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Whether you're looking for course coverage when you're at a conference, professional trainings for your department, or want a presentation for your student group, Women's Center staff can provide you with a lecture and/or interactive workshop on sex and gender that will meet your needs. Please refer to the list below for information on our presentations, and fill out this form if you would like to make a request. If you have any issues with the form, please email womenscenter@ohio.edu.

Our workshops have been organized as introductory, intermediate, and advanced trainings. You are not required to attend any sessions in order, but you may find it helpful to start with introductory sessions. Many of these sessions are also offered publicly throughout the year. Unless otherwise noted, these sessions are available to be offered virtually.

Looking for something you can experience in your own time? Our educational videos section of the website includes recordings of sessions, including implicit bias and allyship. 

**Please note that due to staffing limitations, we will not be able to provide as many workshops for Spring 2022 as we have in past semesters. Due to limited staffing and availability for our high number of workshop requests, we ask that workshop requests are for a minimum of 20 participants. If participation for your group is lower than that number, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop at any time in order to maximize our reach with campus and community Women's Center constituents. We welcome and encourage smaller groups to collaborate with one another when requesting workshops to maximize our time together. Please note many of our workshops will be part of our main event schedule which can be found at: https://www.ohio.edu/diversity/womens-center/calendar. We encourage you and your group to attend our events and utilize our co-curricular guide to enhance your experience!** 

Introductory | Intermediate | Advanced

Introductory Sessions

Women's Center 101

Topic: What is the Women's Center and why does it exist?

Duration: For a short overview of the Women's Center, we request five minutes. However, we can provide a longer talk about the Women's Center, and the importance of our programs. Please contact us with what information you would like included and we can discuss the time needed to cover the topic.

Gender 101

Topic: This interactive workshop will ask participants to engage with social constructions of gender in order to: define gender and sex; identify consequences of strict adherence to gender roles; improve media literacy; identify when they first began to understand gender; create actionable steps to improve inclusivity and encourage freedom in gender expression.

Duration: This workshop can be tailored to fit the time allotted to us, but we recommend a minimum of twenty minutes. Ideally, this workshop lasts one hour.

Offered regularly throughout the year: Faculty and staff can register for this workshop through the Professional Development Website with OHIO Human Resources: https://www.ohio.edu/hr/professional-development/courses

What I learned growing up about gender through music

Topic: Utilizing personal moments in one’s life to reengage and reframe one’s worldview, understanding of gendered presentation, gendered self, and gender socialization, this reflective workshop on what I learned growing up about gender through music, will help participants engage in media literacy and identify the power of music as a socializing force through family, friends, and/or religion. • Consider strategies for media literacy, including analysis of lyrics, visual representations, cultivation of a fan base, and within the larger context of a band or singer’s catalogue. • Identify the means in which music may be used as a socializing force through family, friends, and/or religion • Examine how gendered norms may be challenged or reinforced through lyrics and performances of music

Duration: This workshop ideally lasts 1.5 hours; however, a shortened version may be offered to fit into 50 minute class times. 

What I learned growing up about feminism

Topic: Utilizing personal moments in one’s life to reengage and reframe one’s worldview, this workshop creates opportunity for participants to reflect on what they learned growing up about feminism. Through an examination of our perceptions of feminism through friends, family, media, and educational systems, participants will explore how their own beliefs may differ or reflect what they learned. We encourage everyone to participate in this workshop, regardless of one’s feelings towards feminism. As part of this workshop, we’ll address the complicated history and representation of feminism, and celebrate participants engaging with varying perspectives on feminism as an ideology. In this workshop in particular, we will: 1. Explore participants current understanding of what feminism represents and how their thoughts on feminism has changed or remain the same. 2. Discuss how representations and conversations of feminism within different systems or groups (education, family, etc.) may or may not have shaped your view of feminism and/or what feminism could look like or be. 3. Identify how others’ experiences with feminism may or may not be shaped by those with other intersecting identities from oneself

Duration: This workshop ideally lasts 1.5 hours; however, a shortened version may be offered to fit into 50 minute class times. 

What I learned growing up about gender and body image through media

Topic: Utilizing personal moments in one’s life to reengage and reframe one’s worldview, understanding of gendered presentation, gendered self, and gender socialization, this reflective workshop on what I learned growing up about gender and body image through media, will help participants identify the power of media as a socializing force through family, friends, and/or religion. Participants will consider strategies for media literacy, including analysis of photoshopped images and videos and their use by both celebrities and the general public and examine how gendered norms may be challenged or reinforced through the media we consume.  

Duration: This workshop ideally lasts 1.5 hours; however, a shortened version may be offered to fit into 50 minute class times. 

Career/Graduate School Mapping with Beyoncé

Topic: Utilizing the popular culture icon Beyoncé, this workshop helps participants to think about either their career path or preparing for graduate

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school. Participants can expect to create a vision board detailing their strengths, how they are currently using or could be using their strengths, obstacles in their path, and much more!

