SIDE Training

Summer Institute for Diversity Education 2015

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About SIDE

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion will hold the 7th Annual Summer Institute for Diversity Education (SIDE) summer 2016, dates to be determined. The first program of its kind in southeastern Ohio, SIDE is a 30-hour curriculum session that uses intercultural communication techniques to promote cross-cultural learning and builds diversity education and facilitation skills.

Launched in 2009, SIDE is designed to promote cross-cultural understanding and inclusiveness, while addressing the needs of campus, local and regional professionals who are interested in and committed to advancing mutual understanding and cultural competence. While based on a college campus and targeting college and university faculty, staff and students, SIDE is open to community members as well.

2015 Agenda Highlights

SIDE is designed to empower and train participants to effectively manage cross-cultural communication, implement diversity programming and facilitate diversity education opportunities. The curriculum includes low, moderate and high level experiential learning exercises followed by facilitation processing. Specific learning outcomes include:

  • Empower the participants with resources and professional networks to provide diversity programming to their campus and local communities
  • Engage the participants in multimodal learning activities to create a heightened awareness of how historical, social and structural dimensions affect contemporary intergroup relations
  • Provide the participants with experience serving as diversity educators

The Institute further demonstrates Ohio University's (OHIO) commitment to diversity among its students, faculty and staff while recognizing that our differences contribute to our strength as an academic institution.

Intended Audience

Participants are strongly encouraged to facilitate diversity education training sessions after the 2015 Summer Institute. Upon completion of the 30-hour curriculum participants will receive a professional development certificate in diversity training, and earn 3 continuing education units.

Facilitator Biography

SIDE facilitator, Dr. Mark P. Orbe, is an internationally known educator, author and consultant/trainer. He is currently a faculty member at Western Michigan University in the School of Communications, where his areas of expertise include interpersonal communication, communication and diversity, and intercultural communication. His expertise in culture and communication, and knowledge of southeastern Ohio have led to this uniquely designed program which seeks to increase the understanding of how enhancing facets of diversity will positively impact Ohio, the Midwest and the nation.

Participant Outcomes

SIDE participants have facilitated a number of diversity education initiatives on campus for faculty, staff, students and the surrounding Athens community.

  • Athens Town Hall Meeting on diversity and civility
  • Brown Bag Series designed for OHIO employees
  • Cultural Competence Training with Select Groups: Student Teaching about Racism in Society, Sports Administration, Tutoring Services and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
  • Diversity Essentials, a joint initiative between Diversity and Inclusion and University Human Resources (UHR) Leadership and Staff Development intended for select university units and community members
  • Division of Student Affairs, Conference Style Divisional

Throughout the year certified trainers continue to implement professional development plans developed during SIDE by facilitating various diversity education initiatives and incorporating SIDE principles into classroom pedagogy.

Registration (full)

  • A registration fee of $450.00 ($300.00 for Ohio University Employees) covers access to all sessions, resource manual, an opening dinner, daily continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack
  • The program has been approved for 3 continuing education units (CEUs) by eLearning OHIO to those who wish to obtain this recognition for participation
  • Interested participants should register and make hotel reservations. If you have any questions, please call (740) 593-2617.
  • SIDE 2015 Registration is closed. SIDE 2016 Registration dates TBD.


Hotel Information

SIDE is partnering with Holiday Inn Express to offer a discounted room rate of $95/night to all SIDE participants. To make a room reservation, please call the Holiday Inn Express at (740) 592-4640 and mention SIDE to receive the discounted rate. All room reservations must be made by April 18th, 2015 to receive the discounted rate.

Holiday Inn Express                       
555 East State St             
Athens Ohio, 45701                         
(740) 592-4640                                                 


SIDE Training Site/Location

Ohio University Human Resources and Training Center (HRTC) Room 141/145

Contact Information

Amanda Howery                       
Administrative Associate             
Provost Office                         
313 Cutler Hall                              
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701                         
(740) 593-2617                    

Susanne B. Dietzel                   
Director, Women's Center                                  
403 Baker University Center                            
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701                         
(740) 593-9626