Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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.



The 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.


The 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.

Commitment to Change

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.)

Please visit the DEI Scholarship page for more information.  Questions?  Please contact Michele Justice, DEI Workgroup Lead, for anything you might need.

CoF Events

CoF Lunch and Learn: LGBTQIA+ Identity and Intersectionality with Dan Stark
Thursday, May 19, 12–1pm
Community Nook, Second Floor of Peavy Forest Science Center

During this Lunch and Learn we will explore LGBTQIA+ identity and intersectionality through presentation, a short video clip, and discussion. Topics include describing our own identities, defining LGBTQIA+ & intersectionality, and learning about what the gay rights movement learned from the civil rights movement.

CoF Lunch and Learn: Ungrading – Discussion of how it may help you and your class. A conversation with Regan Gurung, Ph.D.
Monday, May 23, 12–1pm
107 Richardson Hall and via Zoom
Register for the zoom session

Have you heard of ungrading? Curious about why the practice was developed, what it might mean for equity and inclusion, and what you might be able to incorporate in your class? Come join us as the CoF DEI Pedagogy and Programming Task Forces host Dr. Regan Gurung, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, for a conversation on the topic.

DEI Dean's Forum

Friday, May 27
9:00 – 10:30 am
Richardson 107

Dean DeLuca will lead discussion on the gains made this year in advancing the College’s DEI Strategic Plan and our intentions for the future. The DEI Taskforces will present updates on: Curriculum and Pedagogy (led by Ashley D’Antonio), Programming (led by Mindy Crandall), and Community Building and Inclusion (led by Meg Krawchuk/Ann Van Zee).

DEI Strategic Plan

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.


DEI Workgroup + Taskforces

College of Forestry DEI Community Resources

Definition of Terms