Ohio State, like every educational institution, struggles with issues of diversity, particularly those that plague STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.
The challenges have deep roots and the upward path to equity is steep. Solid initiatives are in place across the university and within the arts and sciences — physics’ Bridge Program, mathematics’ SAMMS (Sampling Advanced Mathematics for Minority Students) program — are but two examples of tackling the problem by expanding the number of under-represented minorities in pathways to careers in STEM.
Being all too familiar with the difficulties of attracting faculty members from underrepresented groups, I am delighted to tell you of a great success story. Continue reading