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 4: An Anti-Racist Future: "The Fierce Urgency of Now"

Thursday, November 19 | 6 - 7:00 p.m. EST

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

Jacquelyn C.A. Meshelemiah, PhD,
Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion


Trevon D. Logan, PhD h

Professor of Economics and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Trevon D. Logan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He went on to receive two master's degrees demography and economics and his doctoral degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Logan is an internationally recognized scholar in economic demography, economic history and applied microeconomics. His current research focuses on historical health patterns, racial discrimination, political economy, mortality, morbidity, and racial disparities in health. His award-winning research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the Economist, NBC, Bloomberg, CNN, and other major media outlets.

Nikki Trautman Baszynski, JD h

Senior Advisor at The Justice Collaborative

Nikki Trautman Baszynski is a senior advisor at The Justice Collaborative and a former public defender and teacher. She graduated from the Moritz College of Law in 2013 and now serves as an adjunct professor there.

Hasan Kwame Jeffries, PhD h

Associate Professor of History

Hasan Kwame Jeffries is associate professor of History at The Ohio State University where he has been teaching courses on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement for the last eighteen years. He is the author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt. Most recently he edited Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement, a book of essays by leading civil rights scholars on how to teach the Civil Rights Movement. He also wrote and narrated the 10-episode Audible Original series Great Figures of the Civil Rights Movement, which was released in February 2020. Jeffries earned a BA in history from Morehouse College in 1994 and a PhD in American history with a specialization in African American history from Duke University in 2002.


Jacquelyn C.A. Meshelemiah, PhD h

Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

Jacquelyn C.A. Meshelemiah is the Associate Vice Provost (AVP) for Diversity and Inclusion, Director of Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color, and an Associate Professor in the College of Social Work. As the AVP for Diversity and Inclusion, she is co-responsible for an enterprise that serves the entire university. Specific to her portfolio, she provides oversight to Administration & Special Programs; the Young Scholars Program (nine cities precollegiate/one city collegiate); the Frank Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center; Scholarship Services; TRIO Upward Bound – Columbus; and Ohio State ATI Upward Bound. Dr. Meshelemiah is also a member of several university committees and workgroups. As co-chair for the Research and Creative Expression Work Group on Faculty Diversity out of the Office of Research, her workgroup is charged to 1) incentivize efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in research and creative expression and 2) ensure that women and underrepresented faculty are provided support at each stage of the career cycle.

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This event will be live captioned.