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Diversity Essentials Program has open slots

First session begins Sept. 26

Ohio University's Office for Diversity and Inclusion, which will collaborate with University Human Resources Leadership and Staff Development to host the Diversity Essentials program for the second consecutive year, is looking for participants.

Diversity Essentials is a series of four professional, interactive cohort sessions comprised of hands-on exercises and group discussions. The first session will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

"In line with the University's central purpose of intellectual and personal development, Diversity Essentials highlights the active process of how we are transforming the learning experience for campus and community constituents," said Stephanie Sanders, assistant director in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Each three-hour session explores ideas and concepts to increase the awareness of diversity and inclusion. Sessions are based on themes such as recognizing cultural identity and how perceptions shape diversity.

"The interactive workshops are designed to raise the level of diversity awareness and assist participants in gaining a better understanding of the interconnectedness of peoples and cultures, which is central for a quality educational experience and successful career," said Sanders.

The program is open to Ohio University units as well as members of the community. The upcoming cohort includes participants from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and University Libraries.

Diversity Essentials is uniquely formatted to gradually increase in content and interactivity with each session. The program aims to be an opportunity for professionals to network and link arms to improve the community. Therefore, participants are encouraged to attend at least three out of four sessions, to maximize impact.

"Identifying and implementing effective diversity educational practices at Ohio University promotes awareness and civic engagement, builds support for different social identity groups and cultivates communities of inclusive excellence," said Sanders.

To apply to become part of the Diversity Essentials cohort email Stephanie Sanders, sanders1@ohio.edu, outlining why your unit should participate in the program.