Graduate Research Associate Position Open in ODI

Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)

Graduate Research Associate – Strategic Diversity Planning, Training, and Assessment

The Graduate Research Associate (GRA) for ODI’s Strategic Diversity Planning, Training, and Assessment unit plays a crucial role in helping ODI and Ohio State achieve our vision for inclusive excellence.  We are seeking a GRA for Summer 2022 and Autumn and Spring of 2022/2023.

The GRA supports several areas of the unit and reports to the director of Strategic Diversity Planning, Training, and Assessment.  The GRA will work in the areas of strategic planning, DEI Education, and evaluation, and will have the opportunity to support the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of diversity leaders across Ohio State.  We are looking for someone who is willing to apply their research and administrative abilities to the unique focus of this office.  Candidates that enjoy working with people of different backgrounds and perspectives and have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and encouraged to apply. This is a 50% GRA position (20 hours per week).


Duties and Responsibilities include:


  • The Buckeye Portal for Inclusive Excellence – The GRA extracts and analyzes information submitted to the portal, reviews inclusive excellence plans, and participates in the creation of the annual report.
  • GRA will provide support to the DEI Education Program, TEAM Certificate, and Inclusive Excellence workshops, including tracking participation and supporting the evaluation process.  May also research new content and help with the development of workshops.
  • Presentations and communications – development of presentation materials, grant information, and communications and announcements
  • Additional duties such as event planning, webinars and management of our listservs and email lists, special projects, collaborations, and attending meetings.
  • Managing and monitoring our education in Buckeyelearn.
  • Other duties as needed


Duties Description

Duty Pct Duty Description
40 Buckeye Portal for Inclusive Excellence
30 DEI Education and Teams Certificate
20 Special Research, Grants, Presentations
10 Other duties as assigned


Minimum Education Requirements:

Full time graduate or professional student pursuing a masters or doctoral degree at Ohio State University.


Required: Demonstrated ability with Microsoft products including word, excel, power point.  Ability to conduct lit reviews and identify new DEI research and literature.  Strong administrative skills including project coordination and assistance with registration, tracking, evaluations, and reporting.  Clear, courtesy, and respectful communicator.  Ability to take an organized and efficient approach and maintain focus, along with an interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Desired: Experience with canva or other design platform, Qualtrics, OneDrive, Teams, Buckeye Learn, and zoom.  Experience developing training materials and resources.  Experience with assessment and evaluation.

Stipend: $2364 per month, plus…

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is one of the oldest and most prominent offices of its kind in the nation. Founded in 1970, ODI supports the recruitment, retention and success of students, faculty and staff who enhance the diversity of The Ohio State University.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Submit: Cover letter, resume, and diversity statement

Additional Requirement: Diversity Statement

Diversity and Inclusion Statement Prompt – For All ODI Prospective Applicants

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement:

For nearly 50 years, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) has provided university-wide expertise, guidance, oversight, and leadership on matters related to improving equity, inclusion, and diversity at The Ohio State University. It undertakes a variety of initiatives aimed at the development, recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented and underserved students and employees (i.e., administrators, faculty, and staff) by working with academic units, community partners, university alumni, and national organizations and institutions.


ODI’s objective is to identify, recruit, hire, develop, and retain individuals capable of contributing in meaningful ways to its mission. All prospective applicants/candidates are required to provide a written diversity statement that provides the search committee with a better understanding of their capabilities and personal and professional experiences as they relate to equity, inclusion, and diversity. Thus, prospective applicants/candidates specifically should describe their work with, service to, and/or support of individuals and groups from underrepresented and underserved, diverse communities.

Applicants’/candidates’ diversity statements should provide a succinct picture of their qualifications, both personal and professional, as they relate to the ODI mission. To this end, when developing their diversity statements, they should address many of the below questions:

  • How might your personal and professional experiences contribute to promoting an inclusive campus environment?
  • What formal and informal experiences working with or interacting with people of diverse backgrounds, identities, and perspectives that would help you be successful in this position and contribute to ODI’s mission?
  • What areas of successes and challenges do you have in working with across difference?
  • What experiences do you have promoting open communication and trust, when engaging individuals and/or groups across differences?


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