Task Force on Racism and Racial Disparities

Task Force on Racism and Racial Inequities

    The Ohio State University established the Task Force on Racism and Racial Inequities to provide tangible recommendations to address these issues on our campuses and in our community. The task force has been charged with convening discussions and proposing action steps that will help Ohio State be a more equitable, healthy, supportive, and nurturing university community.

    The 17-member task force includes representation by students, faculty, staff and senior leaders, and it is committed to broad engagement across the university community. The co-chairs are James L. Moore III, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, and Tom Gregoire, dean of the College of Social Work.

    Charge

    1. Host inclusive, candid conversations that actively engage our community on the topic of racism and racial inequities at our university, in our state and in our nation.
    2. Identify institutional processes, policies, practices, programs and positions that contribute to inequities and differential outcomes for specific racial groups at our university.
    3. Identify current practices that contribute to eliminating racism and racial inequities at Ohio State.
    4. Propose serious, achievable action steps that will advance principles of and promote an equitable, healthy, supportive and nurturing university community.
    5. Be guided by an intention of working in a manner that transcends prior approaches to responding to racism and racial inequities, with a deep commitment to action.

    Membership

    Click on the name of any member below to learn more.

    Co-Chairs

    Members

    • Susan Basso, Senior Vice President Talent, Culture and Human Resources
    • Melissa Beard Jacob, Intercultural Specialist for American Indian/Indigenous Student Initiatives, Office of Student Life
    • Joyce Chen, Associate Professor, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Chair Elect of the President and Provost's Council on Women
    • Liv Gjestvang, Associate Vice President for Learning Technology, Office of Distance Education and eLearning
    • Autumn Glover, Senior Director, Civic and Community Engagement (Wexner Medical Center) / President, PACT
    • Fareedah Haroun, Student, College of Optometry
    • Russell Hassan, Associate Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
    • J. Marcela Hernandez, Administrative Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
    • Sorabh Khandelwal, The Samuel J. Kiehl III, MD, Professor in Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine
    • Raven Lynch, Doctoral student, College of Social Work
    • Bishun Pandey, Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences; Associate Dean of Marion Campus
    • Elizabeth Patterson, History student; College of Arts and Sciences
    • Stephanie Sanders, Associate Vice President of Strategic Enrollment Planning, Office of Student Academic Success
    • Emily Schriver, Senior Associate General Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs
    • Andreá N. Williams, Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences; Interim Director of The Women's Place

    Coordinator

    • Sara Childers, Director of Strategic Diversity Planning, Training, and Assessment for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

    Co-Chair Details

    James L. Moore III 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. Dr. Moore is also the first executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and the inaugural Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor of Urban Education. From 2015 to 2017, he served as a program director for Broadening Participation in Engineering in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia, and, from 2011 to 2015, he was an associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University.

    An internationally-recognized researcher and Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at Ohio State, Dr. Moore's research focuses on school counseling, gifted education, urban education, higher education, multicultural education and counseling, and STEM education. He is also renowned for his work on African American males, and throughout his career, he has received numerous prestigious awards, honors, and distinctions.

    Tom Gregoire 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.

    Member Details

    Susan Basso h

    Senior Vice President Talent, Culture and Human Resources

    As Ohio State's chief human resources officer, Susan Basso provides leadership across all HR organizations at the university to enhance overall culture and foster strategic collaborations that drive organizational effectiveness in support of the university's mission and vision. She has more than 25 years of leadership experience in human resources. Prior to joining Ohio State in 2017, Susan served as the vice president and chief human resources officer at the Pennsylvania State University since 2010.

    Melissa Beard Jacob h

    Intercultural Specialist for American Indian/Indigenous Student Initiatives, Office of Student Life

    Melissa Beard Jacob (she, her, hers) is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Her traditional name in Anishinaabemowin is Awunkoquay, which translates into Woman in the Fog and she is eagle clan. She received her PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University and currently serves as an Intercultural Specialist for Native American/Indigenous Student Initiatives through the Student Life Multicultural Center. Additionally, Melissa is a STEP Faculty Mentor and Adjunct Instructor in Educational Studies: Higher Education and Student Affairs. Melissa served as the Indigenous Advisor for the 2017 and 2018 ACPA—College Student Educators International Conventions.

    Joyce Chen h

    Associate Professor, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Chair Elect of the President and Provost's Council on Women

    Joyce is a development and labor economist with research interests in migration, household bargaining and human capital. Her research focuses on the complex relationships between migration, climate change, economic development, and the intra-household allocation of resources.

    Liv Gjestvang h

    Associate Vice President for Learning Technology, Office of Distance Education and eLearning

    Liv's work at Ohio State is centered around student access and success, with teams leading enterprise learning tools, classroom technology, and Digital Flagship, which provides free technology, coding curriculum, and the Ohio State Wellness and Discover apps, as well as the Affordable Learning Exchange, saving students $16 million in course content. Liv has a long history of equity and social justice work. She worked with a PBS affiliate in New York to lead youth media and community engagement programs, and taught young filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival. In Columbus, she created an award-winning documentary in partnership with Kaleidoscope and the Wexner Center for the Arts, with funding from the Ohio Arts Council, then toured internationally with nine LGBTQ youth to support anti-bullying programs in K-12 schools. She was founding director of the Columbus Jewish Film Festival, an event focused on engaging with the Columbus community around social issues and inclusion. Liv has written and presented about community media, social justice, college affordability, and transformative leadership nationally, and her work has been cited in academic journals and books including "Studies in Art Education" and "Interrupting Hate: Homophobia in Schools and What Literacy Can Do About It."

