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2017 Diversity and Implicit Bias Awareness Program Symposium

The Council of Graduate Students, OUAB Grad/Prof, Office of Student Life and Student Activities are pleased to host the 2017 Diversity and Implicit Bias Awaresness Program as a capstone opportunity for the graduate/professional students and postdoctoral scholars who have participated in our program this year as well as the entire campus community.  The symposium's theme this year is "Diversity and Inclusion as a Means Not an End."   The symposium will take place on April 11, 2017 in the Ohio Union (1739 N. High Street).

The symposium is free and open of members of the Ohio State community.  Please register online.


9:00 - 9:30 a.m.       Registration and Coffee

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.     Panel Discussion

11:15 - 12:15 p.m.   Breakout Sessions

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.     Luncheon and Keynote Address by Dr. "Rusty" Barceló

The symposium will conclude by 2:00 p.m.

We have an exciting group of experts participating in our symposium this year:

Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barceló

Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló served the University of Minnesota as the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity, and recently retired as the President of Northern New Mexico College. Once the only Chicana student at the University of Iowa, Rusty has since become one of the nation’s most highly respected authorities on equity and diversity in higher education.  She is a leading figure with National Initiative for Women in Higher Education (NIWHE). She has chaired Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) as well as the Washington State Native American Advisory Board (NAAB). In 2004, Dr.  Barceló was awarded the Ohtli award, which is a special recognition presented by the Mexican government to Mexicans or Latinos whose work has benefited Mexicans living abroad. In addition, Barcelo also held positions at the University of Iowa and later at the University of Minnesota, as well as the University of Washington.

Dr. Barceló earned her bachelor's degree from Chico State University, her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Lisa Coleman

Dr. Lisa M. Coleman is Harvard University’s inaugural Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President, and is responsible  for developing a strategic approach – and the supporting initiatives and platforms – for promoting diversity and inclusion (D&I) across Harvard University’s schools and programs.

Dr. Coleman has worked with numerous organizations, universities, and colleges prior to Harvard, including the Association of American Medical Colleges, Merrill Lynch Inc., the City University of New York, the College of Wooster, Vassar College, and Tufts University. She directed the Africana program at Tufts University, and also served as that institution’s first senior D&I officer where she worked with the President, Provost, and other senior leaders to create and implement university-wide D&I strategies. Dr. Coleman has received numerous awards for teaching and academic leadership, and for her work on equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Dr. Coleman earned her doctorate in Social and Cultural Analysis, American Studies from New York University, and three master’s degrees from the Ohio State University in African and African American Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Communication Studies.

Stephen S. Francis

Stephen Francis was appointed the first ever Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Columbus in January 2016. As Chief Diversity Officer, Steve Francis is in charge of implementing and communicating the diversity and inclusion vision, commitment and strategy of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.  He provides support in the development of a comprehensive workforce diversity strategy for the City of Columbus and is working to develop a city-wide diversity external relations strategy. He continues to support the Equal Business Opportunity Office in the development of diverse supplier and procurement goals in city contracts for goods and services.  Immediately prior to his appointment as Chief Diversity Office, he was the Manager of Corporate Affairs at Honda of America having started working there as Senior Assistant Counsel for Honda of America in1995.

Steve Francis attended Morehouse College and The Ohio State University College of Law. He is a member of several boards including: Baker & Hostetler Diversity Advisory Board; Columbus Clippers Baseball, Inc.; Columbus Association for the Performing Arts; Columbus Urban League; Central Ohio Diversity Consortium: American Heart Association; and Second Baptist Church.

Tim Harman

Tim Harman is a dynamic HR professional with a successful track record of implementing talent acquisition, college recruiting and diversity & inclusion strategies. Known for his ability to build highly effective cross-functional teams and contributing to business growth and development, Tim has consistently enhanced the recruiting and retention areas with multiple Fortune 500 companies.  As a business leader with over 15 years of experience, Tim has been recognized in Recruitment and Diversity & Inclusion for delivering exemplary results with Lbrands, Ashland Inc, Quantum Health and MGM Resorts International. Tim is a recipient of the Ashland President’s Award for Business Improvement   and the Outstanding Contributor Award for Diversity & Inclusion from The Ohio State University, Fisher School of Business. He also has the opportunity to be a Career Advisor with the College of Arts & Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Most recently, Tim served as the Director of Talent Acquisition, Diversity Outreach, College Recruiting and Disability Accommodations for MGM Resorts International, a global leader in entertainment and gaming headquartered in Las Vegas, NV.  Today, Tim is a key member of Columbus2020 as a Director to support workforce development for clients in harmony with JobsOhio Talent Acquisition team. Tim is also currently the President of the Columbus Region’s nonprofit, Central Ohio Diversity Consortium.

Tim holds a BBA from the University of Toledo. He enjoys rock climbing, hiking, skiing and supporting Ohio’s great sports teams.

Chancellor Emile "Mel" Netzhammer

Mel Netzhammer has served as the second chancellor of Washington State University Vancouver since July 2012. He is passionate about growing the number of students who successfully complete their academic degrees and expanding access to higher education—especially for the underrepresented. He values campus and community engagement, and has developed a number of strategic partnerships to support economic development and grow the workforce in Southwest Washington and the greater metropolitan area.

Netzhammer’s civic engagement is extensive. Locally he serves on the boards of the Columbia River Economic Development Council, Greater Portland Inc., the STEM Governance Committee for Southwest Washington and the Vancouver Public Schools’ Management Advisory Task Force. Nationally he is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Board of Directors, the LGBTQ President’s in Higher Education Board, and the National Steering Committee for the American Democracy Project, an initiative to advance the civic learning of undergraduates about the role of citizens in a democracy.  Netzhammer previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Keene State College in New Hampshire.

A native of New Orleans, he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication at Loyola University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in communication from the University of Utah.

Yolanda Zepeda

Dr. Yolanda Zepeda serves as Assistant Vice Provost for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University. Inclusive excellence is at the core of Yolanda Zepeda’s work at Ohio State.  She provides leadership on diversity and inclusion practices across campus academic units.  She leads campus-wide training efforts for the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and staff, and oversees targeted services for students of color. These include programs that advance educational access and retention for a variety of underrepresented groups including single parent students, women of color, underrepresented students in STEM, and Latina and Latino students.  Zepeda is also committed to nurturing a supportive climate for Latinxs on campus and fostering university engagement in the central Ohio Latinx community. Toward this goal, she publishes ¿Que Pasa, Ohio State?, a student-led magazine, and launched a partnership with WOSU to support greater visibility of Latinxs in community media.


Please contact Kerry Hodak ( with questions.