Jan 31, 2013
By Chealsia Smedley
Diversity Essentials, a joint initiative between the Ohio University Office for Diversity and Inclusion and University Human Resources Leadership and Staff Development, is back for spring semester.
The initiative consists of four interactive cohort sessions. The sessions include large and small group discussions, as well as hands on exercises to foster a conversation about diversity to raise awareness and increase inclusion. The first session will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
"The goal of Diversity Essentials is to engage both campus and community members in a dialogue about issues related to diversity and inclusion," said Stephanie Sanders, assistant director in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.
The sessions are each three hours long and will be based on such themes as recognizing cultural identity, global village, how perceptions shape diversity and marginalization and privilege.
"Through interactive sessions, participants are able to develop and draw awareness to the unique differences within the OHIO community as well as the Athens community," said Sanders.
In the fall cohort, participants included employees from Graduate College and University Libraries.
"Session evaluations indicate that the overall experience for cohort participants is positive and most reported feeling the environment was "safe" due to participants meeting more than once," said Sanders of the fall cohort.
The cohorts are uniquely formatted to gradually increase in interaction and content with each session, as well as promote community development. Therefore, to achieve the greatest success, participants are encouraged to attend at least three out of the four cohorts.
Diversity Essentials is open to Ohio University units as well as members of the community.
For more information or to apply for the Diversity Essentials cohort, contact Stephanie Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.