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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. University students, faculty, staff, and Athens community members can bring thoughts to share about any topic that is important to them, and also can come to grow their perspective or simply practice listening to what fellow community members have to say.

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.


As a way to continue the dialogue of past Open OHIO conversations, art exhibits will tour the University and surrounding community. These exhibits are based on past Open OHIO discussions and will provide opportunities for further interaction and collaboration. More information coming soon.


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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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