LGBTQ Student Initiatives @ MCC | Kirwan Institute | Office of Diversity & Inclusion | African American and African Studies | American Indian Studies | American Sign Language | Asian American Studies | Comparative Ethnic and American Studies | Disability Studies | Latino/a Studies | Scarlet & Gay LGBTQ Alumni Society | LGBTQ Counseling and Consultation Service
LGBTQ Initiatives through the Multicultural Center support and advocate for the unique academic and social needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, and pansexual (LGBTQIAP) students and communities accross Ohio State. We nurture reflective thought and provide a welcoming and inclusive space for all members of campus to explore issues related to sexual and gender identity, to learn more about LGBTQIAP communities, and to engage the support of people minoritized for their sexual and/or gender identities and expression.
The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity is an interdisciplinary engaged research institute at The Ohio State University established in May 2003. It was named for former university president William E. “Brit” Kirwan in recognition of his efforts to champion diversity at OSU. Our goal is to connect individuals and communities with opportunities needed for thriving by educating the public, building the capacity of allied social justice organizations, and investing in efforts that support equity and inclusion. Here at the Kirwan Institute we do this through research, engagement, and communication.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) advances academic excellence by increasing and advocating for campus diversity and inclusion. ODI undertakes initiatives aimed at the recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented students, faculty, and staff, by working with academic units, community partners, and national organizations and institutions.
African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University is the proud product of the 1960s Black freedom movement. The primary mission of the department is to stimulate teaching and research about the Black experience in the U.S., Africa and throughout the African diaspora. Also, the department hopes to encourge students and others to assess various strategies for advancing human progress through the examination of the worldwide struggle for Black freedom.
American Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that focuses on the histories, experiences, languages, arts, and cultures of peoples indigenous to the lands that now comprise the United States of America. It seeks to broaden students' understandings of the diversity and complexity of American Indian identities, communities, and nations; to make connections between Native peoples and cultures in the U.S. and Indigenous peoples and cultures across the Americas and around the globe; to provide comparative and intersectional approaches to issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and citizenship; and to encourage linking educational and research initiatives to community and political concerns.
The Ohio State American Sign Language (ASL) Program seeks to create a challenging and safe learning environment that develops student communication skills using ASL and fosters positive relationships among our students and instructors. Our program also promotes an understanding about the history of and current issues within the American d/Deaf community to honor and celebrate diversity and authenticity.
Asian American Studies (AAS) is an interdisciplinary and comparative field that explores the histories, cultures, and experiences of people of Asian descent in the United States. As an integral component of the Center for Ethnic Studies, the program focuses on the diversity of Asian American communities and cultural practices; develops intersectional approaches to the study of identity, power, and resistance; and considers a range of issues—such as immigration, citizenship, globalization, and imperialism—central to a critical understanding of our contemporary world.
In Comparative Ethnic and American Studies, students study specific ethnic cultures, arts, and communities within the contexts of changing national, transnational, and global realities as well as broader questions of power and difference in society. Students consider indigenous cultures, transnational migrations, and dislocations of peoples, as well as the historic position of the United States within the Americas and in the world at large.
Disability Studies at The Ohio State University examines the nature, meaning, and consequences of disability in global culture from an integrated social, political, cultural model. It incorporates historical, phenomenological, political, cultural, medical, sociological, technological, educational, and legal perspectives in order to provide an enriched and coherent view of disability as part of universal human experience.
As an academic inter-discipline, Latina/o Studies offers a unique education in the critical analysis of the experiences (social, political, medical, urban, gendered), histories, literatures, arts, and cultures of the multiethnic, multiracial, and multilingual population of Latina/os in the U.S.
Founded in 1997, the Ohio State University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Alumni Society is committed to promoting the best interests of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer alumni and students of The Ohio State University. The society sponsors a scholarship program, social events for students and alumni and collaborates with community organizations regularly to promote awareness and education of LGBTQ issues.
Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) at The Ohio State University has a long history of being a rich and affirming environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) students. As might any student, those who identify as LGBTQ may find themselves in need of support. At CCS we are committed to improving the experience of LGBTQ students through support, education, and advocacy. We use an affirming approach to working with LGBTQ students.