Republican Sen. Steve Huffman speaks during a rally at Darke County GOP headquarters in Greenville, Ohio in this October 13, 2014 file photo.
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The Republican leader of the Ohio Senate, Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), has issued a rebuke to racist comments made by state Sen. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) during a committee hearing last week.

Columbus' second Chief Diversity Officer, Beverly Stallings-Johnson, started in February 2020.
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Only a few weeks into her job as the city’s second-ever chief diversity officer, Beverly Stallings-Johnson says Columbus is getting closer to its goal of a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community.

Mayor Andrew Ginther announces the selection of Tom Quinlan as the new Chief of Columbus Police, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019.
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The city's Community Safety Advisory Commission says that Columbus Police should establish an independent civilian review board to oversee any investigations into officer use-of-force, police shootings, citizen complaints and misconduct.

Earlier this year, the State Department quietly rolled out new limits on one of President Trump's favorite targets: the diversity visa lottery.

The White House made ending the program one of the "pillars" of its immigration policy proposal last year. But those proposals went nowhere on Capitol Hill.

So the administration tried something different: It is restricting who can apply for the diversity visa, in a way that advocates say will make it much harder for low-income immigrants to apply.

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A judge has ruled in favor of Harvard University in a high-profile court case centered on whether the school's admissions process forces Asian Americans to clear a higher bar to get in.

Ohio State professor Frederick Aldama, co-creator and director of SOL-CON.
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The growing racial diversity of Columbus inspired an Ohio State University English professor to create an exposition for black and brown comic artists and animators. Now in its fifth year, “SÕL-CON: The Brown and Black Comix Expo” brings together students, indie comics, exhibitors and industry insiders.

Diversity In Literary Fiction

Sep 16, 2019
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Nobel Laureate and author Toni Morrison used her voice to both empower and enlighten her readers. 

Since her death last month, many within the publishing industry have reminisced about her legacy while also contemplating the future of diversity in literature.


Last year, one in every five books were found to be published by a person of color. 


Today on All Sides, the legacy and importance of diverse voices in fiction.


Damita Brown, interim director of the Columbus Office for Diversity and Inclusion, speaks about a study of hiring practices on July 24, 2019.
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The City of Columbus announced plans to increase its work with minority- and women-owned businesses Tuesday, after conducting a study of its relationships with diverse partnerships.

Changing Societal Norms

Jul 22, 2019
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California and New York have both enacted bans of discrimination based on natural hairstyles, bringing state law more into alignment with societal norms.

In California, the law updates the definition of race, referring to hair texture and protective hairstyles, noting that hair can be a proxy for race and that rules against certain types and styles of hair associated with race is racial discrimination. 

Today on All Sides, how societal norms are established and how they change. 

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Columbus Police is hosting its first women’s recruitment webinar Tuesday as part of a push to increase the division’s diversity.

Diversity In Fashion

Jun 10, 2019
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Rihanna became the first black woman to lead a luxury fashion house in Paris when LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury goods group, in May announced that her clothing brand, Fenty, would join its family.

That also makes Rihanna the first woman to create an original brand for the French conglomerate, and the first woman of color to head an LVMH house.  

But that’s the exception, according to the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The group in January released the results of a survey that found 41% of respondents rated their fashion company 3 out of 5 on in-house diversity at their company.  

Today on All Sides, bringing diversity to the world of fashion. 

The College Board has been testing a tool that could give the millions of students who take the SATs every year a score measuring their economic hardships and other disadvantages, the nonprofit said Thursday.

The Environmental Context Dashboard includes information about students' high schools, including the rate of teens who receive free or reduced lunch, and their home life and neighborhoods, such as average family income, educational attainment, housing stability and crime.

Ohioana Book Festival in 2018.
Ohioana Library

Ruth Awad is happy about her placement in the Ohioana Book Festival—with a caveat.

Columbus Neighborhoods

Organizers of the Ohioana Book Festival, which featuring Ohio authors, say they agree with concerns that the event lacks diversity and they plan to do something about it.

Ohio Lawyers' Group Boosts Diversity Push With New Hire

Apr 22, 2019
Scales of justice
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The state's largest network of lawyers and legal professionals is increasing its efforts to diversify the legal field.