Congratulations to Jonathan Osborne for receiving a Diversity Scholars Fellowship at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Jonathan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English, and a former graduate assistant to CSDI initiatives from 2015 to 2018. Jonathan’s research interests focus on black conservative rhetoric. His study examines how black conservatives articulate themselves and discuss policies in a public discourse to find the rhetorical methods they use. Jonathan is currently completing a dissertation project titled “Difference Within Difference: A Study of Modern Black Conservative Rhetoric,” under the direction of Professor Ellen Cushman, Professor of English and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion in CSSH.
Jonathan will begin his one-year appointment at Ithaca this Fall where he will dedicate time to his dissertation writing and teaching. This diversity fellowship at Ithaca College aims to support promising scholars committed to diversity in the academy and to better prepare them for future academic careers. “I am looking forward to starting this fellowship. It is a great opportunity to connect with scholars outside Northeastern. I hope to learn from others’ perspectives on my ideas and help strengthen the argument in my writing,” said Jonathan.
Working within college and university-wide diversity and inclusion efforts has contributed to Jonathan’s study at Northeastern. For Jonathan, it is vital to think of populations who are marginalized or historically underrepresented when talking about diversity and inclusion. He sees black conservatives as one of those marginalized groups. Before coming to Northeastern, Jonathan worked in Multicultural Affairs at the University of New England, where one of his many duties included creating and facilitating workshops to increase student’s cultural competency around issues of race, gender, sexuality, and class.
During his appointment with the Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion, Jonathan provided assistance to the college’s recruitment efforts by facilitating events and meetings and collaborating on a series of diversity and inclusion themes within the university. In 2017, Jonathan co-organized the GO! (Grappling with Oppression) Engaged Discussion Series with a Student Affairs team. This training series was developed for staff members within the university to address around issues of diversity and oppression at the workspace. After piloting with staff members from Student Affairs, the program is now available to all staff members of the university.
“I appreciate the opportunity to work and connect with different colleagues and staff members in the university,” Jonathan finds, “which helps me to see the inner mechanisms of the university and think about where I can best apply my ability to support diversity and inclusion efforts.” In the future, Jonathan will help improve faculty diversity and inclusion efforts in the academy.