Dr. Tayo Clyburn is the Executive Director of Mission and Strategic Partnerships in The Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. He joined ODI in 2010 and works with collaborative diversity initiatives, facilitating relationships between ODI and academic and services units, as well as partners throughout the Columbus community. Dr. Clyburn promotes diversity and inclusion at Ohio State by assessing university diversity practices and data trends and working with senior leaders to advocate for institutional change. Prior to joining ODI, Dr. Clyburn coordinated the Program for Arts and Humanities Development, a nine-week summer institute at Ohio State that brought together faculty and student scholars from underrepresented groups from a range of disciplinary and institutional locations.
Dr. Clyburn earned his MA and PhD from Ohio State’s Department of English where his work focused on Critical Race Theory and Post-Civil Rights African American literature, specifically studying the ways African American writers portray the impact of colorblind/post-racial discourse on the lives of Black people.