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Official Reports on Ohio State Diversity Issues

  1. Ohio State's Diversity Action Plan
  2. Affirmative Action Committee Report, Fall 2000
  3. Ohio State's Academic Plan
  4. Council on Diversity's Report 2000-2001

The Ohio State University Diversity Updates

Diversity Update - Autumn 2000
(Prepared By The Office Of University Relations)

I. Faculty/Staff Recruitment

1. Vernon Baisden is the new assistant vice president for public safety. Formerly the director of campus safety at Keene State College in New Hampshire, Baisden earned a degree in law enforcement administration at Wayne County Community College in Detroit, a bachelor's degree in education at the University of Hartford, and a master's degree in criminal justice at the University of Detroit.

2. Donna Browder Evans is the new dean of the College of Education. She formerly was dean of the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University. Evans earned three degrees from Ohio State: a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in counselor education, and a Ph.D. in counselor education and educational administration.

3. Chris Igodan is the new director of the Agricultural Technical Institute and associate dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Formerly an administrator and teacher at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa, Igodan earned his doctoral degree from Ohio State and his master's and bachelor's degrees in agronomy from Northwest Missouri State University.

4. Kenneth Moncayo is the new assistant vice president of operations in the Department of Physical Facilities. Moncayo comes to Ohio State from the U.S. Navy. He holds master's and bachelor's degrees in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.

5. Ilee Rhimes has accepted the position of Chief Information Officer effective November 15, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees. Rhimes currently serves as Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and CIO of City Colleges of Chicago. He holds a bachelor's degree from Governors State University at University Park, IL, and a master's degree from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

II. Student Recruitment/Retention

1. The associate vice president for enrollment services and the vice provost for minority affairs have begun to collect and monitor data on recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of minority students compared with rates for all students. The data will be used to suggest methods for improvement. Approximately $600,000 has been set aside to implement programs in the areas of retention and pre-enrollment during the 2001-02 academic year.

2. The university has committed to the creation of a multicultural center in the Ohio Union and has established a committee to develop the concept for the center's operation.

III. Academic Programs

1. Ohio State has provided seed funding for the creation of an Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in the Americas, an interdisciplinary program sponsored by the colleges of Humanities, Law, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

2. $500,000 in new funding has been authorized for scholarship programs, including funds designed to increase diversity among transfer students.

3. $31,000 in continuing funds has been allocated for a proactive education program to promote understanding and respect for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people.

IV. Leadership

1. A diversity council has been established and Carole Anderson, dean of the College of Nursing, will serve as its first chair. The council will help guide and monitor progress made toward the goals outlined in the Diversity Action Plan, and will develop a timetable for implementation of recommendations in all University plans concerning diversity, including the Diversity Action Plan and those of the Affirmative Action Committee.

2. $102,000 in continuing funds and $83,000 in one-time funds have been set aside for the Office of Human Resources to collect affirmative action data for faculty positions and for training for leaders and supervisors in employment law and sexual harassment.

V. Awareness

1. The new President and Provost's Diversity Lecture Series, targeted to diversity topics, was launched September 26 when Vincent Tinto, Distinguished Professor of Education at Syracuse University, delivered a lecture on "Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition." This series, scheduled for the 2000-01 academic year, will bring 16 nationally recognized experts to campus to address issues of interest to the University community. Frank W. Hale Jr., vice provost emeritus for minority affairs and consultant to the president, has organized the series and secured co-sponsorship of each speaker by one or more University units with special interest in the topic. Speakers will discuss such topics as strategic student recruitment, legal issues, and student retention. More information can be found at

VI. Access

1. $73,000 in continuing funds and $23,000 in one-time funds have been committed through Student Affairs and University Libraries to promote access for people with disabilities.

The Ohio State University Diversity Updates

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