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Spots available for the first Summer Institute for Diversity Education

Registration ends Friday

A few spots remain available in the first-ever Ohio University Summer Institute for Diversity Education (SIDE), which takes place July 27-30 at the Human Resources and Training Center on the Athens campus.

The cost of the program is $500, which includes access to all sessions, an opening dinner, daily continental breakfast, daily lunch, and a resource manual. Registration has been extended and will be open until 5 p.m. Friday, June 23.

The first program of its kind in southeastern Ohio, SIDE is a 30-hour curriculum session focused on the positive impact of diversity at OHIO and the southeastern Ohio region. Participants will receive a professional development certificate in diversity at the end of the event.

SIDE is designed to empower and train participants in the art of effective diversity programming on campus and in local communities. The institute includes several panels and many different activities that address diversity and its impact upon the area. Session topics include cultural identity pyramid, small group dynamics and facilitating difficult discussions.

SIDE begins on Tuesday with registration, an opening dinner and a training session. President Roderick J. McDavis will speak during the dinner.

The idea for SIDE was created in 2009 amid discussions between Vice Provost of Diversity, Access and Equity Brian Bridges and OHIO alumnus Mark P. Orbe, an internationally known educator, author and consultant.

Orbe, a professor of communication at Western Michigan University, will serve as the facilitator at the training. His research areas include interpersonal communication, interracial/intercultural communication, communication theory, research methods, and gender and communication.

For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/dae/side or call (740) 593-2431.