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Staff

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Global Engagement (EDGE) is located at 1945 N. High St., 163 Arps Hall, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Our phone number is 614.292.1936. EDGE staff can answer your questions diversity programs, initiatives and research.


Noelle Arnold, Assoc Dean - EDGE, Equity, Diversity, and Global Engagement

Noelle Witherspoon Arnold is an associate professor and the director of the EdD in Educational Administration program in the Department of Educational Studies. A former administrator at the district and state level, she has served as a consultant for National Public Radio and throughout the United States advising districts in school improvement, culture and race mediation, STEM leadership for education and teaching and leading in urban and rural contexts. She is currently president of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and the first African American female to serve in this capacity for UCEA.

Arnold has more than 40 publications and her articles have appeared in leading educational journals, including the Teachers College Record, International Journal of Leadership in Education, The Journal of Negro Education, International Journal of Educational Reform and the Journal of Educational Administration. She has nine books published or in-press including most recently the Handbook of Urban Educational Leadership. Arnold serves as the series editor of New Directions in Educational Leadership.

Arnold is currently conducting two studies on student health disparities and the role of leadership in school/community-based health clinics and educational leadership in crisis and disaster areas.


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 EDGE, Ryann has been charged with collaborating with EHE EDGE 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.



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.