Veronica Cody of Somerset, Ohio, and Rebecca Trowbridge of Thornville, Ohio, have both been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University, according to a news release. To earn dean’s list recognition, Ohio Wesleyan students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in all applicable classes.
Cody was also elected as the first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and the first director of diversity and inclusion for the Panhellenic Council. These positions are both new positions and affirm Ohio Wesleyan’s commitment to the principle that its students have a right to be free from acts of bias, hate, discrimination, and harassment. The Panhellenic Council created the position, which will be one of the nine officers representing member organizations. The council is also responsible for reporting to the National Panhellenic Conference.
Cody is a junior and a triple major – politics and government, pre-law, and Black world studies – and plans to attend law school.
“During this time of great change, I am so proud to have a seat at the table to make change so that other marginalized peoples who come after me can have seats at the table. This a first step to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are woven into the fabric of who we are,” Cody said. “With the establishment of the Summer Bridge program in 2018 and now these new positions, I am confident that we are creating a welcoming and successful environment.”
Cody was a counselor for a unique program at Ohio Wesleyan called the Summer Bridge program. This is a three-week, credit bearing residential experience program designed to equip marginalized students with the skills to thrive at OWU. Incoming freshmen participate in a classroom experience designed to strengthen their quantitative, qualitative, and critical thinking skills, while gaining key insights and resources across the university. The program focuses on first-generation, low income, students of color and LGBTQIA students.
Cody is a 2018 graduate of Sheridan High School and is the daughter of Cliff Cody and Amy Beck-Cody of Somerset and the granddaughter of Theresa Beck and the late Ron Beck of New Lexington.