The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE) is located at 1945 N. High St., 163 Arps Hall, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Our phone number is 614.292.1936. DICE staff can answer your questions diversity programs, initiatives and research.
Ryann Randall, Assistant to the Director
Ryann Randall, Assistant to the Director of the EHE Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement in the College of Education and Human Ecology, is committed to initiatives that center equity, justice, diversity and inclusion throughout the college and local community. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Retail Studies from the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Recently, she was accepted into the Masters of Arts program in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Her future plans include, earning a graduate degree with a focus on diversity, justice, multiculturalism and equity studies in order to design arts- and community-based programs for young people in urban contexts. With her background in design and art, her commitment to leadership and educational equity, and her investment in community-based experiences, Ryann is interested in examining the connections between students of color and their ability to learn through creative arts, design technology, aesthetic expressions and other mediums.
As Assistant to the Director of the EHE DICE, Ryann has been charged with collaborating with EHE DICE team members on a number of key initiatives, including: promoting college-wide book conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion, co-designing a mentoring program for Black girls and women, and participating in a research project, under Dr. Valerie Kinloch's guidance, on "Oral Histories and Digital Technological Literacies in Jamaica." These experiences will afford Ryann an opportunity to gain the hands-on experiences needed to understand the complex relationship between digital technologies and underrepresented populations as she seeks to build opportunities for urban youth to participant in valuable and productive programs.
Tanja Burkhard, Research Assistant
Tanja Burkhard is a doctoral student and Research Assistant to Dr. Valerie Kinloch in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the Ohio State University. Her research interests focus on race, immigration, language, and theories of decolonization. As a German citizen born to a Jamaican mother, she has been interested in the educational experiences of women from across the African diasporas. Through her studies of German, English and French Linguistics and Translation Studies in her undergraduate career, Burkhard was able to develop a deep understanding of language structure and ideologies. This understanding was strengthened and expanded in her master's degree in Applied Linguistics, which she received from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. The focus of her master's studies was on the phonological, syntactic and sociolinguistic aspects of Jamaican Creole and Maroon languages in Jamaica, as well as German phonology and Teaching English as a Second Language.
In her work as a foreign language and ESL teacher, Burkhard has taken an international approach to teaching, which most recently has afforded her the opportunity to teach at Attatürk University in Erzurum, Turkey. Her current studies in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State center race and language, with a focus on the American context and through a transnational feminist lens. In a conference presentation at the annual conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA), Burkhard recently presented a paper titled, "You don't have to go home, but you can't teach here: Black immigrant women in U.S. academia." Burkhard is co-directing a new student-focused, college-based initiative referred to as the Graduate Student Diversity Network (GSDN). In addition, she represents the College of Education and Human Ecology as a delegate on the Council of Graduate Students.
Halima Alhassan, Graduate Student Assistant
Halima Alhassan is a doctoral student in school psychology at the College of Education and Human Ecology. Halima's research interests include implementing classroom interventions for teachers, such as diversity training, acculturation as it relates to African immigrants (ELL students) transitioning into and out of grade school and assessment evaluations as it relates to cultural discrepancies (i.e. overrepresentation of African American males in special education). Alhassan, a native of West Africa, works very diligently with the EHE Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement in welcoming minorities and international students.
Carlotta Penn, Research Assistant
Carlotta Penn is a third year doctoral student in the Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education program in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. She is also a member of the Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male 2015-2016 Bell Fellows cohort. Her teaching and research interests are in adult English language education, Critical Race Theory, and Social Justice Education. She seeks to center social justice education in adult English language classrooms, in part, by investigating how sharing personal narratives can open up opportunities for students and teachers to explore issues of identity, power, belonging, and equity. A veteran educator, Ms. Penn has taught English courses domestically and internationally, in K-12, college, and private school classrooms. She has also taught university courses, including Diversity in Education, Urban Education, and Comparative Studies. In these spaces, her commitment to student advocacy and social justice continues to deepen. Outside the classroom, Ms. Penn has held board and administrative positions for government and community organizations, and was co-founder of a charitable organization, in Columbus, OH. In her current position as Research Assistant to Dr. Valerie Kinloch, Ms. Penn focuses on race, literacy, and justice, and assists in developing initiatives in the College of Education and Human Ecology Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement.