Buckeye Inclusion

Mission Statement

The athletics department will support The Ohio State University mission by providing quality programs that facilitate inclusive and shared experiences of all those participating, engaging and assisting in athletics programs. The departmental staff is committed to recognizing our remarkable diversity and utilizing our core values to ensure everyone attending or participating in an athletic event feels safe and welcome.

Core Values

Integrity  |  Education  |  People  |  Excellence  |  Respect  |  Innovation  |  Community  |  Tradition

2021-22 Theme: RESPECT

As the Ohio State community comes together for the 2021-22 academic year, Buckeye Inclusion is set to celebrate the theme of RESPECT by featuring how it is embodied by staff, student-athletes and others around campus.

Each month, Buckeye Inclusion will focus on a letter of the word RESPECT with an overall message and theme for how the Department of Athletics embraces this ideal.

Learn More


📄 A message from Gene Smith

Racism has been declared a public health crisis; hate has no place in civil society.

Read here

Message to my Beloved Team Members

by Karen Dennis

Read here

💯 Athletic Equality Index

~ Ohio State Athletics scores a ‘100’ rating in the Athletic Equality Index developed by Athlete Ally

~ Click the arrow (right) for more information.

Why Buckeye Inclusion is Important to Us

(swipe below to hear from the Buckeye Inclusion Committee members)

Additional Buckeye Inclusion Committee members include:

R.E.G. Subcommittee
TJ Shelton (Chair), Siobhan St. John , Jamie, Wood, Prince Moody, Kim Heaton, Kiara McClendon, Candice Williams, Shelaine Warren, Mariesha Gibson, Kate Lipton, Riley Ross, Ashley Pryor, Quinn Barham, Rae Everson, Joel Brown

LGBTQIA+ Subcommittee
Belkis Clark (Chair), Kim Doran, Jarred Martin, Shaun Richards, Alex Sommer, Cherron Sumler

Gender Subcommittee
Kim Doran (Chair) Paia LaPalombara, Molly Richard, Kate Lipton, Kim Dally-Badgeley, Rae Everson

Big Ten Anti-Hate & Anti-Racism Committee
Gene Smith, Donald Anthony Jr., Dr. John Davidson, Karen Dennis, Jen Flynn Oldenburg, Khadevis Robinson,  Zach Harrison (student-athlete), Becca Mauer (student-athlete), Alexus Pyles (student-athlete), Anthony “Tony” White (alumni)

President & Provost Council of Women
Kim Doran

Universities Diversity Leaders and Advocates
TJ Shelton