JEDI Council

The Ohio State University College of Engineering’s vision is to be the leader in the discovery, innovation, and education in engineering and architecture among public land grant universities, recognizing that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components of our excellence.  Under the leadership of Dean Ayanna Howard and Assistant Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, Lisa Barclay a new council for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence (JEDI) will begin July 1, 2022.  A full term of service is two years.

The JEDI Mission is to support the Dean and senior leadership in identifying actionable inclusive excellence activities for faculty, staff, and students; monitoring the progress of COE inclusive excellence strategic plans; and recommending promising practices to promote an environment that is just, equitable, welcomes diversity and inclusive for all members of the college community. 

Membership will be comprised of students, staff, and faculty who have shown a strong understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence topics as evidenced by service on diversity-related committees, scholarship or a high level of engagement with student and faculty recruitment and retention initiatives.  The nomination/application process will take place bi-annually each April and final selections will be determined by the Dean of the College of Engineering, Assistant Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, Director of Inclusive Excellence Program, Chief of Staff and DOI student advisory board.  The council will be limited to no more than 16 members. 

Leveraging the Inclusive Excellence framework the council will have three primary focus areas:

  • Accountability (Access and Success/Institutional Infrastructure): collaborate with departmental and unit-level inclusive excellence council/diversity committees to review and assess current COE/KSA and department inclusive excellence/diversity initiatives and track progress on Buckeye Portal goals.
  • Dissemination (Education and Scholarship/Culture, Climate and Community Building): explore and promote formal and informal learning (ex. inclusive pedagogy, workshops, seminars, training, DICE and IE Certificate)  that fosters an inclusive, welcoming environment and engages all members of our community in learning that is meaningful, relevant, and accessible.
  • Student Experience: review and provide feedback on college and department strategic plans to enhance the undergraduate and graduate student experience. 

The application portal for the 2022-2024 JEDI Council is now closed.  

We sincerely appreciate the 2020 -2021 Inclusive Excellence Council members' unwavering service and contributions.   

double-arrow2020-2021 Inclusive Excellence Council Members

Lisa Abrams

Lisa Abrams

Assoc. Chair, Engineering Education

Lisa Barclay

Lisa Barclay

Interim Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Michael Cadwell

Michael Cadwell

Professor, Architecture

Ann Christy

Ann Christy

Asst. Dean of Teaching & Learning

David Cooke

David Cooke

Senior Assoc. Dir., Center for Automotive Research

Joel Johnson

Joel Johnson

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Rachel Kleit

Rachel Kleit

Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs

Janet Meier

Janet Meier

Graduate Research Associate

Heather Miller

Heather Miller

Human Resources Director

Heather Powell

Heather Powell

Assoc. Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

Antonio Ramirez

Antonio Ramirez

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Jen Robb

Jen Robb

Director, Undergraduate Recruitment and Inclusive Excellence Initiatives

Matt Schutte

Matt Schutte

Director of Communications

La'Tonia Stiner-Jones

La'Tonia Stiner-Jones

Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs

Chris Stewart

Christopher Stewart

Assoc. Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

Amy Thaci

Amy Thaci

Director, Engineering Career Services

Sarah Vanadia

Sarah Vanadia

Fiscal Officer, Engineering Research Operations

Leigh Zircher

Leigh Zircher

Finance Manager, Engineering Research Operations