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Recruitment and Diversity Services
The Recruitment and Diversity Services office has a dual mandate to provide both support on matters of general recruitment to the College of Arts and Sciences and to strategically link underrepresented minorities to campus resources.
154 Denney Hall
164 W. 17th Ave. Columbus, OH 43210
Tel: (614) 688-4394
Fax: (614) 292-7068
Recruitment Services for Staff and Faculty
As the office within the College of Arts and Sciences tasked with undergraduate and graduate recruitment, we serve as the college liaison to Undergraduate Admissions and The Graduate School, organize college-specific events, coordinate divisional academic sessions for daily visits and represent and coordinate participation at off-campus events.
We offer a number of other services to our faculty, staff and community partners at the college, department and major level.
- Recruitment and informational webinars
- Diversity grant proposal assistance
- Recruitment best practices workshops
- Targeted print materials
- Short- and long-term recruitment campaigns
- Targeted email outreach
Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention
- Design and composition of printed materials for grad programs
- Best practices in recruitment
- Strategies for recruitment and retention of URM populations
- Workshop and support system development
- Assistance with grant applications such as REU, R25, and others related to diversity and recruitment
Postdoctoral Scholar Support
- Resource for ASC postdocs
- ASC representative in the Postdoctoral Advisory Council
- Liaison to the PDA
- Assist with the recruitment of postdocs
If your department would like assistance with recruitment efforts please submit a project request form.
Patrice Dickerson, Assistant Dean for Strategic Recruitment and Diversity
Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Diversity
Chinwe Okpalaoka provides leadership and coordination for undergraduate recruitment in the College of Arts and Sciences. Chinwe collaborates with the Undergraduate Admissions (UA) to develop and implement recruitment programs and activities to increase undergraduate enrollment and to support college and university enrollment goals. Chinwe supports undergraduate recruitment efforts within various College of Arts and Sciences units by providing prospective and admitted students data, developing and coordinating events and initiatives, including marketing and coordinating student visits. In her direction of diversity services, Chinwe helps develop, direct and maintain programs to advance the mission and vision of the College of Arts and Sciences and RDS relative to the recruitment, transition and retention of underrepresented student populations.
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Diversity
Michael Waite’s provides support services for all facets of RDS’ mission. His primary role is data gathering and analysis (for both internal and external audiences), but he also manages the communication flow to prospective students and their families, spearheads transfer and regional campus change student recruitment, works with Arts and Sciences Career Services, and helps manage the fiscal operations of the office. Michael also acts as the College’s primary contact person for prospective students interested in visiting one of its programs.
Graduate/STEM Diversity Director
Marcela’s responsibilities include developing and administering programs designed to increase the diversity of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the College of Arts and Sciences (ASC), with a specific goal of increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in each of these cohorts. She also represents the College of Arts and Sciences at national meetings and graduate school fairs with a focus on broadening participation in graduate education.
As part of this effort, Marcela delivers workshops to Arts and Sciences minority undergraduates on graduate school admissions and encouraging them to consider the possibilities for graduate study at OSU or elsewhere; coordinating social and cultural events for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars focused on community-building and networking; offering programs for professional development and career planning to all of these populations.
Marcela also serves as the RDS point-of–contact for matters related to undergraduate recruitment in the area of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. Participates in ASC and UA undergraduate recruitment activities and events (e.g., ASC Open House, UA in-state and out-of-state receptions).
Angelett Anderson is the Program Manager for the Program for Advancing Scholarship & Service (PASS). PASS is a competitive program for students in the College of Arts and Sciences interested in diversity as it relates to academics, leadership development, career preparation and community service. She is also the advisor for three student organizations. These include Never Let Your Pen Dry, an organization dedicated to poetry and creative writing, Say Hi, an organization dedicated to strengthen student unity across campus and Scarlet and Grace Notes, an all girls acapella group. Angelett also manages the Recruitment and Diversity Services Student Ambassador Program.
