Hello EHE and OSU community members and friends. I am Noelle Arnold, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Global Engagement.
This past June, Dean Don Pope-Davis convened an initial steering committee with selected members of the Executive Council to create six principles for the college’s action plan related to racial justice and equity. I am excited to introduce you to these principles and some of the representative tactics.
The ROTATE @ EHE: Racial Justice and Equity Action Plan signifies EHE’s continued commitment to a culture, climate, policies and practices that honor and support the rich diversities and arrays of excellence, intellect, and talent in our college. At EHE, equity and justice are at the core of our collective work, and we recognize that our efforts are constantly rotating, as we are constantly moving in our mission to be more inclusive.
Let’s take a closer look at each of the components of the ROTATE plan.
However, the ROTATE concept also recognizes that racism has real, ongoing impacts on members of the EHE community. Therefore, our action plan honors the reality that at times, some people may need to step out to care for themselves and heal. When this occurs, others may need to rotate in and take on new forms of advocacy and anti-racist efforts.
The commitment to creating a more just and equitable society requires that every person in the EHE community-faculty, staff, students, alumni, and partners—be engaged in both personal and collective work.
In EHE, it is our commitment to go beyond simply calling for equality and to be clear and unequivocal in enacting changes that will lead to equity in all aspects of our college- including classes and recruitment, research and engagement, hiring and promotion, as well as the overall college culture.
Over the next few weeks, we will host an information session so that our community can learn more about the ROTATE @ EHE: Racial Justice and Equity Action Plan. During this session, the college community will have the opportunity to learn more about all the work that has occurred thus far; meet members of the Task Force; hear about individual initiatives for racial justice and equity; and find ways to join projects or formulate your own. In the meantime, we hope you will reflect on your own personal and professional rotations and ready yourself to ROTATE @ EHE.