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Council on Diversity and Inclusion

2021-2022 Schedule of Events

 

Throughout the year at Ohio University Southern there are a variety of diversity and inclusion events. For more information about any of the events, please contact:
 
Robert Pleasant
Associate Director, Office of Student Services
740.533.4608
 
*To request an ASL interpreter or other accommodation, to attend any of these events, please contact Teresa McKenzie at mckenzt1@ohio.edu or Robert Pleasant at pleasanr@ohio.edu no later than one week before the event.

Fall 2021 Semester Events:

August 2021

Finding “The Pause”: Using Mindfulness To Cope With Stress

It seems stress is a part of our everyday lives, more so now than ever. This makes it even more important that we learn to find “the pause.” This workshop will focus on mindfulness and strategies for living in the present as a way to manage our everyday stress.

FACILITATOR:  Michelle Meese, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist, Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital, Huntington, WV

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 4:30pm-5:30pm

CONTACT: Dr. Kristi Barnes, barnesk@ohio.edu, 740-533-4547 or Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740.533.4600

Watch Recorded Event

September 2021

Writer’s Series: Cynthia Mendenhall

Committed to creating and living a life of audacious adventure, Cynthia Mendenhall loves to encourage and challenge others to do the same.  She writes nonfiction--sometimes several titles at once. Currently, her focus has landed on: “Don’t Die ’til You’re Dead” and “Sixty by Sixty”; the latter a fun adventure list. Once captive to religion and fear, Cynthia teaches others to embrace and enjoy the true freedom and abundant life Christ offers.

She is an entertaining speaker, a Certified Christian Life Coach, a survivor of an ambush divorce, hosts women’s spiritual retreats, and has published three books in her Spunkify Series.  Cynthia lives simply with an untamed succulent, a shiny blue pitcher, and an unlimited amount of spunky hope. A few of her favorite things are riding her cruiser bike and shoving off onto sunset floats in her lime green kayak named Earl. She sneaks away often on all sorts of adventures, taking notes along the way.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 1:00pm
LOCATION: Join the Zoom Meeting
CONTACT: Barbara Costas- Biggs, costas@ohio.edu, 740.533.4649

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Ohio University Southern will be posting content to recognize and honor Hispanic and Latino American heritage, culture, and contributions to the US. Please visit our display in the Campus Library and check our campus calendar for updates on events.

DATE: September 15-October 15

LOCATION: OHIO Southern Campus Library

CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600

Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion

Ohio University Southern hosts the 7th Annual Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and other safety measures, the conference will be a completely virtual experience. This change will not diminish our purpose or goal of fostering dialogue and collaborative learning.  To learn more about this week-long conference, please visit www.tristatediversityandinclusion.com. Registration is now open for the conference. The event collaborates between Ashland Community and Technical College, Marshall University, Morehead State University-Ashland, Mountwest Community and Technical College, University of Rio Grande, Ohio University Southern, and Shawnee State University.

DATE/TIME: Monday, September 20 - Friday, September 24, 2021

LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom

REGISTRATION:  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER     

CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600

October 2021

Pink Week

This week will focus on the celebration of cancer survivors and the remembrance of loved ones who have been lost to cancer, raising awareness of breast cancer and nurturing hopes for the prevention and eradication of the disease. Events:

  • October 4-10 - Visit our informational table set up in the OHIO Southern Campus Library on the second floor of the Collins Building.
  • October 4-10 - We’re asking all faculty, staff, and students to Go Pink.  Wear your pink to show your support of breast cancer survivors and in remembrance of those we’ve lost.
  • Register to participate in the Ohio University Southern Bobcats for a Cure virtual 5k run/walk to raise money for Breast Cancer research and prevention – October 9th-10th.  Registration is available at https://www.tristateracer.com/event.php?RaceID=11439.   For more information, contact Jacki Adkins at adkinsj@ohio.edu

DATE/TIME: October 4-10, 2021

LOCATION: Ohio University Southern

CONTACT: Shannon Frazee, Undergraduate Student Assistant, sf356218@ohio.edu or 740.533.4600

I AM… Micah McCarey

Micah McCarey currently serves as the director of Ohio University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center, part of Ohio University’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion. He has been a part of the Ohio University and Athens communities since beginning undergraduate studies in communication in 2003. He proudly shares the story of his Ohio University transformative learning experience, emphasizing the topics of identity development, well-being, diversity, inclusion, social justice, personal strengths, and decision-making.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm

LOCATION: Virtual via Microsoft Teams
REGISTRATION: Register online to receive information about how to join this session.

CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740.533.4600 or Dr. Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu

Clothesline Project: Fighting Violence Against Women

In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Clothesline Project will once again be displayed at the Ohio University Southern Campus in the OHIO Southern Art Gallery. Beginning in Cape Cod in 1990, the Clothesline Project was started to address the issue of violence against women; it is a vehicle for women affected by violence to share their experiences by decorating a t-shirt. Decorated t-shirts are hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as a witness to the problem of violence against women. Over the years, the project has spread worldwide. Please join us throughout the week as we honor those who have overcome violence and abuse and remember those who have lost their lives to it. If you would like to decorate a shirt, please visit the Ohio University Southern Library.

