ODI Senior Leadership

Senior Leadership

Interim Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

Yolanda Zepeda works to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the university, supporting collaborations and idea exchange among academic units, faculty, students, and staff. She oversees strategic diversity planning and reporting, and promotes inclusive practices in faculty recruitment and hiring. Yolanda also oversees targeted programs that promote success of students from diverse backgrounds including Latine students, students in STEMM, and parenting students. She directs the campus magazine, ¿Que Pasa, Ohio State?, a publication that highlights Latine scholarship and engagement.

Interim Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

Since joining The Ohio State University in 2006, Dr. Andreá N. Williams has served widely on college and university committees and contributed to initiatives dedicated to diversity, inclusion and women's advancement. She was recognized with the university's Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award in 2016.

Andreá is director of The Women's Place and an associate professor in the Department of English, specializing in African American and nineteenth-century American literature. As a literary historian, Andreá is drawn to questions about the social and material conditions that historically have enabled or inhibited African Americans in producing literature and art. She is the author of Dividing Lines: Class Anxiety and Postbellum Black Fiction (2013). Her current work traces the lives and literature of unmarried African American women who helped to cultivate singleness as a viable long-term lifestyle in the twentieth century. Andreá's research has been awarded grants and fellowships from Rutgers University, the National Humanities Center, and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

Andreá is an alumna of Spelman College, a historically black women's college in Atlanta, and earned her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chief of Staff

Grace Johnson is Chief of Staff in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Her portfolio includes oversight of the Morrill Scholars Program, the JLM Scholars Program, Advancement-Communications and Tutoring Services in addition to unit-wide projects, special assignments and initiatives that advance the mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to joining the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in 2019, Grace served in multiple positions at Ohio State's Office of International Affairs, including director of education abroad.

  • External Relations & Communications

  • Strategic Diversity Planning, Training and Assessment

  • ACCESS Collaborative

  • Latinx Activities

    • Latinx Student Success

  • Que Pasa


  • STEM Initiatives

  • Ohio LSAMP

  • BNRC programming

  • Upward Bound -

    • Upward Bound Columbus

    • Upward Bound Mansfield

    • Upward Bound Wooster

  • Advancement/Development

  • Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color

  • Hale Black Cultural Center

  • Morrill Scholarship Program

  • Young Scholar Program

  • Career Readiness & Special Programs

  • The Women's Place

  • Operations and Shared Services

  • Embedded Counselor

  • Scholarships and Student Academic Support Services

  • JLM Scholars

  • Community Engagement

    • BYMOC

    • Columbus City Schools collaborations

  • JP Morgan Chase

  • International programming and Education Abroad

    • OIA/ODI collaborations

    • USAID Dominican Republic project

Executive Team Members

  • Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost (VP)

  • Assistant to the Assistant & Associate VPs

  • Fiscal Associate (Office of Academic Affairs)

  • Financial Director (Office of Academic Affairs)

  • HR Director (Office of Academic Affairs)

Units with Faculty Fellows

  • Admin/Special Programs


  • JPMorgan Chase Post-Baccalaureate Services

  • The Women's Place