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 on civil rights, race, immigration, sexual orientation, religion, and social policy. The Office also works extensively with the local legal community to facilitate mentoring and professional development.
Moritz Statement of Diversity & Inclusion
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law believes that diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice are essential to the excellence of our community, culture, and curriculum. We recognize that the pursuit of this excellence requires thoughtful, deliberate, and sustained action and that this effort is critical to our educational mission.
We value diversity in all of its dimensions including gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical and learning abilities, socio-economic status and view point. We seek to reflect these multiple perspectives, backgrounds, and interests in all facets of our community. We recognize that students who are exposed to and embrace diversity are better prepared to engage in a pluralistic world and successfully navigate the legal profession.
We strive to be an inclusive community in which each individual feels safe, respected, and valued. In building a community that values similarities and differences among its constituents, we seek to embody in our actions and in our relations with one another the principles of equity and justice as well as the values of honesty, respect, compassion, responsibility and fairness.
We believe that exposure to multiple, and even sometimes competing points of view best equips students to explore, understand and apply complex concepts, building the basis for a rigorous legal education. By weaving diversity into the fabric of our curriculum, we equip our students with the interpersonal and critical thinking skills that are essential to success in the complex, multicultural world in which we live and the society the legal profession serves.
Robert L. Solomon II
For 2L Ayesha Cotton, a first generation undergraduate and law school student, a legal education at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law means a chance to find her voice in the legal profession.
A desire to pursue a career in politics may have been what brought Kwame Christian ’13 to law school, but it was the discovery of his passion for negotiation that led him to a career today as the founder of The Christian Law Office LLC and the American Negotiation Institute.
Diversity Week 2017, presented by the Student Bar Association (SBA), kicks off on Monday, Jan. 30, with a variety of engaging events, panels, and speakers.
Nimesh Patel ’95 has joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as the firm’s director of diversity and inclusion. He previously headed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion as executive director.
Carla Moore ’77 was selected by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland as the recipient of this year’s St. Thomas More Award.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has appointed Asim Z. Haque ‘06 the next chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.