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Stand For Equity and Inclusion

Otterbein has a long-standing commitment to equity and inclusion that dates back to our founding. However, our students have asked our community to remember there is always room and need to continue to learn and to grow. This page is a reflection of Otterbein's on-going commitment and the people and events that help shape our shared experience and our values.

From the Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee

At Otterbein, we believe in working together to improve, to grow and to address issues.

It’s true that our history includes moments and commitments that can make us proud about Otterbein’s long-standing position of inclusiveness. It’s also true throughout our history—including current day—that we can and should expect more of ourselves as a community, as individuals and as an institution.

As others have expressed, on issues this important, the work is never done.

Otterbein’s commitment to equity and inclusiveness is rooted in our history and will only strengthen as we go forward.

/ read the full remarks from the committee chair


Equity and Inclusion is an ongoing pursuit, and so should education about the issues. This section will focus on specific topics from a national and local level, provide insight from reputable news and education institutions as well as voices from our students and faculty.

/ underSTAND with a focus on White Supremacy and Racism

Committee Activity

Find out the latest news and discussions from the Otterbein Diversity & Inclusion Committee. You'll find meeting notes, meeting times and dates, campus climate surveys, and Committee responses to campus and national initiatives. 

Student Demands Drive Community Standards

On April 4, 2016, Otterbein students, with the support of faculty and staff members, rallied to promote increased diversity and inclusion. After peaceful demonstrations, students met with university administrators to put forth a list of expectations that addressed campus programming, hiring practices, course content and community events. 

find out more about the students' expectations and how Otterbein is working to address them.

Advocates and Resources

Whether you need to ask a question, raise a concern or just talk through an issue, these people, organizations and resources are here and available to you.

/ check out this comprehensive list of equity and inclusion-based resources at Otterbein. 

/ message from President Krendl on Immigration and Travel Ban, Jan. 30, 2017

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

In our mission to be an inclusive community dedicated to educating the whole person in the context of humane values, Otterbein University is committed to the values and practices of diversity and inclusion. The Otterbein Community considers diversity a source of innovation, creativity and human flourishing. 

/ read the complete Diversity and Inclusion Statement (PDF).

Multi-Year Plan for Diversity and Inclusion

This Multi-Year Plan (2015-2020) is a series of strategies and recommendations for the Otterbein community which, when fully implemented, will significantly enhance diversity and inclusion in our community.

Equity & Inclusion

  • Robert Gatti

    Vice President for Student Affairs
    Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair
    p/ 614.823.1250
    e/ rgatti@otterbein.ed
  • James Prysock

    Director, Office of Social Justice & Activism
    Action and Implementation
    p/ 614.823.1312
    e/ jprysock@otterbein.edu
  • Kathryn Plank

    Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
    Campus Climate
    p/ 614.823.1034
    e/ kplank@otterbein.edu
  • Scott Fitzgerald

    Director, Human Resources
    Communication and Conversation
    p/ 614.823.1805
    e/ sfitzgerald@otterbein.edu
  • Will Elkins

    Comm. and Social Media,
    Marketing Communications
    p/ 614.823.1454
    e/ welkins@otterbein.edu