Kathy Lechman is the Associate Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In her prior role with the university, she served as Assistant Dean and Director of Equity and Inclusion for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in 2015 from the College of Education and Human Ecology where her dissertation focused on examining the influence of student perception of instructor cultural intelligence, sense of belonging and intent to persist.
Kathy has a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution from the McGregor School of Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the College of Wooster. She has been with Ohio State University for 17 years with prior experience at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, the Ohio Department of Youth Services and the Cleveland Municipal Schools. Throughout her career, she has focused on mediation, conflict resolution, personnel development, career development, mentoring, and creating and implementing strategies to address workforce diversity. She has served as the interim Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and as an interim Associate Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise.
During her time in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, she developed and created numerous professional development opportunities for faculty, staff and students. She was instrumental in the implementation of the Diversity Leadership Symposium that brought together multiple units across campus to provide quality professional development to faculty, staff and students. Kathy is an experienced mediator, facilitator and trainer. In her role as Director Equity and Inclusion, she provided counsel to faculty and staff, oversees professional development related to diversity, equity and inclusion while working closely with the Senior Associate Dean and the Associate Dean of Academics.