Kathy Lechman, who was CFAES’ assistant dean of equity and inclusion before joining Ohio State’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, has returned to the college to serve as assistant dean and director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, effective Oct. 13. As our former assistant dean, Lechman was successful in laying the groundwork to improve our DEI structure, and now brings new experiences and insights from her two years at the Kirwan Institute.
“In her appointment, we have someone familiar with our college and many of our people as well as someone aware of both the challenges and opportunities in making CFAES a more inclusive and equitable place,” CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress and Senior Associate Dean Tracy Kitchel said in an Oct. 5 announcement.
“Dr. Lechman’s return will minimize any loss of momentum and provide quick stability to our CFAES DEI efforts. Dr. Lechman’s immediate charges will be to update her understanding of our college, assemble a diversity advisory council of faculty, staff and students, and outline and implement an internal audit of the college. Over her first year, she will be charged with coordinating the efforts in developing a blueprint for our DEI work.”