Give to ODI

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Because bright minds come from every zip code.

Donor contributions provide essential support for Scholars served by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. ODI welcomes gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations, and uses those critical resources to assist our student body in a myriad of ways. Giving towards scholarships, student programming, global education opportunities, and enhancing our modern learning environment are some of the chief ways that supporters provide ODI Scholars with the opportunities they need to be successful in today's ever-changing, global environment.

Please reach out to me to discuss a potential gift or to simply share your Buckeye story.

We look forward to working with you to make a difference in ODI.

Jera Oliver
Senior Director of Development for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion or 614-688-2488

Giving Priorities and Featured Funds

Overarching Goal: Sustain and grow pre-collegiate outreach and programming; fund scholarships to help ensure that students graduate debt-free; and support student participation in early arrival programs, global education, research, service, and internships

Current priorities:

  • Completion scholarships for ODI Scholars within 3 semesters of graduation
  • Emergency funds to assist with unexpected expenses for students
  • The campaign to endow the Lawrence (Larry) Williamson, Jr. Scholarship

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Overarching Goal: Help create the conditions for student success through supporting high-impact evidence-based programs led by student affairs professionals who are content experts in inclusive excellence.

Current priorities:

  • Education abroad experiences to support the development of global cultural awareness
  • ACCESS Collaborative for parenting students and their families
  • James L. Moore III Scholars Program, offering guidance to a community for transfer students from Columbus State Community College
  • Latine Student Success Center, which works to cultivate Latine-centered communities for academic, social, and professional support”

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Overarching Goal: A reimagined and refreshed Hale Hall will stand as a powerful symbol of The Ohio State University's commitment to DEI for generations to come and serve as a powerful recruiting tool for new faculty, students, and staff and the premier training ground for diverse talent. With new multi-purpose classrooms and a new social space for students on the garden level, the updated space would be beacon of learning and community-building. Flexible spaces for job and internships interviews as well as career skills development will give students a leg up on career readiness and jobs in the corporate world at the expanded Hale Hall. Dynamic gallery space will give a home to hundreds of museum-quality African American Art pieces collected by the Hale Black Cultural Center.

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Overarching Goal: Promote inclusive excellence among faculty, staff, and students at Ohio State and ensure that the university continues to be a premier destination for the brightest minds from all segments of society to tackle the world's most difficult challenges.

Current priorities:

  • Facilitate world class conferences and community-engaged experiences that uplift the university's shared values
  • Incentivize faculty to create and lead learning experiences for students that center inclusive excellence

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Explore ways to transform your time, talent, and treasure into a distinctive impact on your areas of passion at Ohio State by having a conversation with Jera Oliver, Senior Director of Development:

Impact Stories

Answering MLK’s call to action, Jermain Pettis launches scholarship fund

Jermain L. Pettis ’04 created The Jermain L. Pettis Scholarship Fund at The Ohio State University to benefit ODI Scholars.

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American Family Insurance and The Ohio State University partner to empower success across the lifetime

American Family Insurance’s gift will help to support ODI's ACCESS Collaborative Program.

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ODI Homecoming honors longstanding first-gen program

ODI alumni, friends, and supporters got together for Homecoming 2023 for good food, great company, and rocking music.

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Ways to Give

Use Ohio State's secure online giving site to quickly and easily make a gift.

Prefer to send a check? Please mail a completed giving form (see link below) and check (if applicable) to:

The Ohio State University Foundation
PO Box 710811
Columbus, OH 43271-0811

Please call 614-292-2141 to give by phone.
Please have your credit, debit, or electronic funds transfer information ready.

Other Types of Gifts

Below are additional ways that you can support the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Scholars we serve.

  • Pledges
  • Matching Gifts
  • Endowments
  • Estate and Gift Planning
  • Gifts in Memoriam/Gifts in Honor of
  • Gifts in Kind
  • Donor Advised Funds
  • Securities

Learn more about how you can support ODI


Jera Oliver
Senior Director of Development
Office of Diversity and Inclusion or 614-688-2488