Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

History of the Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART) »

During winter quarter 2006, Student Life Vice President Rich Hollingsworth and Vice Provost for Minority Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer Mac Stewart, initiated discussions on how to effectively respond to two bias incidents: the Drackett Tower letters (Columbus) and Oprah Winfrey Facebook postings (ATI Wooster). The President's Cabinet confirmed the need for a response team in fall 2006.

A year later, Vice President Hollingsworth and Vice Provost Stewart charged a team of eight, diverse staff and faculty members (initially called the "Diversity Consultation Team") to create a process for coordinating university responses to hate and bias-related incidents that impacted the university community.

Eventually, the eight core members evolved into and became the Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART). Below is the charge that was given to the team:

BART Team’s Charge (approved by President's Cabinet)

  1. Develop, implement, and continuously improve a voluntary mechanism(s) for members of the university community to report hate-based incidents.
  2. Identify and make referrals to established mechanisms for addressing acts of harassment, discrimination, and violence as appropriate.
  3. Coordinate communication about reported incidents and the resolution/response with individuals, groups, offices, or other stakeholders on and off campus who are impacted by the incident.
  4. Monitor and, when necessary, follow up on departmental responses to hate-based incidents.
  5. Document and monitor patterns of incidents and inform appropriate academic and academic support leaders so that policies, practices, and programs may be reviewed and modified to improve response to and reduce or eliminate hate-based behaviors.
  6. Make recommendations to senior university leadership on the nature and timing of the larger institutional response to hate-based incidents.
  7. To the extent required by law, respect the privacy and maintain the confidentiality of individuals involved in discrimination, harassment or violence.

About Us

BART is primarily managed and maintained by the Office of Student Life, and reports through Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, Senior Vice President for Student Life.

For questions about BART members, or reporting and convening processes, please email Dr. Todd Suddeth, Senior Executive Director of the Student Life Multicultural Center, at suddeth.1@osu.edu.

Core Team

The following individuals are the Core Bias Assessment and Response Team. Based on the nature of the situation various people from this group will be involved in BART responses. This team may refer cases on to other departments or call on the supplemental team when needed.

Name Department
Hannah Simonetti BART Program Specialist
Julius Mayo Residence Life
Kristi Hoge Human Resources
Todd Suddeth Multicultural Center Executive Director
Anne Schira Office of Legal Affairs
Kellie Brennan Office of Compliance
Krystal Reeb Student Conduct
Jen Pelletier Student Activities
Kellie Uhrig Student Life Chief of Staff

Supplemental Team

The following individuals serve in a secondary capacity; and, assess particular incidents and situations based on their expertise in relation to their professional employment within the campus community.

Name Department
Scott Lissner American Disabilities Act Coordinator
Melinda Benson Clery Act – Office of Compliance
Micky Sharma Counseling and Consultation Services
Recreational Sports
Megan Lawther Office of International Affairs
Tayo Clyburn Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Dilnavaz Cama Off Campus and Commuter Services
Ohio State Campus Police
Jennifer Irwin Student Advocacy
Donna Hight OSU Mansfield
Shawn Jackson OSU Marion
Vorley Taylor OSU Newark
Shane McCrory OSU Lima
Ruth Montz OSU ATI/WOOSTER