DATE/TIME: October 18-22, 2021

LOCATION: OHIO Southern Art Gallery located in the Dingus Building

CONTACT: Shannon Frazee, Undergraduate Student Assistant, sf356218@ohio.edu or 740.533.4600

Writer’s Series: Ivy Whaley

Ivy Whaley was born and raised in the small town of Ironton, Ohio. She recently became a first-time published author with her book “Everything I Wanted to Say, but Now It’s Too Late: The World Is Ending,” a collection of poetry and prose she began writing amidst the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. She is a 2020 graduate of Ohio University, with her associate’s degree in electronic media and her bachelor’s degree in English, focusing on creative writing.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 1:00 pm

LOCATION: Join the Zoom Meeting

CONTACT: Barbara Costas- Biggs, costas@ohio.edu, 740.533.4649

A Campus Conversation with Yi-Ting Wang

This Campus Conversation focuses on amplifying AAPI voices and addressing anti-Asian violence.  Yi Ting Wang will discuss the factors contributing to the Anti-Asian sentiment and how these issues impact our communities. Yi-Ting holds an MA from National Taiwan University. She was a Fulbright scholar, and her doctoral work at Duke University was on transatlantic literature in the long 18th century. She is also an alumna of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. She currently serves as a Graduate Writing and Research Center Tutor at Ohio University.

DATE/TIME: Friday, October 22, 2021, 1:00pm-2pm
LOCATION: Virtual via Microsoft Teams 

REGISTRATION:  Register online to receive information about how to join this session.
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740.533.4600 or Eric Brown, browne4@ohio.edu, 740.533.4562

Veteran and Military Tribute Wall

The Veteran and Military Tribute wall will be displayed on the lobby walls of the Bowman Auditorium to recognize the service of Ohio University Southern connected veterans, active duty, reserve members, and guardsmen.

DATE/TIME: Friday, October 29, 2021- Monday, November 15, 2021, 2:00pm

LOCATION: Bowman Auditorium in the Collins Center at Ohio University Southern

CONTACT: Dr. Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu  740.547.3875 or Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu

Missing Man Table

The Missing Man Table is decorated at the entrance of the café. It acts as a memorial that is set up in honor of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service members.

DATE/TIME: Friday, October 29, 2021- Monday, November 15, 2021

LOCATION: Bowman Auditorium in the Collins Center at Ohio University Southern
CONTACT: Dr. Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu  740.547.3875 or Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu

An Afternoon of Fear: Small Spaces

Join Ohio University Southern’s Career Coach—and amateur horror scholar—Eric Brown for an afternoon of fear and fun as we explore five new frightful true horror stories in the third annual An Afternoon of Fear. This year, we will descend into the topic of small spaces. From claustrophobic caverns to people living in the walls, these stories are sure to unsettle you just in time for Halloween!

DATE/TIME: Friday, October 29, 2021, 3:00pm- 4:00pm

LOCATION: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

CONTACT: Eric Brown, browne4@ohio.edu, 740.533.4562

November 2021

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Throughout the month of November, Ohio University Southern will be posting content to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the contributions of Native people. 

DATE: November 1-30, 2021

CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, Associate Director- pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600

The Warrior Tradition

Join us for a viewing of “The Warrior Tradition” from PBS. “The Warrior Tradition,” tells the astonishing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and largely untold story of Native Americans in the United States military. Why would Indian men and women put their lives on the line for the same government that took their homelands? The film relates the stories of Native American warriors from their own points of view – stories of service and pain, courage and fear.

For remote viewing, please visit:  https://www.pbs.org/video/the-warrior-tradition-fkaz4h/

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 12:00 pm

LOCATION: OHIO Southern Library – Collins Building

CONTACT: Shannon Frazee, Undergraduate Student Assistant, sf356218@ohio.edu or 740.533.4600

A Thousand Voices

Join us for a viewing of “A Thousand Voices” from PBS. From the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” this is a documentary that builds from thousands of voices to present one universal story of New Mexico’s Native American women. 

For remote viewing, please visit: https://www.pbs.org/video/a-thousand-voices-ivvvsd/

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 1:00pm

LOCATION: OHIO Southern Library – Collins Building

CONTACT: Shannon Frazee, Undergraduate Student Assistant, sf356218@ohio.edu or 740.533.4600

¡Conversemos! Lunch & Learn

Join us as we explore the history and importance of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexican culture.

DATE/TIME:   Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 1:00pm- 2:00pm

LOCATION:  Virtual Via Zoom

REGISTRATION:  Register online to receive information about how to join this session.

CONTACT:  Tim Mollett, Professor of Instruction -mollett@ohio.edu or Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740.533.4600

Veterans Day Tribute

We will host a celebration ceremony to commemorate and honor OUS Veterans, active military, National Guard, and Reserve members. The celebration will include a documentary about the Quilts of Valor program produced and filmed by Ernie Hall. The documentary will feature Dr. Kim Keffer and members of her quilting guild as well as presentations of quilts to veterans in the region. The program is open to the public.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 4, 2021, 11:30 am-12:30 am

LOCATION: OHIO Southern, Bowman Auditorium (Collins Building)

CONTACT: Dr. Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu  740.547.3875 or Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu

I AM…Josh Blanton

Joshua Blanton is the Plant Manager of Vesuvius (a supplier to the steel industry), an adjunct professor of Marketing at Marshall University, and a Commissioner for the City of Ashland. He shares his story of growing up in a lower-middle-class household and experiences with his family’s opioid abuse issues. He also shares his journey of understanding and education concerning social issues such as racial equality and sexual orientation.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm

LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom

REGISTRATION: Register online to receive information about how to join this session.

CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu or 740-533-4600

We Are What We Eat: How food shapes our culture

Join us for a discussion centering around international food, family, and literature and how it informs our worldview.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 1:00pm- 2:00PM

LOCATION:  Virtual via Zoom

REGISTRATION:  Register online to receive information about how to join this session.

CONTACT: Tim Mollett, Professor of Instruction -mollett@ohio.edu or Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740.533.4600

Writer’s Series: Barbara Biggs

A reading to celebrate the launch of Barb’s first book.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 1:00 pm

LOCATION: Join the Zoom Meeting
CONTACT: Barbara Costas-Biggs, costas@ohio.edu, 740.533.4649