The Office for Diversity and Inclusion will hold the 7th Annual Summer Institute for Diversity Education (SIDE) summer 2016 on May 17th - May 20th. The first program of its kind in southeastern Ohio, SIDE is a 30-hour curriculum session that uses intercultural communication techniques to promote cross-cultural learning and builds diversity education and facilitation skills.
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. While based on a college campus and targeting college and university faculty, staff and students, SIDE is open to community members as well.
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:
The Institute further demonstrates Ohio University's (OHIO) commitment to diversity among its students, faculty and staff while recognizing that our differences contribute to our strength as an academic institution.
Participants are strongly encouraged to facilitate diversity education training sessions after the 2015 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.
SIDE facilitator, Dr. Mark P. Orbe, is 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.
SIDE participants have facilitated a number of diversity education initiatives on campus for faculty, staff, students and the surrounding Athens community.
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.
SIDE is partnering with Ohio University Inn to offer a discounted room rate of $95/night to all SIDE participants. To make a room reservation, please call the Ohio University Inn at (866) 593-6661 and mention SIDE to receive the discounted rate.
Ohio University Inn
331 Richland Ave
Athens Ohio, 45701
Ohio University Human Resources and Training Center (HRTC) Room 141/145
Executive Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion
308 Cutler Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701