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“As little as 30 minutes in the Open OHIO conversation space will allow you to connect with others in a way that helps restore our community health and builds an important foundation for tackling the challenges presented by our rapidly changing world. You have a say in what happens next.”

Sarah C. Davis, Founder and Lead Coordinator of Open OHIO
Associate Professor, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

Open OHIO provides a place and time to engage in face-to-face communication with people from different walks of life. Bring your thoughts to share about any topic that is important to you, but come also to learn about the experience of others or just to practice listening to what your fellow community members have to say.

This is an entirely commitment-free opportunity for you to engage in what’s going on around the Athens community and in the world. Your thoughts and ideas are valuable; this forum will allow everyone to share, learn, and grow. Conversation in small groups will culminate in a multidisciplinary campus-wide art installation based on weeks of conversation that you can help shape. Read more about the creation of Open OHIO.

Look for Open OHIO on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. in the open spaces of Baker Center starting September 11. There will be cookies and coffee!

Open OHIO is sponsored by the Office of Instructional Innovation, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Division of Student Affairs, and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Questions about Open OHIO can be directed to Sarah Davis, associate professor in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.


Open OHIO is seeking proposals for an original, collaborative work of art that includes perspectives from multiple disciplines on the concept “Navigating Turbulence.” The deadline for submissions is December 1; notification of acceptance will be sent December 7.


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Open OHIO is a collective effort of a lot of people, but these are some of the facilitators that are making it happen right now:

Laura Black

Geoff Dabelko

Stephanie Howe

Chris Knisely

Lesli Johnson

Marsha Lewis

Meg Little

Loraine McCosker

Connie Patterson

John Schmieding

Rachel Siegel

Susan Urano

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