The Moritz community thrives when its students, faculty, and staff – who represent countless diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs, and experiences – collaborate to create a culture that broadens perspectives and furthers understanding. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works closely with students and organizations on targeted programs that are focused on ensuring a welcoming and diverse culture, enhancing understanding and respect, and encouraging critical thinking about legal doctrine and social policy especially as they relate to the lived experience of marginalized populations.
Visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's website to view the full Moritz Statement of Diversity and Inclusion.
Moritz has a broad range of student organizations representing the diversity of our student body; they serve an integral role in the diversity, equity, inclusion and justice mission of the college. Our affinity organizations include: Asian/Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Christian Legal Society, Jewish Law Student Association, Latino Law Students Association, Middle Eastern Law Students Association, Outlaws, St. Thomas More Society, and Women’s Legal Society. These organizations are open to all Moritz students. Visit the Student Groups page.
The Social Justice Roundtable Series provides an opportunity for law students and local lawyers to come together to discuss a wide range of legal and societal issues that touch upon diversity in its broadest sense. Our goal is to create a safe environment where the attendees can feel free to discuss their views on sensitive topics and exchange ideas that will promote understanding. The Social Justice Round Table theme is "seeking to understand, rather than being understood." The goal is not to force agreement, but to create an environment that exposes all to diverse ideas and perspectives on issues such as institutional racism, immigration, police reform, free speech, intercultural lawyering. See the Moritz Calendar for upcoming events.
This committee is made up of faculty, staff, and students. The Moritz dean appoints the faculty and staff members, and the Student Bar Association (SBA) appoints the student members, who also serve as the SBA Diversity Committee. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee supports inclusive excellence at the college through a variety of programs, speakers, and initiatives, often in conjunction with several student organizations. Among those programs are the SBA Diversity Committee’s annual Diversity Week events.
The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is one of the oldest and most prominent offices of its kind in the nation. Founded in 1970, ODI supports the recruitment, retention and success of students, faculty and staff who enhance the diversity of The Ohio State University. ODI oversees the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, the nine-city Young Scholars Program, as well as being home to a wide-range of retention, mentoring, scholarship, and access programs.
Visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's website to learn more about their programs, centers, initiatives, and resources.
The Office of Institutional Equity exists to help the Ohio State community prevent and respond to all forms of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct. This centralized office houses the university’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Protection of Minors, and Title IX functions.
Visit the Office of Institutional Equity's website for more information on these topics; to report discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct; or to file an anonymous concern
The Office of Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) partners with students, faculty, and staff to design accessible environments and to provide academic accommodations and support services in order to create an accessible education experience for students with disabilities. For information on qualifying conditions, student accommodations, and other resources, visit Student Life Disability Services's website.
Contact Darren Nealy, Assistant Dean of Students, to request appropriate accommodations.
The Student Life Multicultural Center (MCC), located on the first floor of the Ohio Union, offers hundreds of programs each year, including cultural and intercultural celebrations, heritage and awareness events, dialogues, workshops, student leadership and cohort meetings, prejudice-reduction training, wellness initiatives, and Social Justice Engagement courses. The scope of these programs adapts to address the changing culture and climate related to campus, local and national contexts. The MCC's intercultural format invites students of all backgrounds and experiences to participate in their programs and services.
Visit the Multicultural Center's website for more information.
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. The Kirwin Institute's 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. The Institute works toward this goal through research, engagement, and communication.
Visit the Kirwan Institute's website to learn more about their research initiatives, programs, and resources.
The Women's Place serves as a catalyst for institutional change to expand opportunities for women's growth, leadership and power in an inclusive, supportive, and safe University environment consistent with the goals of the Academic and Diversity Plans.
Visit The Women's Place's website for more information.