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.
The latest diversity rankings for the nation’s chemistry departments released on May 18, 2015 by Chemical and Engineering News, show Ohio State’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry tied (with Purdue) for #1 in number of women faculty and ranked #4 in percentage of minority faculty.
There are many key pieces to a successful diversity plan, but as these new rankings show, their success hinges on total, ongoing commitment and creating a welcoming, inclusive, atmosphere.
Kudos to everyone in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This achievement is a true leap forward on our road to achieving genuine diversity.