Diversity, Equity and Inclusion drive excellence in research, education and patient care at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Health Science Colleges.

Message from the Chief Diversity Officer

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At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State health science colleges, we aim to be an example of inclusive excellence, where all staff, faculty and learners have an opportunity to thrive in service to our patients and to the community.

Racism is a social determinant of health that we do not condone. Efforts are underway to build upon our existing foundation of inclusive excellence work to uproot beliefs and facilitate changing of attitudes that manifest as institutionalized, personally mediated or internalized forms of racism.

This new website will serve as a resource for you to identify opportunities for self-directed learning and provide diversity, equity and inclusion updates across Ohio State Wexner Medical and the health science colleges. 

Please be sure to monitor this website for Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Diversity Council and Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion updates on initiatives to thwart racism and advance the values, mission and vision of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and health science colleges. 

Leon McDougle, MD, MPH
Chief Diversity Officer, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Diversity Training Options

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

  • #4 on Forbes list of Best Employers for Diversity in the U.S.
  • 3 consecutive years we've been named an HRC Healthcare Equality Index Leader
  • #4 ranking for percentage of African-American medical students at a non-HBCU
  • 1st university to have four Insight into Diversity HEED recipients

Diversity and inclusion is our foundation for innovation

A diversity of cultures and life experiences strengthens our mission to provide evidence-based health care. It gives us a greater understanding and appreciation for each patient’s unique genetic makeup, behavior, experiences and beliefs.

From the way we recruit faculty, staff and students to the way we treat each and every patient, all of us at the Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine consider diversity an essential part our mission.

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Celebrating our unique differences

We strive to create environments, both in the workplace and in our patient care settings where everyone feels empowered to share their full, authentic selves and can comfortably join in or stand out.

We celebrate the diverse voices of our patients, employees, volunteers and community members. It fuels our innovation and connects us closer to our patients and the communities we serve.

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Four Health Sciences colleges named as HEED award recipients, making Ohio State the first university to achieve this recognition

The INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Award, open to all colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada, measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs, and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.

Ohio State is proud that four of our Health Sciences colleges have achieved this recognition, making Ohio State the first university to have four award recipients at one university.

Resources for Taking Action against Racism

Resources for Taking Action against Racism

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Health Sciences

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Health Sciences

Resources for Patients and Visitors

Resources for Patients and Visitors

Resources for Employees and Students

Resources for Employees and Students

Groups and Committees for Employees

Groups and Committees for Employees

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