Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


 

Message from the Interim Assistant Dean and Chief Diversity Officer:

 

Lisa Barclay
Lisa Barclay

Welcome Back new and returning Buckeye Engineers!  The spring and summer of  2020 were impacted by the pandemic, economic downturn and protests across the nation to demand an immediate response to systemic racism and racial injustice.  This will be an autumn semester like no other. This includes new ways of learning, connecting to each other and healing.  In my new interim role my commitment to academic excellence and diversity remain my top priorities. As a member of the COE leadership team I am even better positioned to continue promoting and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College of Engineering.

I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of Minnie McGee, (Retired Assistant Dean 2015) and Donnie Perkins, recently retired Assistant Dean and Chief Diversity Officer (2020), in leading the COE in inclusive excellence during these challenging times. Dr. Martin Luther King said “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."  In the midst of facing long standing challenges and unexpected changes I am grateful for the the dedicated support of a talented DOI staff, who will work beside me to advocate for meaningful change to ensure all programs, activities and services align with our mission and values of excellence. 

In my tenure as interim CDO I intend to work with the senior leadership and department chairs to see us through the critical establishment of anti-bias training for the entire College of Engineering, as mandated by the Dean, review and revision of numerous aspects of our engineering curricula offerings, establish a system of talent acquisition and student recruitment that reflects our commitment to diversity and equity, and secure sustainable financial resources for diversity, outreach and inclusion initiatives.  

Our new website offers an important space for sharing information, learning and support.  We will update the site regularly with upcoming events and resources.  You may also use this site to educate yourself. Use the resources we've provided on the side bar and below to investigate the history of racial injustice in America and discover ways you can personally make a positive contribution to diversity in engineering.

Again, we welcome you back to Buckeye Nation and wish you an excellent, safe and healthy semester.