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's incentive program, Commitment to Change: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Scholarships, is currently under redevelopment. Previously, the College of Forestry Dean’s Office sponsored scholarships for members of the College of Forestry to 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). (Undergraduate students may apply for similar support through the Student Services Experiential Learning grants.)
Sense of Belonging in Field Courses: What, Why, When, and How?
The first of a four-part Belonging in the Field discussion series starts on November 2nd, 2022 at 11AM pacific (2pm eastern). The goal for the series is to promote awareness and understanding about topics related to belonging and the practices that promote its development in undergraduate field education through discussion and reflection. In classroom settings, belonging plays an important role in students’ mental health and well-being, academic achievement and motivation, institution-level retention, and is pivotal for supporting students underrepresented in STEM disciplines. We still have much to learn about the development of sense of belonging in field settings.
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
- Meg Krawchuk, Chair
- Ann Van Zee
- Paul Oyier
- Kerry Menn
- Sean SanRomani
- Beth Thompson
- Eric Jones
- Mindy Crandall, Chair
- Madison Dudley
- Lara Jacobs
- Dan Stark
- Kaci Radcliffe
- Christine Buhl
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.