Media Releases

To the Valued Partners of the Kirwan Institute, It is bittersweet that in January I will be returning to The New School as a university professor and inaugural director of an institute for the study of race, stratification and political economy. This is an attractive opportunity for me both professionally and personally. I remain proud of and committed to the mission of the Kirwan Institute, and will remain so even after I return to New York.
 
The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity announces the nation’s first free and publicly available online implicit bias module series tailored specifically toward K-12 Educators. The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at The Ohio State University is proud to announce the nation’s first free and publicly available online implicit bias module series tailored specifically toward K–12 educators.
 
A letter from Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron, PhD Dear Colleagues, I write to announce that Darrick Hamilton, PhD, has accepted our offer to serve as the executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, his appointment is effective January 1, 2019.
 
Institutional Interventions to Prevent Implicit Bias from Undermining Organizational Diversity In support of the The Columbus Commitment: Achieving Pay Equity, launched by the Columbus Women’s Commission and focused on the issue of the gender pay gap, the Kirwan Institute presents our latest report Institutional Interventions to Prevent Implicit Bias from Under
 
Recent Article Highlights Suspension Disparity An article recently released from The Blade demonstrates that black students are suspended more often than classmates. Read the entire article here, then come back to check out the interactive map below.
 
COLUMBUS, OH – During the recent 2018 Leadership Summit hosted by Ohio State Extension, Shannon Ginther, First Lady and Chair of the Columbus Women’s Commission, recognized the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity for its applied research in areas of equity. Regarding Kirwan as a “gem” at Ohio State, Ginther acknowledged the Institute’s potential to act as a leader at the University, encouraging more initiatives that address the current disparities in Columbus.
 
The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity is proud to present its first ever Active Bystander Training. Facilitated by Researcher and Facilitation Specialist Lena Tenney, the training is a collaborative effort between The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; and the Kirwan Institute. Although the session has already reached capacity for in-person attendance, we welcome participation through a livestream of the event.
 
The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity’s award-winning documentary “Free To Ride” returns to Gateway Film Center Friday, June 23 at 7pm by popular demand. “Free To Ride” made its sold-out official Columbus premiere on April 12 as part of Gateway Film Center’s Ohio Grown Series and returns for a week-long run from June 23-29. For additional showtimes please visit http://gatewayfilmcenter.org/free-to-ride/.
 
Studies consistently demonstrate that diversity in the health care workforce enriches the quality of health care, medical education, and research. Yet, while academic medicine has made progress in addressing overt discrimination, unconscious biases continue to impede the goal of making medical schools and teaching hospitals more diverse, according to a new publication. The new publication is based on the 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Forum that was convened by the AAMC and The Ohio State University Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.
 
We are pleased to advise you that Arthur R. James, MD, associate professor-clinical, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has accepted our offer to serve as the interim executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, his appointment is effective May 1, 2017, through April 30, 2018.
 
A new report from the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity argues that implicit bias manifests in the housing and lending markets partly due to a historical and deeply rooted association between race and risk. The report examines how historical and structural racism affects racial disparities in housing and credit outcomes today. Further, by applying the lens of racial cognition – how race impacts the way individuals think and behave – the report uncovers the influence of implicit racial bias in housing and lending.
 
ATLANTA (February 14, 2017) — Sharon Davies has been appointed provost and vice president of academic affairs at Spelman College, effective June 1, 2017.
 
In late June, The United Way of Central Ohio released its 2016 Champion of Children Report: Voices of Latino Boys, in partnership with The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and Community Research Partners.
 
Dr. Maurice Stevens, a Senior Faculty Research Advisor at The Kirwan Institute, has been awarded the 2016 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award from The Ohio State University. The Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Awards recognize individuals or groups who have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity at Ohio State and to exceeding expectations in implementing the Diversity Action Plan.
 
In partnership with the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, The Kirwan Institute facilitated implicit bias trainings for more than 700 people in the Kansas City, MO metropolitan area in late April.  In a series of eight events including workshops and presentations that spanned four days, Robin A. Wright, MPA and Maurice Stevens, Ph.D.
 
The Kirwan Institute, in partnership with OSU Extension, Franklin County, United Way of Central Ohio, Columbus Public Health, PACT and Columbus Early Learning Centers, has been awarded the OSU Cares Seed Grant to support an upcoming project focused on Columbus’ Near East Side. The project will expand on United Way’s place-based leadership academy, piloted on the South Side last year which aimed to provide space for residents to build skills for impacting neighborhood revitalization.