Read, Watch, Listen, Act, Teach

Racial Equity

Read, Watch, Listen, Act, Teach, Dialogue

We believe it is important to let our Buckeye community know we stand in solidarity against racism and hate of any kind.

Our university is here to help foster learning, support active dialogue, and continue to build a safe, equitable community for all Buckeyes. Part of building this community is to engage in learning about privilege, racism, and how to create social change and then turning that learning into action. Below you will find resources to help you read, watch, listen, act, and teach for racial justice.


As always, if you are in distress, please know we are here to help. Students may contact CCS at any time by calling 614-292-5766 or visiting If calling after hours, press 2 to be connected to a counselor.

For faculty and staff who need psychological and emotional support, you can schedule an appointment for in person, video, and/or telephone counseling by contacting one of Ohio State Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselors via telephone (800-678-62650) and/or e-mail (

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:

An anonymous concern may also be reported 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.

Non-Discrimination Notice

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 is wrong.

  • 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.

(Adapted from the Movement for Black Lives)

  1. Educate yourself on the history of the birth and development of this nation and current racial inequity issues.

  2. Host conversations and reading groups with friends, family members, and colleagues about race and racism; explain why this is important and discuss the role of allies in dismantling and correcting systemic injustice.

  3. Speak up and out, privately and publicly, about racial inequity and injustice.

  4. Seek to understand before being understood. Do the work of educating yourself; listen to people of color; ask how you can be supportive; follow-through.

  5. Use your privilege as a platform to make space for those who do not have the opportunity to be heard.