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 inclusion (JEDI) will begin July 1, 2022. A full term of service is two years.
The Mission of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council 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 JEDI council will be limited to no more than 16 members.
Leveraging the Inclusive Excellence framework the JEDI 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 action plans and use of metrics to evaluate JEDI effort level and progress.
- 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.
Applications for the 2022-2024 JEDI Council will be accepted until April 29. JEDI Council Application Link.
We want to express our sincere appreciation to the 2020 -2021 Inclusive Excellence Council members for their unwavering service and contributions.