The Ohio University Office of Diversity, Access, and Equity will host "The Diversity Exchange: Knowledge, Understanding & Action" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.
The event will feature a panel drawn from a cross section of Ohio University and local community members who will discuss the benefits of a diverse environment.
Questions to be addressed include what is diversity, how has the perception of diversity changed from generation to generation, how will the growing global diversity impact the future and how can knowledge of diversity shape people into stronger future leaders.
Vice Provost for Diversity, Access and Equity Brian Bridges said the event will spark an open dialogue that will ensure that both the university and local communities have a better understanding of the meaning of diversity, its benefits and how to take action.
"The world is quickly transforming as a result of globalization and that makes diversity an important topic to understand," Bridges said. "There are innumerable positive benefits people can gain through a more diverse environment and this event will encourage the community to take major steps toward achieving a diverse environment."
The current list of panelists includes
- Thomas Costello, president and CEO of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion
- Judith Grant, director of women's and gender studies, professor of political science
- Adrienne Isgrigg, Ohio University graduate student
- Vincent Jungkunz, assistant professor of political science
- Alex Maza, Ohio University undergraduate student
- John Schmieding, director of Athens Area Mediation Service
- Amritjit Singh, professor of English and African American studies
- Joan Weston, assistant professor of African American studies
- Christina Wright, Ohio University graduate student and former NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Office intern