Recruitment Marketing Manager
Keith Powell develops and maintains recruitment marketing strategies to promote, expand and advance recruitment and diversity services and initiatives in the College of Arts and Sciences. In this role, Keith partners with individuals and departments to create high-quality, targeted communications and assists in coordinating outreach efforts including webinars, open houses and lectures.
Student Diversity Resources
We're not a microcosm of the real world. We are the real world. Academics. Career preparation. Leadership development. Community building. Service. These are our values and what you can get through Recruitment and Diversity Services (RDS).
Academics - We offer workshops on topics ranging from graduate and professional school preparation, summer internships, and study abroad to undergraduate research and staying healthy on campus. Additionally, we help identify funding opportunities for students such as the Morrill Scholars Program. Sponsored by Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Morrill Scholars Program (MSP) rewards academically exceptional students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership and service activities and eager to serve as student ambassadors and champions of academic excellence and diversity.
Career Development - We work closely with Arts and Sciences Career Services to provide you events and programs specifically designed to aid your internship and career search. Through these workshops, we help you develop the skills and experiences you need to get a competitive edge.
Community Building (PASS) - The Program for Advancing in Scholarship & Service (PASS) is a selective first-year community for Arts and Sciences students who have a shared interest in the benefits of diversity. PASS uniquely links you with academic advisors, faculty, community, and peers to promote academic success and engagement. PASS offers you all the benefits of a small college experience — personalized guidance and support — with the great opportunities available only at a large university.
Leadership - Great leaders aren’t born — they’re made, and RDS takes an active role in helping create these leaders of the future. We accomplish this through sponsoring training and leadership workshops for those who want to take a more active role in the world around them.
Service - Giving back to the community is just one of the many ways you can become active and involved in the world around you. RDS gives you opportunities to participate in multiple community service events, both locally and in other major
The Rising Star Awards support programs in the Recruitment and Diversity Services office of the College of Arts and Sciences, which serves Ohio State’s undergraduate minority and under-represented student population. The awards are part of the College of Arts and Sciences recruitment, retention, and recognition program for undergraduate students.
Consistent with the university’s mission, the Rising Star Awards, funded from the Office of the Executive Dean Innovation Fund (311016), shall be used to support educational diversity at the university. The fund shall be used to provide up to ten undergraduate awards to be given to students at the end of their first year of enrollment in furtherance of the university’s diversity agenda with particular attention to, but not limited to, students from underrepresented groups who participate actively in Recruitment and Diversity Services programs.
WHAT: This award is designed to support ten one-time awards at $500 each, but the committee has the discretion to award more or fewer awards, and a greater or lesser amount of dollars for each award, depending on the pool of applicants. The awards will be one-time awards with new students selected each year.
WHO: First year students: Eligible students are those who have declared majors in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Necessary criteria for eligibility: GPA 3.0 or above and completed resume (resume help can be obtained from Arts and Sciences Career Services in 48 Townsend Hall).
Other criteria that will be considered at the committee’s discretion:
- Outstanding participation in the Program for Advising in Scholarship & Service (PASS) (using sign-in sheets & other attendance record)
- Active involvement in other campus organizations - special attention will be paid to diversity-related organizations (documentation from organization official)
- Demonstration of initiative evidenced by internships, leadership in campus organizations, steps towards research and study abroad, interest in PASS peer leadership, and any additional input from peer leader about any student who has demonstrated superior leadership skills.
- Active participation in community service
- Students will self-nominate using an application form
- Proof of campus and/or community participation from organization leaders
- Recommendation letter from someone who can speak to your academic performance (academic advisor, faculty member, teaching assistant, etc.)
- Any other documentation you think might help
Selection Committee: Award recipients will be chosen by a selection committee in the College of Arts and Sciences. The university may modify any selection criteria should the criteria be found, in whole or in part, to be contrary to federal or state law or university policy.