Our Mission

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Diversity is the differences among people that make us unique and shape our experiences. These differences include race, ethnicity, size, age, ability, gender, sex, socio economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity and expression, birth order, spiritual practices, personality, thought process, research interests, personality…. the list is almost endless. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion aims to create and maintain an accessible, inclusive and supportive community for all who learn, work and teach in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and OSU Extension at The Ohio State University. students talking to each other in class

One of the primary missions of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is to serve as a resource to faculty, staff and graduate students within the departments of CFAES that will help them to:

  • Create a college-wide culture that is welcoming and inclusive of all faculty, staff and students and the diversity that we all bring.
  • Learn more about working across differences.
  • Develop skills to help them recognize and address implicit bias.
  • Provide them resources for understanding people from different groups.

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With all that diversity encompasses we are diverse as a college, yet at the same time, there are areas of diversity where we are underrepresented. Another goal of our office is to increase the numbers of underrepresented populations is another goal of our office. However, increasing numbers is meaningless if we have an environment where faculty, staff, and students do not feel like they belong. If the environment is not inclusive CFAES will not be a place where students, faculty, and staff want to be. Our college is on a journey to create the best place to work, learn and to grow.  

Explore our website to learn more about the programs, events, and resources that we maintain to support our mission.