies
July 17, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.
Equity and Inclusion in Postdoc Hiring (for postdocs and fellows: password OPA Coffee)
Hosted by The Ohio State University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
July 15, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.
Future Latinx Buckeyes: Parent Information Session
Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
July 15, 2020
1 to 2:30 p.m.
What is the role of White People in Dismantling Whiteness?
Hosted by the Department of Educational Studies
July 13, 2020
4 to 5:00 p.m.
Black Matter 101: This Side of the Pandemics
Hosted by the Department of African American and African Studies Presents
July 10, 2020
11 to 12:30 p.m.
Understanding History, Understanding Ourselves
Hosted by the Office of Student Life Multicultural Center
July 9, 2020
1 p.m.
What Does It Mean to Be Anti-Racist?
The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
July 9, 2020
3 p.m.
Justice for Racial Equality, Thursday Student Series: What's Next After Street Protesting Simmers
Hosted by The Ohio State University at Newark
July 8, 2020
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Dear White People: Whiteness and white supremacy in education
Hosted by the Department of Educational Studies
July 7, 2020
11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Hosted by Ohio State's Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability and Center for Ethics and Human Values
July 1, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.
Being Latinx: Mental Health and Self-Care
Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
June 1 - July 9, 2020 Cincinnati Goddamn: Stream online free for all audiences
Hosted by the Wexner Center for the Arts
July 2, 2020
3 p.m.
Justice for Racial Equality, Thursday Student Series: A Call to Action - Black Lives Matter
Hosted by The Ohio State University at Newark
June 29, 2020
3 to 4 p.m.
Black Matters 101: Dismantling Structural Inequalities
Hosted by the Department of African American and African Studies
June 25, 2020
1 p.m.
Why is it so hard to talk about race?
Hosted by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
June 25, 2020
3 p.m.
Justice for Racial Equality, Thursday Student Series: Current Issues, Social Media & You
Hosted by The Ohio State University at Newark and the offices of Student Life, Academic Affairs and Outreach and Engagement
June 24, 2020
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Black Matters 101: Policing and Black Communities
Hosted by the Department of African American and African Studies
June 15, 2020
9 to 10 a.m.
Being Black at Ohio State: Community, Opportunity & Leadership
Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center
June 15, 2020
3 to 4:30 p.m.
The Role of the Land-Grant University in Addressing Racial Tensions, Part II
Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and The Women's Place
June 11, 2020
Noon to 1 p.m.
A Conversation with the Latinx Community about the Struggle for Racial Justice
Hosted by the Organization of Hispanic/Latino Faculty and Staff
June 11, 2020
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Living Through Time and Change: Come Together to Support One Another in a Period of Civil Unrest
Hosted by Counseling and Consultation Services
June 10, 2020
2 p.m.
Conversations with Allies and Advocates
Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center, Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Outreach and Engagement
June 8, 2020
3 to 4:30 p.m.
The Role of the Land-Grant University in Addressing Racial Tensions, Part I
Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
June 5, 2020 White Coats for Black Lives (Video)
Hosted by Wexner Medical Center
June 5, 2020
2 p.m.
Allies and Advocates: Ways to Show Up for Racial Justice
Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center
June 3, 2020
6 p.m.
Black Student Forum
Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center
June 1-2, 2020 Black Lives Matter Processing Sessions
Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
June 1, 2020
3 to 4 p.m.
Come Together to Support One Another in Response to Recent Tragic Events of Racial Violence and Discrimination
Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center
This table lists racial justice events that are being conducted within specific units.
Date/Time Title
August 13, 2020
2 p.m.
Black Faculty Check-in Meeting
Hosted by College of Nursing
August 5, 2020
4 to 6 p.m.
"All Black Lives Matter" forum for African American Students at Lima
Hosted by The Ohio State University Lima
July 10, 2020
9 to 11 a.m.
Did I Really Hear That? Strategies for Responding to Microaggressions and Bias
Hosted by the College of Medicine
July 10, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.
