Toward this end OAS instituted a Student Affairs Buyers Council in 2003 which

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Toward this end, OAS instituted a Student Affairs Buyers' Council in 2003 which among other functions will monitor and make recommendations regarding minority purchasing. The unit is also now able to provide tailored Certified Minority Vendor reports on the Student Affairs internal Web page; this should foster dissemination of knowledge about available minority vendors throughout the unit. Response to Recommendations OSA responded to each of last year’s recommendations. In answer to a variety of questions posed by the Council, they note that OSA: has a philosophy of diversity that is a cornerstone; understands the power of language, with most individuals being beyond the "tolerance" stage; is attempting to identify ways to increase the pools of women and minorities in all departments and across the university; is working with regional campuses to enhance their diversity-oriented activities. Note too, that this year's diversity report is very detailed and provides the requested information for the unit as a whole as well as for individual departments. Finally, OSA notes that while it addresses some issues of the Columbus climate, Student Affairs would be pleased to participate in any larger initiative but cannot undertake such on its own. In general, OSA is undertaking a variety of activities geared toward improving its diversity profile and providing a positive climate for diverse groups. Some units have more work to do than others, but the unit seems committed to its goals and is willing to evaluate performance in terms of their achievement. University Relations Overall Assessment A period of substantive change in the Office of University Relations, including the departure of its VP, the efforts of an interim VP leading to the hiring of a new VP, and the turnover in leadership at WOSU explain some of the gaps in the 2003-2004 Diversity Report from this office. The report did not reference specific demographic data about its personnel make-up, but a line of embedded text referred to “more than 120 full-time employees.” The office does not include students, except, perhaps as part-time employees. Other than WOSU and University Relations, various departments or units within UR are not identified by name, although UR employees work for onCampus, OSU Today, Buckeye Net News and @Ohio State. The unit leadership grid lists nine people including one VP and eight directors. Two of these nine are minority individuals; five are female. Another eight individuals make up the executive staff at WOSU. Presumably, one of these is a minority [see Part IV, item 2]. Exit interviews for departing staff heretofore have not been conducted, but will become “an institutionalized process” in the future. At WOSU, a new “Department of Organizational Development” oversees diversity initiatives, but this department submitted neither goals nor a stated mission in regard to diversity concerns.
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