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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

Career Success' Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving hopes and dreams isn’t for select students, it is for all students.

The Center for Career and Professional Success (Career Success) is committed to addressing racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism and all other forms of oppression. To address the systemic oppression of marginalized communities, we acknowledge that our institution must undergo a historic transformation based in facts, humility and accountability. Consistent with the university’s mission, we commit to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive community and commit to bringing about social change through our work.

Career Success plays a vital role in the transition that students make to become contributors to society. Given our commitment to student success, our primary goal is to listen and respond to the challenges they face when pursuing career goals. We collaborate with our fellow Ohio State faculty, staff, alumni and organizations to create and foster a more equitable workforce.

We invite you as partners to engage with us regarding these principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and to hold us accountable to these standards as we continue to build a more inclusive community.

Be included. Be you – with us.

Coming Soon: Employer Spotlights, Resources for Students, Employers and Alumni and more! 

Select ways we're enacting our commitment to DEI:

We have awarded $212,340.20 to students via our Career Accelerator Fund over the last 3 years. This fund helps students participate in unpaid or minimally paid internships by awarding money to cover expenses like transportation, housing, food and more. These students now can pursue their ideal resume-building activity without monetary concerns inhibiting them. Learn more about the fund here!

Did you know that 29 students have participated in our Diversity Case Competition which debuted in Spring 2021! This unique experience allows students to prepare a business response to a realistic DEI concern. After a week of preparation, student teams present their solution to a panel of judges from the local business community as well as Career Success staff. Click to learn more about this annual competition.

44% of employers at the 2022 Summer Internship and Opportunity Fair shared that their organizations had a public DEI statement that helped guide their work. You can review those statements and other DEI-focused employer information here.

Annual Events presented by Career Success

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Annual Diversity Case Study Competition

The annual Diversity Case Study Competition focuses on a theoretical case study strongly based in documented real-life scenarios. Students are grouped together and given several days to decide how a cohort of employees might respond to an employer's actions. Students present their responses to a panel of judges from a variety of employers, industries, and roles who provide feedback and select a winning team.


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Summer Internship and Opportunity Fair

The Summer Internship and Opportunity Fair targets undergraduate students interested in obtaining a resume-building opportunity for their summer semester. This event hosts organizations from various locations and sectors, and highlights organizations that are dedicated to diversity. These employers embrace, value and live inclusive excellence.

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Affinity Group Focused Development Academies

Our Development Academies are weeks long deep dives into a specific career topic, allowing students to hone their skills and grow their knowledge in the give area. Previously we have hosted a Women in Male dominated fields Development Academies and are hoping to expand our offerrings in the 2022-2023 school year. Check back here for more information later on!


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Resources to support our students

  • ASC Departments and Centers - Lists all Departments and Centers in the college, including those focused on ethnic, racial, gender, sexuality, neurodiversity, cultural, language, religious topics and more. 
  • ASC Diversity Matters (Undergrad) - Website devoted to Undergraduate focused scholarships, resources, events, and organizations within the College of Arts and Sciences. 
  • College2Careers Counselor - Ohio College2Careers, a partnership between The Ohio State University and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, aims for students with disabilities to have the support they need to complete their degree and/or credential, earn higher wages, and meet the demands of tomorrow’s labor market.
  • DEI Undergrad Certificate - Learn how to complete the new undergraduate certificate in DEI, a great addition to any transcript and resume!
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ASC Homepage - The homepage for all DEI work within ASC. Includes the college's DEI vision, college news, and a statement from Wendy Smooth, the Associate Dean for DEI.
  • Diversity in Grad Studies - Graduate page for DEI based information on funding/fiscal resources, student support and multicultural graduate student orgs. 
  • Support DEI in ASC - Link to give to the Arts and Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Enhancement Fund.
  • Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male - After several studies focusing on the performance of African American male students in college came out, concerned administrators established the Black Male Initiative which has evolved in the Bell National Resource Center.
  • Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center - The Hale Center is considered one of the finest Black Cultural Centers in the country. It is dedicated to developing and maintaining supportive programs and activities for the development and advancement of all students and particularly African American students.
  • Latinx Student Success (LSS) - The LSS team works to cultivate Latinx communities for academic, social, and professional support. The LSS team promotes the full inclusion of Latinx students and seeks to raise the visibility of Latinx groups on campus.
  • Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color (LIWOC) - This program serves undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who aspire to be leaders as well as those who seek to support the mission of LIWOC.
  • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP) - assists universities and colleges in their efforts to increase underrepresented minority student recruitment, retention, persistence, and attainment of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees.
  • The Morrill Scholarship Program (MSP) - The Morrill Scholarship Program (MSP) is Ohio State's premier diversity/merit scholarship program, rewarding academically talented students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership, service and social justice activities.
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) - A large home for various groups to come together and embody ODI's vision of "be[ing] the nation's premier leader and model for diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and broader society."
  • Office of International Affairs - The Office of International Affairs provides leadership and international expertise to ensure a coordinated and dynamic strategy for university-wide global engagement. To further Ohio State’s international goals and to advance the university’s reputation world-wide, the Office of International Affairs facilitates international experiences for students and faculty, supports academic programs and research, coordinates international partnerships, administers grants and scholarships for global engagement and contributes to enriching the Ohio State experience for the university’s international student and scholar population.
  • OSU Diversity Initiatives - Main page for all OSU diversity information.
  • Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) - Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) is committed to creating an accessible educational experience for students with disabilities. They partner with students, faculty and staff to design accessible environments and to provide academic accommodations and support services.
  • Student Multicultural Center (MCC) - Located with the Ohio Union, the MCC hosts a multitude of events, trainings, celebrations and initiatives, focused on a wide variety of communities and identities. 
  • The Women's Place - The Women's Place embraces a vision of the university which supports all women to thrive, advance, and make their full contributions within an environment characterized by equity, freedom, and dignity for all people. Our work centers around the goal of catalyzing change at Ohio State by focusing on these four areas: policy, culture, leadership and reporting the status of women.