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German delegation studies diversity management at Ohio State

German delegation visits Ohio StateThe Ohio State University hosted visiting leaders and decision-makers from German universities on Tuesday, May 7. The delegation made campus visits to both public and private institutions to learn about issues of diversity in U.S. higher education as part of week-long Fulbright Higher Educational Experts Seminar on “Diversity Management at U.S. Universities,” led by the Institute of International Education in cooperation with the German-American Fulbright Commission. While in Ohio, the delegation also visited Otterbein University, Ohio University, Ohio Wesleyan University and Columbus State Community College.

At Ohio State, the delegation learned about Ohio State’s commitment to diversity by meeting with leaders from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Student Life, the Multicultural Center, the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, The Women’s Place and more. Participants focused on how to shape the concept of diversity, create awareness for diversity on campus, and measure success and benefits of diversity management, as well as learned more about the role of the chief diversity officer and the involvement of students, faculty and administrators.

Ute Klammer, vice rector of diversity management at Universität Duisburg-Essen, said that the German administrators discussed the need to “work harder to make diversity a topic for the whole university — not just intercultural or LBGT groups, but make a commitment with the whole university.” Klammer appreciated the time at Ohio State, and said, “We really liked it; we were very overwhelmed by the hospitality.”

Svetlozara Trocheva, Geoff Chatas and Charlotte Securius-CarrMonika Häußler-Sczepan, vice rector for study and quality assurance at Hochschule Mittweida, agreed. Her visit to Ohio State was part of her first visit to the United States. “I’m glad to have the opportunity to be here, to learn from experience,” she said.

Participants included administrators from 10 different German universities, including Technische Universität, Folkwang Universität der Künste, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Hochschule Mittweida, Leipzig Graduate School of Management and Universität Bayreuth. Joining the delegation were representatives from Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, the German-American Fulbright Commission and the Institute of International Education.