The Ohio State University at Lima

Diversity Council


The Diversity Council’s primary function is to infuse diversity within the university to create a culture of diversity on the campus. To achieve this, Diversity Council members assist the Diversity Council chair and the University in assessing and revising existing practices and makes recommendations in the planning and developing of new practices and initiatives that will promote diversity on the campus. Such initiatives include but not limited to: increasing the number of underrepresented students, faculty and staff as well as the retaining of these groups and creating diversity awareness and engagement initiatives as well as developing partnerships with minority-owned and women-owned suppliers/businesses. The ultimate goal is to make the University a more balanced and diverse institution of higher learning. This will also filter into the extended community and help to promote a more diverse community in general.


    • Farley Banks, Attorney at Law
    • Priya Bawa, Speech Language Pathologist
    • Pat Carroll, Associate Professor of Psychology, Ohio State Lima
    • Robert Decatur, Scholars Program Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Ohio State
    • Jennifer Gerken, Ohio State Lima Student
    • Sharon Guice, YMCA Board
    • Deija Harris, Ohio State Lima Student
    • David Hartwig, Lecturer of English, Ohio State Lima
    • Emily Keckler, Ohio State Lima Student
    • Kristen Miller, Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities
    • Temple Patton, Business OSU Business Program Coordinator, Admissions Recruiter, Ohio State Lima
    • Alex Sciranka, Ohio State Lima Student
    • John A. Upshaw, Chief Diversity Officer, Ohio State Lima

    Distinguished Diversity Leadership Service Award

    The Diversity Council’s Distinguished Diversity Leadership Service Award recognizes the accomplishments and commitment of faculty, staff, students, units, departments or affiliates of The Ohio State University at Lima who demonstrate a devotion to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership and service. Recipients must exhibit proven success in furthering and enhancing a diverse and inclusive campus community through recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students; diversity programming; community outreach and engagement initiatives; or other diversity and inclusion related initiatives.

    2013: John R. Snyder (
    2014: Dorothy Lovell Jones (
    2015: Nicole Simpson (