Duration: This workshop requires at least two hours, but can be offered in a modified format (1 hour) as a take home assignment, but without the vision board.

Audience:  This workshop works well for staff retreats, in senior seminars, or for the executive board of student organizations.

 

Intermediate

 

Baby, How you Feelin'?: Self-love, self-esteem, & self-care

Topic: Inspired by Audre Lorde's quote “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare," this hands-on workshop will take participants through self-reflective questions to identify stereotypes of the "superwoman" that create an unrealistic ideal that others may compare themselves to, to define moments in which self-care is needed, and identify one's support team.

Duration: 1 hour.

Audience: This workshop was developed for Housing and Residence Life residents, but is easily transferable to other populations on campus and in our community.

Crushing Imposter Syndrome: Facing Your Failure

Topic: While imposter syndrome impacts all genders within higher education (apparently most of us feel like imposters!), this workshop will evaluate the syndrome from a gendered lens, highlighting the ways in which girls are socialized to perfection. Inspired by both Valerie Young's iconic text Secret Thoughts of Successful Women and Reshme Saujani's incisive text Brave, Not Perfect, we will confront our imposter syndrome head-on with tangible tools to remind us of our value and worth.

Duration: 1-1.5 hours.

Alternative E-Learn Option: The author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women, Valerie Young, recorded a workshop with us in March 2020 as part of Women's History Month. This recording is available to Ohio University current students and employees via Blackboard. To be enrolled in the Blackboard course, please email womenscenter@ohio.edu

Gender and the Media

Topic: This interactive discussion will provide a guideline for practicing media literacy, which will then be applied to various examples of women's representation in the media. Additionally, the presenter will provide a context for understanding what demographics are most frequently represented in popular culture and how that can impact our reactions to the ways in which marginalized populations are portrayed.

Duration: This discussion can be tailored to fit the time allotted to us, but we recommend a minimum of thirty minutes. Ideally, this workshop would last for one hour.

American Association of University Women's Start Smart Salary Negotiation 

Topic: This salary negotiation workshop presents the wage gap, with a particular discussion of the gender wage gap and how to combat it by improving one's salary negotiation skills. Salary negotiation is analyzed through budgeting, salary benchmarking, and negotiation tips and tactics.

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This workshop is made possible through support from the AAUW, the Graduate College. Due to our licensing agreement, we cannot deliver this workshop on another campus that does not have its own license through the AAUW.

Duration: The full workshop is two hours. In order for participants to receive the benefits, we do require the full two hours for the workshop; however, we can do a five minute pitch for why participants should attend the workshop.

Minimum attendance: Because of the staffing requirements of this workshop, we respectfully request that all invited presentations of Start Smart have at least ten attendees. If you have any questions about this, please contact Dr. Geneva Murray at murraym2@ohio.edu.

Potential for a series: This workshop counts towards the She Leads OHIO requirements. Please talk to Women's Center staff about your participants continuing in the program.

Stay Out of Your Own Way: How Gender Stereotypes Threaten Our Success 

Topic: This workshop will help participants examine the language which they use to communicate their confidence level. We will highlight the ways in which women have traditionally undersold their skills, and develop new ways of speaking about ourselves. While the focus of the workshop is on empowering women, the skills discussed are applicable to everyone regardless of gender identity. Additionally, we encourage attendance from anyone interested in serving in a supervisory role, as it can help understand the gendered differences in communication styles you may notice from your colleagues. It's important that supervisors, Human Resources, and colleagues know how they can be supportive of empowering others.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Potential for a series: This workshop counts towards the She Leads OHIO requirements. Please talk to Women's Center staff about your participants continuing in the program.

Offered regularly throughout the year: Faculty and staff can register for this workshop through the Professional Development Website with OHIO Human Resources: https://www.ohio.edu/hr/professional-development/courses

Mentoring Women: A Toolkit for Success and Support (on hold while reformulated as a virtual event)

Topic: This interactive workshop focuses on ways to effectively mentor undergraduate and graduate women. Mentorship can be a crucial element to women's successes, and can be a personally rewarding activity for those who function as their mentors.

Duration: One and a half hours (although this can be adjusted depending on the focus requested by you; at a minimum, we request 45 minutes).

Advanced

Lifting Women Up: Cultivating Influence to Achieve Our Goals

Topic: In this session, we will articulate the internal and external barriers, including sexism and other intersecting forms of oppression, that hold us back from achieving our goals. We'll develop strategies to enable us to identify our personal board of directors, cultivate allies, and develop influence.

Duration: 1.5-2 hours.
 
Audience: This workshop was developed for faculty and staff in higher education, but is transferable to other professionals. 
 
Offered regularly throughout the year: Faculty and staff can register for this workshop through the Professional Development Website with OHIO Human Resources: https://www.ohio.edu/hr/professional-development/courses