Kathy Lechman is the Assistant Dean and Administrative Director, Equity and Inclusion for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Kathy Lechman is the Assistant Dean and Administrative Director, Equity and Inclusion for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in 2015 from the College of Education and Human Ecology where her dissertation focused on examining the influence of student perception of instructor cultural intelligence, sense of belonging and intent to persist. She has a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution from the McGregor School of Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the College of Wooster. Kathy has been with OSU for 16 years with prior experience at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, the Ohio Department of Youth Services, and the Cleveland Municipal Schools. Throughout her career, she has focused on mediation, conflict resolution, personnel development, career development, mentoring, and creating and implementing strategies to address workforce diversity.
During her time in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, she developed and created numerous professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. She was instrumental in the implementation of the Diversity Leadership Symposium that brought together multiple units across campus to provide quality professional development to faculty, staff, and students. Kathy is an experienced mediator, facilitator and trainer. In her role as Director of Equity and Inclusion, she provides counsel to faculty and staff, oversees professional development related to diversity, equity, and inclusion while working closely with the Senior Associate Dean and the Associate Dean of Academics.
The most recent addition is Dr. Leo Taylor. Leo joined the office in September 2018. He is working part-time in the office as a program director and has a 50% appointment as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Entomology.
Leo will be spearheading getting a Cultivating Change chapter started on our campus and providing professional development to faculty, staff, and students on the Columbus and Wooster Campuses. He started mid-September and has already connected to graduate students. He is collaborating with two OSU graduate students to form a peer-led support group for CFAES graduate students struggling with mental health issues. This group will begin meeting in October 2018. Stay tuned for more on events and activities led by Dr. Taylor. Please continue reading to learn a little more about Dr. Taylor.
Dr. Leo Taylor is an entomologist whose research interest is the behavioral ecology of insects and spiders. He was born and raised in Muncie, IN and received a B.S. in psychology (’98) and M.S. in biology (‘05) from Ball State University. In 2015 he received his Ph.D. in entomology from Cornell University where he researched native lady beetle decline. After graduating from Cornell Leo taught biology courses at Ithaca College and held the position of Program Coordinator in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. Leo is passionate about equity and inclusion in academia, particularly issues facing women and LGBTQ individuals, people living with HIV and those struggling with the stigma associated with mental illness. His work with the transgender community includes founding and facilitating several peer-led support groups, serving as an advisor to the Cornell administration in their efforts to improve the experience of transgender students, and contributing to the development of the transgender health care program at the Cornell Health Center.