Shared Values

In alignment with OSU's shared values, we in the School of Earth Sciences aim to reinforce our ethical culture and live these shared values to advance our core work of teaching, learning, research and service through reflection, evaluation and meaningful action.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is one of the oldest and most prominent offices of its kind in the nation. Founded in 1970, ODI supports the recruitment, retention and success of students, faculty and staff who enhance the diversity of The Ohio State University. ODI oversees the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, the Morrill Scholarship Program, the nine-city Young Scholars Program, ACCESS Collaborative, as well as being home to a wide-range of retention, mentoring, scholarship, and access programs, including Latine Student Success, the James L. Moore III Scholars, and the Regional Campus Transitioners. ODI supports the following centers:

  • Hale Black Cultural Center
  • Bell National Resource Center 
  • The Women’s Place

Center for Belonging and Social Change

The Center for Belonging and Social Change works with students, campus partners and community stakeholders to cultivate an inclusive, empowering and equity-minded campus community. We do this through community building and support, education and empowerment, outreach and social change, with an emphasis on programming for underrepresented communities. CBSC is an excellent place to just check in with someone via a one-on-one conversation when you're trying to figure things out, going through a rough time or just want to talk. To schedule a YES! (Your Empowerment and Success) appointment, you can email any staff. No registration or application is necessary.

  • Community Groups
  • Leadership Groups
  • Student Internships and Employment

Student Life Disability Services

Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) works to create an accessible education experience for students at The Ohio State University. Student services include (link 

  • Exam Accommodations
  • Notetaking Support
  • Attendance and Deadline Modifications
  • Assistive Technology
  • Accessible Media
  • Sign Language Interpreting / Transcribing
  • Consultation and Advocacy
  • Housing/Dining Accommodations
  • Disability Parking/Adaptive Transportation

Reading List

OSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion Reading List

Diversity and inclusion in science reading list:

  1. Ten Simple Rules for Building an Anti-Racist Lab – Bala Chaudhary and Asmeret Berhe
  2. We Are Never Just Scientists
  3. How to Actually Promote Diversity in STEM in The Atlantic 
  4. Silence is Never Neutral. Neither is Science. In Scientific American
  5. Black Black Women Scientists under White Empiricism: the Racialization of Epistemology in Physics 
  6. ACLU Student’s Rights here.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion event calendar

Center for Belonging and Social Change event calendar


The following principles are designed to ensure that the work environment in the OSU School of Earth Sciences meets the highest standard of professionalism and is one in which all members (faculty, staff, and students) feel welcome and respected. These principles apply to personnel regardless of location: on campus, at conferences, in the field, etc. Principles adapted from the Princeton Physics Department.

Respect and support department members:

  • Be courteous in your interactions
  • Be respectful of other people’s opinions
  • Respect the professional, physical, and personal boundaries of all members of SES
  • Give members a chance to voice their thoughts (i.e., listen, try not to interrupt)
  • Work to ensure all members have equal access to professional and academic opportunities.
  • Ensure that, when offered, criticism is constructive and aims to create a positive discussion
  • Avoid judging, discriminating, or making unwelcome jokes or disparaging remarks based on stereotypes
  • Support those who report violations of departmental or university policy

Commitment to openness

  • Be receptive to discussing ways to improve the work environment and work relationships.
  • Challenge your own assumptions about people and the sources of those assumptions.
  • Take it upon yourself to establish equity for all persons. Consider the challenges or barriers to success colleagues may face as members of under-represented groups. Here, equity refers to giving people what they need to succeed, even if that differs from individual to individual. This is distinct from equality, which gives all individuals the same treatment regardless of their starting point.

Take initiative

  • Intervene when others are exhibiting conduct unbecoming of a community member.
  • Speak up when colleagues are disrespectful of a group or class of people (even when members of that group are not present).
  • Seek and support opportunities for education and training on diversity, inclusivity, reporting, and bystander intervention techniques, and encourage others to do the same.
  • Acquaint yourself with the university policy set forth in the OSU policy on sexual misconduct, sexual misconduct response and prevention, and the student code of conduct.


Click here for the OFFICE of institutional equity's policies and standards
From the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others have sparked a worldwide focus on racial injustices and inequities that have long plagued our society. As a university dedicated to creating the future, Ohio State is committed to being an agent of change through our words and deeds. Our motto is “Education for Citizenship,” and Buckeyes are united in making a difference.

Ohio State is a comprehensive university, and our response to racial injustice and inequities is similarly wide-ranging, with contributions to knowledge, understanding and action. In addition to steps being taken throughout our 15 colleges, our six campuses and the Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State has university-wide initiatives, events and resources.

The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) coordinates Ohio State’s response to complaints of all protected class harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct affecting students, employees, graduate associates, appointees, volunteers, visitors, suppliers and contractors, and provides information on rights and options for formal investigation.

OIE responds to complaints and oversees the handling of issues involving the following four focus areas:

  • Title IX 
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 
  • Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
  • Youth Activities and Programs

If you or someone you know has been the victim of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct, you can report it here.