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Summer Institute for Diversity Education

About SIDE

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion will hold the 9th annual Summer Institute for Diversity Education (SIDE) May 15 – 18, 2018. 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.

The 2016 SIDEers

Program 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:

  • Empower the participants with resources and professional networks to provide diversity programming to their campus and local communities
  • Engage the participants in multimodal learning activities to create a heightened awareness of how historical, social and structural dimensions affect contemporary intergroup relations
  • Provide the participants with experience serving as diversity educators

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.

Facilitator Biography

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.

Dr. Mark Orbe facilitating the 2016 SIDE group

Participant Outcomes

SIDE participants have facilitated a number of diversity education initiatives on campus for faculty, staff, students and the surrounding Athens community, such as:

  • Athens Town Hall Meeting on diversity and civility
  • Brown Bag Series designed for OHIO employees
  • Cultural Competence Training with Select Groups: Student Teaching about Racism in Society, Sports Administration, Tutoring Services and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
  • Diversity Essentials, a joint initiative between Diversity and Inclusion and University Human Resources (UHR) Leadership and Staff Development intended for select university units and community members
  • Division of Student Affairs, Conference Style Divisional

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.

Registration & Payment

  • Registration for SIDE
    • Registration for 2018 is now closed. If you have an OHIO ID, you will use that to log into OrgSync once you follow the registration link. If you do not have an OHIO ID, you will be asked a couple additional questions once you follow the registration link.
  • Payment for SIDE will be managed through the Office of the Bursar
    • Your registration fee of $300.00 ($450.00 for non-OHIO faculty, staff and students) covers access to all sessions, a resource manual, opening night dinner, daily continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.
    • The registration fee is non refundable.
  • Key points to note before registering:
    • The number of available spaces is limited to 25 participants.
    • Due to high demand, if you have successfully attended and completed SIDE in the past, you are ineligible for this year's training.
    • You must be present for the entirety of the program. Any amount of absences or missed sessions will result in removal from the SIDE training.
    • The program has been approved for 3 continuing education units (CEUs) by eLearning OHIO to those who wish to obtain this recognition for participation. It is your responsability to notify Amanda Graham at the completion of your training to recieve this credit.

SIDE 2018 Registration Is Now Closed.

2018 SIDE Agenda

Tuesday, May 15
5:30-6:00 p.m. - Registration
6:00-8:30 p.m. - Training
(dinner will be provided)

Wednesday, May 16
8:00-5:15 p.m. - Training
(breakfast and lunch will be provided)

Thursday, May 17
8:00-5:15 p.m. - Training
(breakfast and lunch will be provided)

Friday, May 18
8:00-5:15 p.m. - Training
(breakfast and lunch will be provided)

Hotel Information

SIDE is partnering with Fairfield Inn & Suites to offer a discounted room rate of $99/night plus tax to all SIDE participants. To make a room reservation, please call Fairfield Inn & Suites at (740) 589-5839 and mention SIDE to receive the discounted rate.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
924 East State Street
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 589-5839

SIDE Training Site/Location

Ohio University - Athens Campus
Human Resources
Human Resources Training Center Room 141
169 W. Union St.
Athens, OH 45701

Executive SIDE is a 5 hour group training session with Dr. Orbe for executive Ohio University staff. This session is designed to help executive staff members bring diversity into their leadership roles. It is a shortened version of our Summer Institute for Diversity Education. Executive staff are strongly encouraged to attend SIDE.

Contact Information

Alicia Chavira-Prado