On May 7th and 8th, 2010 the Ohio University Office for Diversity and Inclusion hosted its first ever conference: Building Community Through Diversity Initiatives. This undergraduate research conference was supported by an 1804 grant. It brought together a community of students from all Ohio University campuses to present their work on diversity, multiculturalism, intersectionality, and identity. The 2011 research symposium was hosted at the Ohio University Lancaster campus.
The objective of this conference is to cultivate a community of students who are interested in diversity and identity issues, facilitate cross-campus interactions and learning, and provide unique opportunities for undergraduate learning and research. Most importantly, it provides an opportunity for students from all Ohio University campuses to interact with like-minded peers in a social and intellectual setting.
The world continues to grow increasingly diverse. Many people do not understand what diversity is or how to deal with it in their lives. This conference is an opportunity for students to share their approach to understanding issues related to diversity, intersectionality, multiculturalism and identity. It is our hope that this will make university constituents more aware of and inclusive regarding diversity issues. We look forward to seeing Ohio University and regional campus faculty, staff and students attending future conferences to discuss and learn about the value of a diverse environment.
For more information regarding this conference, please call 740-593-9625.
Read more about the 2010 Diversity Conference in Ohio University Compass.