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Registration open for Summer Institute for Diversity Education

On Thursday, the Office for Diversity, Access and Equity sent an email to the entire Ohio University community about registration for the Summer Institute for Diversity Education.

The Office for Diversity, Access and Equity will hold the 3rd Annual Summer Institute for Diversity Education (SIDE) July 8-11, 2012. The first program of its kind in southeast Ohio, SIDE is a 30-hour curriculum session that uses intercultural communication techniques to promote cross-cultural learning and build diversity education and facilitation skills.
About SIDE
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. Although based on a college campus and targeting college and university faculty, staff and students, SIDE is open to community members as well.
2012 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:

  • Empowering participants with resources and professional networks to provide diversity programming to their campus and local communities

  • Engaging participants in multimodal learning activities to create a heightened awareness of how historical, social and structural dimensions affect contemporary intergroup relations

  • Providing participants with experience serving as diversity educators  

The Institute further demonstrates Ohio University's 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 will be separated into two tracks: those with limited experience and knowledge of diversity and those with advanced experience. We strongly encourage participants to facilitate diversity education training sessions after the 2012 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

The Summer Institute for Diversity Education (SIDE) facilitator is Mark Orbe, 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 and students and the surrounding Athens community.

  • Brown Bag Series designed for OHIO employees

  • Diversity Essentials, a joint initiative between Diversity, Access and Equity and University Human Resources (UHR) Leadership and Staff Development intended for university units and community members

  • SIDE-STARS Training, an interactive training that engage members of the student group, Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS)

  • Diversity training with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

  • Athens Town Hall Meeting on diversity and civility

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.  


  • The registration fee covers access to all sessions, a resource manual, an opening dinner, and daily continental breakfast and lunch. Registration fee for Ohio University employees and students: $500; others: $800.

  • The program has been approved by eLearning OHIO to award 3 continuing education units to those who wish to obtain this recognition for participation.

  • Interested participants should register and make hotel reservations online at www.ohio.edu/dae/side. Space is limited and participation will be confirmed after registration closes on April 30, 2012­­­ at 5 pm.

SIDE training site/location
Ohio University Human Resources and Training Center (HRTC)
Room 141/145
169 W. Union Street
Athens, OH 45701         

Contact information
206 Cutler Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2431
Fax: 740.593.2867
E-mail: dae@ohio.edu