Action for Today, Plan for Tomorrow
The need for direct, active and honest attention to equity, inclusivity and diversity is as urgent today as ever. Our world faces social, economic and environmental challenges of unprecedented complexity and scale. The College of Forestry is committed to addressing those challenges in the realm of forestry and natural resource management - whether it be through education, research or public engagement. We intend to draw fully and inclusively on the power and force of human imagination, experience and creativity to meet the needs of today’s world.
VisionThe College of Forestry aspires to create an environment in which all members of the community feel safe, respected and free at all times to participate in various undertakings of the college, including learning, teaching, administration and research.
MissionThe College of Forestry will embrace the distinctive qualities of all members of the community. We recognize that equity, inclusion and diversity are foundational values of OSU as an institution and pillars of excellence, enhancing all of the College's missions.
The College of Forestry is launching a new incentive program: Commitment to Change: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Scholarships. This year, the College of Forestry Dean’s Office will sponsor ten scholarships for members of the College of Forestry that cover costs associated with participating in a national or international program that focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion (up to $2,500 per person/event). Funds must be spent within 15 months of receipt. (Undergraduate students may apply for similar support through the Student Services Experiential Learning grants.)
Please visit the DEI Scholarship page for more information, and to apply for the scholarship. Our second round of scholarship funding will be in Winter, with a deadline of November 15, 2021. Awards will be announced within two weeks of the application date. Questions? Please contact Michele Justice, DEI Workgroup Lead, for anything you might need.
Welcome to the Work - Inclusive Teaching Workshop for the College of Forestry
October 29, 2021, 9:00 - 10:30 AM
Please join us for a conversation about inclusive teaching -- Welcome to the Work. At the end of this workshop, we hope you will walk away with: a greater understanding of the how and the why of inclusive teaching; a conversation for you to find your unique place in OSU's effort toward inclusive excellence; and ways to meet the goal of making our classrooms more welcoming and engaging. please e-mail Michele Justice (email@example.com) to register and get pre-workshop materials.
November 3, 2021, 1:00-2:30 PM
This NCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity) session will share two Black, biological sisters' journeys to executive leadership at PWIs and how they strategically lead on their campuses. The wisdom shared in this session will benefit anyone working within higher education leadership who desires to embody authentic, impactful leadership. The speakers will share how leading with soul undergirds their leadership success, offer success strategies for creating inclusive spaces with a sense of belonging, and highlight pitfalls to avoid. We'll watch together in RH107. If you'd prefer to watch online, please contact Madison Dudley (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
Previously recorded from a workshop held June 7, 2021
Recording of Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield & Elder Esther Stutzman
Previously recorded from a workshop held November 9, 2020
Previously recorded forum held on April 20, 2021
Recording of Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop: Practices for Creating a Sense of Belonging in the Learning Environment
Previously recorded from a workshop held on May 10, 2021
These four themes guide our strategic plan:
Build foundational knowledge and provide support to increase awareness of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issues and resources among College of Forestry members.
Create and present an environment that values and promotes the diversity of all College of Forestry members and guests by facilitating their full inclusion into the community.
Enhance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Forestry, primarily through recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff and students.
Make Diversity, Equity and Inclusion an integrated, consistent, meaningful and continual part of the College of Forestry community.
Community Building and Inclusion Taskforce
- Woodam Chung, Chair
- Ann Van Zee
- Paul Oyier
- Meg Krawchuk
- Kerry Menn
- Sean SanRomani
- Beth Thompson
- Eric Jones
Recruitment and Retention Taskforce
- Kevin Bladon, Chair
- Mindy Crandall
- Linnia Hawkins
- Byrne Miyamoto
- Dana Warren
- Chris Wolf
Diversity is the spectrum of differences members of the College of Forestry bring to our community through their variety of backgrounds, experiences and views. Embracing diversity is about moving beyond tolerance to understanding and appreciating each other by respecting and celebrating diversity in each individual and the college as a whole.
Equity is the guarantee of fair treatment and access to opportunities that provide the chance for everyone at the College of Forestry to succeed. Equity seeks to reduce barriers that prevent some groups and individuals from fully participating.
Inclusion is working together to create an open and welcoming environment that respects and affirms the inherent dignity, value and uniqueness of all individuals and groups. Inclusive practices reflect awareness and understanding of the complexity of identity and the diversity in the world.