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​The Ohio State University joins Ohio Business Competes Coalition

The Ohio State University has joined the statewide Ohio Business Competes Coalition.

Ohio Business Competes is a nonpartisan coalition of businesses committed to achieving nondiscrimination policies at the state level in order to attract the best talent, to increase business-to-business and business-to-consumer relationships, and to grow Ohio’s economy.

In 21 U.S. states, consumers and employees are protected from being denied jobs, housing and services based upon perceived sexual orientation/gender identity. Ohio is not one of these states.

President Michael V. Drake said the university is dedicated to building and maintaining an inclusive community to reflect human diversity and improve opportunities for all.

"Our university derives great strength from bringing together outstanding individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences," said Drake. "Diversity sparks innovation, strengthens cultural understanding, amplifies creative work, broadens scholarly benefits to society and produces more competent workers and thinkers."

The university does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment and admission.

Ohio State joins more than 200 businesses, universities and organizations that are part of the coalition.

To learn more about the coalition, visit http://ohiobusinesscompetes.org