From our first female graduate, Florence O’Leary, in 1891 to H. Elise Austin, the first African American to graduate in 1930 (who later served as the first African American woman Assistant Attorney General for Ohio), we are proud of our tradition of fostering an intellectually challenging and diverse learning environment. We also continue to lead and innovate with the nation’s first joint JD/Master’s in Women’s Studies degree program begun in 1995 and our new Race, Gender and Social Justice Clinic which opens this year.
As a public research university, UC recognizes a very broad and inclusive concept of diversity that includes commonly recognized considerations such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability status, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and regional or national origin. The University has a Diversity Council that helps to shape and implement new ideas to foster an even more welcoming and supportive environment for all. UC also established a Non-discrimination policy in the late 1970’s which it continues to support and enhance today.