Our Culture

OCIO & ODEE Employees

Our culture defines us, and being true to who we are is at the core of our guiding principles and values.

OCIO & ODEE Employees

Diversity

The Ohio State University community is incredibly diverse, with every conceivable nationality, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical capability and socio-economic background imaginable. Our technology groups are working hard to build a diverse, inclusive culture. In addition, the university has numerous resources designed to welcome a diverse workforce and help them find their place within our community.

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“To achieve our goals, we need to harness the best from one another, which happens when we surround ourselves with those who have different histories, backgrounds, experiences, and thought processes. I’ve benefited greatly and grown as a leader when working in that ideal vibrant and healthy environment, and I want to ensure we’re actively creating and recreating that environment so others have the same opportunity.”
Robert Griffiths, Associate Vice President of Distance Education
“New ideas help us grow our communication capabilities and make us a stronger team. Only through employing diverse, creative, and innovative individuals can we engage The Ohio State University’s vast and complex audience of faculty, staff, students, and prospective students.”
Katharine Keune, Chief Communication Officer
“I believe that the best workforce presents a variety of perspectives and talents that improve our organization. It is essential to create an environment in which the values, abilities and skills of each individual member are genuinely appreciated. Together we become stronger and more capable.”
Clay Michalowski, Chief Administration Officer
“At the core of my philosophy is a simple idea - If you want a more diverse culture, hire more diverse people. Although the idea is a simple one, bringing it to life takes intentional action at every level of our organization and it is an intentionality that I’ve empowered every team member to adopt. I am committed to building an organization that is diverse in every way.”
Michael Hofherr, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
“Having a diverse team allows us to leverage a wide range of perspectives and strengths, it pushes us to consider new ideas and approaches, and creates an environment where we can learn from people from a range of backgrounds, lifestyles and experiences. This brings important new strategies and visions to our team. ”
Liv Gjestvang, Associate Vice President of Learning Technology
“The threats to our information come from many places and people, and take many forms.  Having a team that is diverse – in thought and experience – makes us better able to complete our mission, and helps keep the university information safe.”
Helen Patton, Chief Information Security Officer
“Diversity for me means bringing together people with differently-wired brains, whose thinking has been influenced and shaped through a broad range of life experiences, to solve problems in unique, delightful and impactful ways. The end result for me is a portfolio of services that truly meets the needs of the people it was designed to serve, and a work environment that energizes and empowers its employees.  ”
Diane Dagefoerde, Deputy Chief Information Officer

Bringing Our Culture to Life

Our Culture Team is made up of volunteer representatives across OCIO, ODEE and Enterprise Security. These individuals are selected because they embody our culture and lead by example. Each is committed to excellence in our culture. The culture team leads a number of activities, including:

  • Managing our annual Voice of the Employee survey
  • Overseeing the Group Mentoring Program
  • Planning and coordinating our quarterly Rewards and Recognition events

Gratitude

We have a strong culture of gratitude and we love saying thank you! Did someone do something nice for you? We have Thank It Forward note cards you can send them to show your appreciation! If mailing a card isn’t your thing, take advantage of our electronic Kudos program, that adds your feedback to the informaiton that is displayed with their picture on the OCIO/ODEE online organizational chart. We take pride in giving our team members a rewards and recognition system that allows them to show their coworkers that they are appreciated. We love teamwork and collaboration. Give us a great idea on where we can improve or what programs we should consider adding, and we will do our best to make it happen.  

Charitable Giving

Staff and students within OCIO and ODEE participant in charitable giving in a variety of ways. Through university-wide initiatives like the Campus CampaignBucks for Charity and Pelotonia, members of the OCIO and ODEE communities work together to achieve fundraising goals set forth by the organizations and by the university.