Community Engagement: Cultivating Relationships, Impacting Health, and Advancing Scholarship to Promote Equity
Hosted by the College of Medicine
July 9, 2020
9 to 10 a.m.
Gender and Racial Inequities as Seen in the College of Medicine
Hosted by the College of Medicine
July 9, 2020
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Workshop: Speaking Up and Fostering Inclusive Organizations and Spaces (Students Only)
Hosted by the College of Medicine
July 8, 2020
10 to 11 a.m.
Community Health Partnership
Hosted by the College of Medicine
July 8, 2020
11 to 12 p.m.
Anti-Racism Action Plan
Hosted by the College of Medicine
July 7, 2020 9 to 10:30 a.m. Scrubbing In: Creating a Seat at the Table
Hosted by the College of Medicine
July 7, 2020 1 to 2 p.m. Navigating a Surgical Career (Medical Students Only)
Hosted by the College of Medicine
July 7, 2020 5 to 6:30 p.m. Workshop: Who am I? Are We? (Students Only)
Hosted by the College of Medicine
July 6, 2020 8 to 9 a.m. History of Racism: Racial Identity Development
Hosted by the College of Medicine
July 6, 2020 9 to 10 a.m. Racism in Education, Stories and Testimonies
Hosted by the College of Medicine
July 6, 2020 10 to 11:30 a.m. COVID-19 and the Asian Community: Impacts, Historical Oppression, and Allyship
Hosted by the College of Medicine
July 7, 2020
3 p.m.
Your Voice Matters: A Forum for Students of Color at Ohio State Mansfield
Hosted by The Ohio State University at Mansfield
July 23, 2020
11 a.m.
Black Staff Check-in Meeting
Hosted by College of Nursing
June 30, 2020
11 a.m. to Noon
Community Check-In for White Men: Staff
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
June 30, 2020
1 to 2 p.m.
Community Check-In for White Men: Students
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
June 30, 2020
3 to 4 p.m.
Community Check-In for White Men: Faculty
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
June 26, 2020
9:15 p.m.
Listening Session for Black, Indigenous, and Latinx Graduate Students
College of Engineering and Knowlton School of Architecture
June 26, 2020
11 a.m. to Noon
Community Check-In for Women: Staff
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
June 26, 2020
1 to 2 p.m.
Community Check-In for Women: Students
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
June 26, 2020
3 to 4 p.m.
Community Check-In for Women: Faculty
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
June 25, 2020
11 a.m. to Noon
Community Check-In for LGBTQ+: Staff
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
June 25, 2020
1 to 2 p.m.
Community Check-In for LGBTQ+: Students
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
June 25, 2020
3 to 4 p.m.
Community Check-In for LGBTQ+: Faculty
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
June 24, 2020
11 a.m. to Noon
Community Check-In for Arab/Middle Easterner: Staff
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
June 24, 2020
1 to 2 p.m.
Community Check-In for Arab/Middle Easterner: Students
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
June 24, 2020
3 to 4 p.m.
Community Check-In for Arab/Middle Easterner: Faculty
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
<>June 24, 2020
4 to 5:00 p.m.
Hosted by the College of Nursing
June 23, 2020
11 a.m. to Noon
Black Staff Check In
Hosted by the College of Nursing
June 23, 2020
11 a.m. to Noon
Community Check-In for Asian/Asian Americans: Staff
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
June 23, 2020
1 to 2 p.m.
Community Check-In for Asian/Asian Americans: Students
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
June 23, 2020
2 to 3 p.m
Black Faculty Check In
Hosted by the College of Nursing
June 23, 2020
3 to 4 p.m.
Community Check-In for Asian/Asian Americans: Faculty
Hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
June 22, 2020
12 to 1:00 p.m.
Town Hall on Race and Racism for Faculty
Hosted by the College of Nursing
June 23, 2020
11 to 12:00 p.m.
Black Staff Check In
>Hosted by the College of Nursing
June 23, 2020
2 to 3:00 p.m.
Black Faculty Check In
Hosted by the College of Nursing
June 23, 2020
4 to 5:00 p.m.
Town Hall on Race and Racism for Staff
Hosted by the College of Nursing
June 12, 2020 Forum for Faculty and Staff at Fisher College of Business
Hosted by Fisher College of Business
June 10, 2020 Clearing the Air: Race Relations in the US
Hosted by The Ohio State University at Lima
Use password 9M#239B4 to access the video recording
June 3, 2020
6 p.m.
Black Student Forum
Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center
June 1-2, 2020 Black Lives Matter Processing Sessions
Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
June 1, 2020
3 to 4 p.m.
Come Together to Support One Another in Response to Recent Tragic Events of Racial Violence and Discrimination
Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center

