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


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
“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


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.