Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence

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The College of Public Health is dedicated to fostering a sense of community and belonging for all. We strive to promote diversity and equity – and to be a model of inclusive excellence. Racism, xenophobia, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia and all other forms of hate will not be tolerated. Ohio State’s College of Public Health does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

We are committed to teaching that provides a safe, yet intellectually challenging, space for all identities and political viewpoints, research that improves the health of all populations and public health practice in diverse communities in the interest of improving our shared future.

To our students: Know that the college welcomes your presence in all our teaching, research and service spaces. You are valued here, whatever your political convictions, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, geographic origin, economic background or abilities. The college faculty and staff strive to create an environment that is safe for all, where diversity of opinion and experience are treated as true strengths of our community and our academic enterprise. and our communities.

We celebrate our core values: equity of health care, health outcomes and the pursuit of health; ethics in our scientific and practical endeavors; excellence in research, teaching, and service; and diversity in our community, workforce and culture.

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Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Community of Inclusion


  • Anthony Rodriguez, Senior Marketing Strategist
  • Andrew Wapner, Clinical Associate Professor, Health Services Management and Policy; Director, Center for Public Health Practice


  • Marielle Brinkman, Research Professor, Epidemiology
  • Allie Cohen, Student, BSPH-Public Health Sociology
  • Misti Crane, Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing
  • Sarah Crow, Senior Research Communications Associate
  • Lizzy Ehren, Engagement and Alumni Relations Specialist
  • Ahmad El Hellani, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
  • HB Franchino-Olsen, Faculty Fellow, Health Behavior and Health Promotion
  • Elijah Hendrix, Student, Master of Health Administration
  • Samantha Hicks, Executive Assistant to the Dean
  • Darryl Hood, Dean's Fellow for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence; Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Tinu Ijewemen, Student, Master of Public Health-Epidemiology
  • Fernanda Schumacher, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
  • Dawnne Wise, MPH-PEP Student and Program Manager
  • Abigail Norris-Turner, Associate Dean of Faculty and Inclusive Excellence; Professor, Epidemiology

  • Karla Zadnik, Interim Dean, College of Public Health; Dean, College of Optometry
  • Kellie Archer, Chair and Professor, Biostatistics
  • Jennifer Beard, Assistant Dean, Strategic Initiatives
  • Mike Bisesi, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Academic Administration, Interim Chair and Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Taylor King Boyles, Director, Development
  • Misti Crane, Director, Strategic Marketing and Communications
  • Aram Dobalian, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor and Division Chair, Health Services Management and Policy
  • Kynthia Droesch, Director, Office of Academic Programs and Student Services
  • Amy Ferketich, Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Epidemiology
  • Mindy Freed, Executive Assistant to the Dean
  • Maria Gallo, Associate Dean of Research and Professor, Epidemiology
  • Andrea Garringer, Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration
  • Gail Kaye, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Professor, Health Behavior and Health Promotion
  • Liz Klein, Chair and Professor, Health Behavior and Health Promotion
  • Teresa Long, Special Advisor - Community Engagement and Partnership
  • Eric Seiber, Professor and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Evaluation Studies
  • Lisa Van Dyke, Resource Planning Analyst
  • Andy Wapner, Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Center for Public Health Practice

  • Call 911
  • Ohio State Department of Public Safety’s non-emergency line: 614-292-2121
  • StopAAPIHate.org
    This center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout the United States.

  • The University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has an in-house mental health counselor, Peter Oduwole (oduwole.3@osu.edu). Peter is available to take appointments. You may contact Counseling and Consultation Services at any time by calling (614) 292-5766 to schedule. If calling after hours, please press 2 to be connected to a counselor. Daily consultations are also available through the Let’s Talk program Monday through Friday.
  • Student Legal Services provides confidential legal advice and representation for a wide range of legal issues that Ohio State students typically encounter and may need at this time.
  • If you witness or experience discrimination or any other inappropriate behavior during your academic experience, including but not limited to harassment, discrimination or sexual misconduct, please report it to the university's Office of Institutional Equity. You can contact them by phone at 614-247-5838 or email at equity@osu.edu.

  • You may access counseling services through the university’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which is available to support all employees with a host of resources. EAP is available 24 hours a day. Call 1-800-678-6265 to talk to a live person or type in the user name "buckeyes" to view their expanded services.
  • If you witness or experience discrimination or any other inappropriate behavior at work, please contact Steven Mentz, HR Consultant, mentz.3@osu.edu

Students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to report any instances of harassment, discrimination or sexual misconduct to the university's Office of Institutional Equity. You may contact them by phone at (614) 247-5838, email at equity@osu.edu or visit them online.

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