Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Buckeye Portal for Inclusive Excellence

What is the portal?

The Buckeye Portal for Inclusive Excellence is a central repository of Ohio State University activities, events, and programs and strategic planning efforts that support the university's efforts toward inclusive excellence. As stated in Ohio State's Strategic Plan, “diversity and inclusion are core principles in everything we do at this institution, from academic programming and resources to the hiring and promotion of faculty and staff.” Through the portal, we help our university succeed by creating and managing an inventory of our engagements and investments. By using this tool, staff, faculty, and students can share promising practices, find collaborators, and generate new opportunities to further enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Why was the portal developed?

The portal was developed to allow Ohio State to capture its efforts and investments in diversity, equity, and inclusion. The portal archives information so that we can build on successes and address new opportunities on OSU's campus in order to enhance student, staff, faculty, and post-doctoral researcher diversity, and to build an inclusive environment for everyone.

Who is involved?

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion maintains the Buckeye Portal and the submission process for Inclusive Excellence Plans and Activities. We also provide consultancy and resources to support colleges and units in the planning, implementation, and assessment of inclusive excellence.

Colleges and units are encouraged to appoint a Chief Diversity Officer or other diversity advocate to serve as the liaison to ODI and be responsible for the unit's participation in the portal. Diversity Advocates will also be invited to be active participants in diversity, equity, and inclusion endeavors at Ohio State.

How do I gain access to the portal?

Each college/unit should identify a staff or faculty member responsible for inclusive excellence planning and activities, events, and programs. Some units also designate an employee dedicated to entering the activities, events, and programs for their unit into the portal.

If you currently do not have access to login and upload materials to the portal, click on Request Access to the Buckeye Portal and complete the form.