Ohio Diversity Officers Collaboration

Diversity Officers in Higher Education

President’s Welcome

Greetings Ohio Diversity Professionals,

It was indeed an honor and a privilege to assume the Presidency of the Ohio Diversity Officers Collaboration at our July 22 Conference. Hazel Rountree has provided us with determined and passionate leadership as she shepherded an organizational concept into a reality, and we all are indebted. Accordingly, my first act as President was to call for her nomination as President Emeritus of the ODOC organization. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved. We thank Hazel and look forward to her continued role of increasing our partnership members.

Our conference was held on the beautiful campus of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and hosted by Dr. Brian Bridges, Vice Provost for Diversity, Access, and Equity. We sincerely thank him and his staff for the warm reception, comfortable accommodations, and efficient meeting process.

As we move forward, your ODOC leadership team will initiate strategies that will improve our communication and outreach. Effective today, our new ODOC JOBS and BULLETINS e-mail address is active. Please forward all job openings and announcements to: (odocjobsandbulletins@lists.uakron.edu). Each Friday we will forward to all ODOC listserv members an updated document that will list current job openings and announcements.

Other initiatives include updating the ODOC website, providing for online-secured conference and meeting registration with credit card payments, an ODOC Blog, enhanced opportunities for training and development, and a succession planning process.

As a collaborative group, we will continue the expansion and development of ODOC to serve your professional needs and your institution’s continued growth. While we are from different colleges and universities throughout Ohio, we share the same challenges and adhere to the same mission. This is the nature of the roles we play in guiding the work of diversity and inclusion at our respective institutions.

I look forward to working with the entire ODOC membership, sharing ideas, and forging another year of success.

Sincerely,

Lee A. Gill, J.D.

ODOC President

Chief Diversity Officer, University of Akron

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