Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
- Dr. James L. Moore III
Since May 2018, Dr. James L. Moore III has served in the dual role as vice provost for diversity and inclusion and as the university's chief diversity officer.
In his joint role, Dr. Moore serves as the primary thought leader in diversity and inclusion matters as related to staff, students and the broader university community. Dr. Moore's role also includes developing and implementing the strategic diversity vision for the university as well as fostering an environment to attract a diverse team of people committed to creating a culture of inclusive excellence.
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, and from 2011 to 2015, he was an associate provost for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University.
An internationally recognized researcher, 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 and honors.
Associate Vice Provost for Diversity
- Dr. Jacquelyn C.A. Meshelemiah
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.
Dr. Meshelemiah is the author and co-author of numerous publications, presentations, and trainings on social justice, anti-trafficking, and human rights at the university, local, national, and international levels. She is a former Graduate Studies Chair in the College of Social Work, BSSW Program Director, MSW Program Director, President and Provost's Council on Women Chair, Office of Academic Affairs Faculty Fellow, and Office of Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellow. She is also the 2019 recipient of the Influential Scholar Award due to her anti-trafficking body of work. Professional travels have taken her to over half of the United States as well as to Africa, Europe, Asia, and Central America in her capacity as a visiting scholar, presenter, and researcher.
Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
- Yolanda Zepeda
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 Latinx students, students in STEMM, and parenting students. She directs the campus magazine, ¿Que Pasa, Ohio State?, a publication that highlights Latinx scholarship and engagement.
Chief of Staff
- Grace Johnson
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.