Events

The listing below includes events that are open to Ohio State community members. This list does not include the many important conversations, dialogues and fora taking place within units across campus.

Date/Time Title
June 1-2, 2020 Black Lives Matter Processing Sessions
Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
June 1, 2020
3 to 4 p.m.
Come Together to Support One Another in Response to Recent Tragic Events of Racial Violence and Discrimination
Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center
June 1 - July 9, 2020 Cincinnati Goddamn: Stream online free for all audiences
Hosted by the Wexner Center for the Arts
June 3, 2020
6 p.m.
Black Student Forum
Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center
June 5, 2020
2 p.m.
Allies and Advocates: Ways to Show Up for Racial Justice
Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center
June 5, 2020 White Coats for Black Lives (Video)
Hosted by Wexner Medical Center
June 8, 2020
3 to 4:30 p.m.
The Role of the Land-Grant University in Addressing Racial Tensions, Part I
Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
June 10, 2020
2 p.m.
Conversations with Allies and Advocates
Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center, Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Outreach and Engagement
June 10, 2020 Clearing the Air: Race Relations in the US
Hosted by The Ohio State University at Lima
Use password 9M#239B4 to access the video recording
June 11, 2020
Noon to 1 p.m.
A Conversation with the Latinx Community about the Struggle for Racial Justice
Hosted by the Organization of Hispanic/Latino Faculty and Staff
June 11, 2020
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Living Through Time and Change: Come Together to Support One Another in a Period of Civil Unrest
Hosted by Counseling and Consultation Services
June 12, 2020 Forum for Faculty and Staff at Fisher College of Business
Hosted by Fisher College of Business
June 15, 2020
3 to 4:30 p.m.
The Role of the Land-Grant University in Addressing Racial Tensions, Part II
Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and The Women's Place
June 15, 2020
9 to 10 a.m.
Being Black at Ohio State: Community, Opportunity & Leadership
Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center
June 22, 2020
12 to 1:00 p.m.
Town Hall on Race and Racism for Faculty
Hosted by the College of Nursing
June 23, 2020
11 to 12:00 p.m
Black Staff Check In
Hosted by the College of Nursing
June 23, 2020
2 to 3:00 p.m
Black Faculty Check In
Hosted by the College of Nursing
June 23, 2020
4 to 5:00 p.m
Town Hall on Race and Racism for Staff
Hosted by the College of Nursing
June 24, 2020
4 to 5:00 p.m
Town Hall on Race and Racism for Students
Hosted by the College of Nursing
June 24, 2020
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Black Matters 101: Policing and Black Communities
Hosted by the Department of African American and African Studies
June 25, 2020
1 p.m.
Why is it so hard to talk about race?
Hosted by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
June 25, 2020
3 p.m.
Justice for Racial Equality, Thursday Student Series: Current Issues, Social Media & You
Hosted by The Ohio State University at Newark and the offices of Student Life, Academic Affairs and Outreach and Engagement
June 26, 2020
9:15 p.m.
Listening Session for Black, Indigenous, and Latinx Graduate Students
College of Engineering and Knowlton School of Architecture
June 29, 2020
3 to 4 p.m.
Black Matters 101: Dismantling Structural Inequalities
Hosted by the Department of African American and African Studies
July 2, 2020
3 p.m.
Justice for Racial Equality, Thursday Student Series: A Call to Action - Black Lives Matter
Hosted by The Ohio State University at Newark
July 7, 2020
3 p.m.
Your Voice Matters: A Forum for Students of Color at Ohio State Mansfield
Hosted by The Ohio State University at Mansfield
July 9, 2020
3 p.m.
Justice for Racial Equality, Thursday Student Series: What's Next After Street Protesting Simmers
Hosted by The Ohio State University at Newark
July 17, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.
Equity and Inclusion in Postdoc Hiring (for postdocs and fellows: password OPA Coffee)
Hosted by The Ohio State University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
July 23, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.
Equity and Inclusion in Postdoc Hiring (for faculty: password Equity!)
Hosted by The Ohio State University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
August 5, 2020
4 to 6 p.m.
"All Black Lives Matter" forum for African American Students at Lima
Hosted by The Ohio State University Lima

Education and learning resources

The university's Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) was created to coordinate the university's response to all complaints of harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct. To learn more about your rights to be free from harassment and discrimination, to get assistance connecting with support resources, or to file a report, please contact OIE at:

You can also report concerns anonymously through EthicsPoint.

Members of The Ohio State community have the right to be free from all forms of harassment and discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.

In addition to educating yourself and ensuring that we treat all people with dignity and respect, you can act if you see something you know if wrong, such as a racist act.

  • Direct: confront the person(s) who are engaging in harmful behavior and ask them to stop, if you feel safe doing so. Also, please check in on those being harmed.
  • Distract: turn the attention of the people who are doing harm away from the current situation; the goal is to stop the harm.
  • Delegate: ask another trusted person for help who you believe can stop the situation in an effective manner. You can also report the incident to a trusted person at Ohio State (such as the Office for Institutional Equity).

*Note that being a victim is never the fault of the victim. These steps are intended for others to take as an upstander in support of the victim/survivor. People's abilities to act will be different, so again, we ask you do one of the above.

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