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-arrow2022-2024 JEDI Council Members

Annie Abell

Annie Abell

Clinical Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Lisa Barclay

Lisa Barclay

Assistant Dean and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Mike Bond

Mike Bond

Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Raymond Brooks

Raymond Brooks

Laboratory Supervisor, Engineering Education

Benjamin Flowers

Benjamin Flowers

Professor, Architecture/Associate Director, Knowlton School

Daniel Gingerich

Daniel B. Gingerich

Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental & Geodetic Engineering; Integrated Systems Engineering

Tyler Grassman

Tyler Grassman

Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering

Tiffany McGough

Tiffany McGough

Chair Assistant and PR Coordinator, Computer Science and Engineering

Katrina Norris

Katrina Norris

Senior Graphic Designer, Marketing and Communications

Alexis Ortiz-Rosario

Alexis Ortiz-Rosario

Associate Professor of Practice, Biomedical Engineering

Kevin Passino

Kevin Passino

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jen Robb

Jen Robb

Director, Undergraduate Recruitment and Inclusive Excellence Initiatives

Ashley Strong

Ashley Strong

Senior Career Advisor, Liaison for Inclusion & Belonging

Cathy Honghui Xia

Cathy Honghui Xia

Professor, Integrated Systems Engineering/Computer Science & Engineering

Jessica Winter

Jessica Winter

Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering/Biomedical Engineering