    Autumn Glover h

    Senior Director, Civic and Community Engagement (Wexner Medical Center) / President, PACT

    Autumn serves in a dual role, representing both the University and Wexner Medical Center to local government officials and staff focused on economic development and community development projects. She provides leadership for the medical center's community relations involving East Hospital and Outpatient Care East. She is a founding staff member of PACT, currently serving as President of the nearly ten year old nonprofit focused on the disruption of intergenerational poverty and the creation of a mixed-income community through strategic program and project investments, with an emphasis on housing, education, economic impact and health. She teaches in Ohio State's John Glenn College of Public Affairs and serves the Columbus community as a board member and volunteer through a number of organizations.

    Fareedah Haroun h

    Doctoral Student, College of Optometry

    Fareedah is a student senator from the College of Optometry. This school year, she will serve as the Diversity & Inclusion Chair For the Inter-Professional Council, with an additional appointment to the University Senate Diversity Committee. In addition, she is actively working to address healthcare disparities through her involvement in various outreach organizations.

    Russell Hassan h

    Associate Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

    Russell's research focuses on how leadership practices and diversity climate affect public sector employees' work attitudes and behavior. He currently serves as the chair of the Senate Diversity Committee and the Division Chair of the Academy of Management Public and Nonprofit Division.

    J. Marcela Hernandez h

    Administrative Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

    A molecular biologist and biochemist by training, Marcela designs and implements programs to enhance retention and support of postdoctoral scholars, including those from underrepresented backgrounds. She became a scientist thanks to a PhD mentor who inspired and trained her. Consequently, she is passionate about mentoring and is working to help the next generation of STEM professionals achieve rewarding careers.

    Sorabh Khandelwal h

    The Samuel J. Kiehl III, MD, Professor in Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine

    Sorabh Khandelwal is the Samuel J Kiehl III, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine and director of the Ohio State Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He has been on faculty since 1998 and in that time has served in numerous leadership positions in the College of Medicine, including serving as assistant dean of clinical sciences and director of the fourth year required Emergency Medicine Clerkship. He has won numerous local and national teaching awards, including the ACEP National Faculty Teaching Award and the Ohio State College of Medicine Distinguished Educator Award, and was recently named a Master Teacher at Ohio State. He is a proud member of Buckeye Nation, having completed his undergraduate and medical school studies at Ohio State.

    Raven Lynch h

    Doctoral student, College of Social Work

    Raven is originally from Chillicothe, Ohio, and is a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University, with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2014 and a Master's in Social Work in 2017. She is now a third-year PhD student in the College of Social Work, with research interests focused on multiracial adolescents, racial identity development, and school-based identity development programs. Raven serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the College of Social Work and a graduate administrative associate in the College of Engineering's Office of Diversity, Outreach and Inclusion. She also serves as the Treasurer for the Council of Graduate Students and as the Student Representative on the College of Social Work's Diversity Working Group.

    Bishun Pandey h

    Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences; Associate Dean of Marion Campus

    Bishun's research focuses on applied mathematics and mechanics, aeronautics and astronautics, applied mathematics and physics and engineering science.

    Elizabeth Patterson h

    History student; College of Arts and Sciences

    Elizabeth is a rising third year from Los Angeles. She is a recipient of the Morrill Distinction Scholarship, a member of the 2022 cohort of Buckeye Leadership Fellows, and the vice chair of policy for the Undergraduate Black Caucus of the Undergraduate Student Government.

    Stephanie Sanders h

    Associate Vice President of Strategic Enrollment Planning, Office of Student Academic Success

    Stephanie oversees Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate and Professional Admissions, Student Financial Aid, Buckeye Link, Imaging & Admissions Systems and Analysis and Reporting. She integrates strategic enrollment planning and develops goals to shape the academic profile of our student body. She works with all Ohio State campuses and constituencies to champion the recruitment, enrollment, transition, retention and graduation of academically prepared students, promoting access, inclusion, success and excellence. Stephanie also received her BSHE and MBA from Ohio State.

    Emily Schriver h

    Senior Associate General Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs

    Emily graduated from Ohio State in 2005 and then attended law school at Northwestern University. Before coming back to Columbus, she practiced law at Hogan Lovells, US LLP in Washington, D.C., where she worked on matters related to federal research and government contracts. Emily also served as law clerk from 2008 to 2010 to the Hon. Richard C. Tallman, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Seattle.

    Andreá N. Williams h

    Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences; Interim Director of The Women's Place

    Since joining The Ohio State University in 2006, 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 an associate professor in the Department of English, specializing in African American and nineteenth-century American literature. She is an alumna of Spelman College and earned her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Coordinator

    Sara Childers h

    Director of Strategic Diversity Planning, Training, and Assessment, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

    Sara Childers is the Director of Strategic Diversity Planning, Training, and Assessment for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to stepping into this position, she was the assistant director for The Women's Place at Ohio State. After completing her doctorate in 2010, she became a faculty member at the University of Alabama before returning to Ohio to teach. She has taught qualitative research for over 10 years. Her research has focused the relations between race and educational policy, access, and opportunity for students in k-12 schools.

    Contact the Task Force on Racism and Racial Inequities

    Sara Childers
    Director of Strategic Diversity Planning, Training, and Assessment for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

    antiracismtaskforce@osu.edu