Recruitment and Diversity Services

Recruitment and Diversity Services 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.

General Support

  • 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

Recruitment and Diversity Services Staff

  • Patrice Dickerson

    Patrice Dickerson, Assistant Dean for Strategic Recruitment and Diversity

  • Chinwe Okpalaoka

    Chinwe Okpalaoka,
    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.

  • Michael Waite

    Michael Waite
    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.

  • Marcela Hernandez

    Marcela Hernandez
    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).

  • Angelette Anderson

    Angelett Anderson
    Program Manager

    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.

  • Alesia Howard

    Alesia Howard
    Recruitment Marketing Manager

    Alesia Howard develops, implements and maintains recruitment marketing strategies and activities to promote, expand and advance recruitment and diversity services and initiatives in the College of Arts and Sciences. In this role, she works collaboratively with a number of departments and administrative units in the college and throughout the university.