Our values and acknowledgments
The Department of Mathematics at OSU sees its role within the framework of a land-grant public research university as helping to create and promote knowledge in mathematics and to prepare all students with the mathematical literacy necessary to succeed in the modern world. As such, we acknowledge systemic failures within higher education, at OSU, and the mathematics community, to engage Black, Latinx, and Indigenous peoples, as well as other traditionally underrepresented groups in mathematics.
We commit to listen, learn, and evolve so that we can identify and change the systems and structures that contribute to this lack of inclusiveness. Our goal is to create a climate in which people from any background feel invited and welcome to join in creating and promoting knowledge and the appreciation of mathematics. By establishing a welcoming community of faculty, staff and students, in all their departmental roles, that draws on the diversity present in the state, the country, and the world, we can develop and share meaningful mathematical ideas that equip and empower our students with the tools for success at OSU and beyond.