Ripe for Change: Conversations on Race in America

Ripe for change: Conversations on Race in America with colorful faces in profile
A four-part webinar series presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and The Ohio State University Alumni Association in partnership with Ohio State Alumni Magazine.

While a new generation marches forward for greater justice and equality, The Ohio State University is tackling systemic racism in its own backyard. On the heels of an Ohio State Alumni Magazine fall issue package on the topic, a new four-part webinar series is being launched—Ripe for Change: Conversations on Race in America.

Featuring a diverse group of thought leaders from across the university and the broader community who served as sources in the stories, the virtual roundtable begins October 20th with a dialogue with Ohio State's new president, Kristina M. Johnson. President Johnson will be joined by the co-chairs of the university Task Force on Racism and Racial Inequities—Vice Provost James L. Moore III, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Dean Tom Gregoire, College of Social Work—for a frank discussion about how the university can purposely bend the arc toward greater racial justice.

Moderated by alumni association President and CEO Molly Ranz Calhoun, the kickoff event is a part of new collaborative webinar discussion series created by The Ohio State University Alumni Association and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with Ohio State Alumni Magazine.

PART 1: The Path Forward

Tuesday, October 20 | 6 - 7:00 p.m. EST

PANELISTS
Kristina Johnson, PhD,
President of The Ohio State University
James L. Moore III, PhD, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Thomas Gregoire, PhD, Dean of the College of Social Work

MODERATOR
Molly Ranz Calhoun, President and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Panelists

Kristina Johnson, PhD h

President of The Ohio State University

Dr. Kristina M. Johnson is the 16th president of The Ohio State University. An engineer, inventor and entrepreneur, Dr. Johnson brings with her to the Buckeye State more than 30 years of experience and leadership in the academic, business and public policy sectors. Most recently, she was chancellor of the State University System of New York, which includes 64 public colleges and universities, four academic health centers, five hospitals and a U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory. Prior to this, she founded and led several successful science and technology companies, served as under secretary of energy at the U.S. Department of Energy and held numerous leadership and academic roles at universities across the nation. Throughout her career in higher education, she has consistently worked to advance student success, build partnerships with industries and communities, and create inclusive opportunities for those traditionally underrepresented among the ranks of university students, faculty and staff.

James L. Moore III, PhD h

Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. James L. Moore III is the vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer at The Ohio State University and the first executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. He is also the inaugural EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology. Dr. Moore is internationally-recognized for his work on African American males. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, he was cited by Education Week as one of the 200 most influential scholars and researchers in the United States. Dr. Moore has co-edited five books and has published over 140 publications; obtained over $25 million in grants, contracts, and gifts; and given over 200 scholarly presentations and lectures throughout the United States and other parts of the world.

Thomas Gregoire, PhD h

Dean of the College of Social Work

Tom Gregoire is dean of The Ohio State University College of Social Work. He supports a group of faculty, staff and students who share a commitment to community engagement, advocacy and rigorous scholarship focused on community impact. During his 11 years as dean, the college has established a substantial footprint as a collaborative community partner, change agent and primary source of evidence-based interventions. Reflecting its excellence, the college has been ranked sixth among public universities and 13th overall by U.S. News & World Report, the highest rankings in the college's history.

Moderator

Molly Ranz Calhoun h

President and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Molly Ranz Calhoun serves her alma mater as senior vice president of alumni relations and president and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc. After starting at Ohio State as a student employee over 30 years ago, Molly has served in a variety of leadership roles in the Office of Student Life, including senior associate vice president and interim senior vice president. Throughout her career, Molly has worked closely with students, staff, law enforcement officials and alumni volunteers, many of whom participate in move-in and other student-focused events each year. She also launched the development of the Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program and was a champion of Ohio State's co-curricular esports programming, including the construction of a 90-player esports arena. Molly has received the Distinguished Staff Award, the university's highest honor for employees, and was honored as a Glass Breaker by the President and Provost's Council on Women.

Upcoming Webinar Dates

Wednesday, October 28 | 6 - 7:00 p.m. EST
Home is the Key: Addressing Community Disparities

PANELISTS
Shayla Favor, Columbus City Council Member

Donna Ford, PhD, EHE Distinguished Professor, The Ohio State University Department of Educational Studies

Rachel Kleit, PhD, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs in the College of Engineering and Professor of City and Regional Planning in the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University

Morgan McDonald, Art Education major, The Ohio State University

MODERATOR
James L. Moore III, PhD, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Thursday, November 12 | 6 - 7:00 p.m. EST
From Conversations to Action

PANELISTS

Nwando Olayiwola, MD, Chair and Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Andreá Williams, PhD, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University Department of English

Eyako Heh, Political Science major, The Ohio State University

MODERATOR

Molly Ranz Calhoun, President and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Thursday, November 19 | 6 - 7:00 p.m. EST
An Anti-Racist Future: "The Fierce Urgency of Now"

PANELISTS

Trevon Logan, PhD, Hazel C. Youngberg Distinguished Professor of Economics at The Ohio State University

Nikki Baszynski, Esq., Adjunct professor in the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and legal counsel at The Justice Collaborative

Hasan Jeffries, PhD, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University Department of History

MODERATOR

James L. Moore III, PhD, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Need accommodations?

If you have a disability and require accommodations to fully participate in this activity, please send an email to Kimberly Lowe McCalla at mccalla.27@osu.edu. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs. Requests made 10 days prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

This event will be live captioned.