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.

 

Vision

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.

Mission

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

DEI Dean's Forum

This happened on Friday, May 27, 2022
View the slides (pdf)

Dean DeLuca discussed 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:

BUILDING AWARENESS

Build foundational knowledge and provide support to increase awareness of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issues and resources among College of Forestry members.

WELCOMING CLIMATE

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.

ENHANCING DEI

Enhance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Forestry, primarily through recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff and students.

INSTITUTIONAL LONGEVITY

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