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Ohio University Southern

Council on Diversity and Inclusion

2020-21 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.

Spring 2021 Semester Events:

January 2021

29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. CommUNITY Celebration


Join the Ohio University Southern community as we take time to pause and reflect on the work and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy while rededicating ourselves to creating a more just and inclusive future for all.  This virtual event will feature music, inspirational dance, words of unity, the announcement of our 2021 Writing Contest winners, a special tribute to healthcare workers, and much more.

DATE/TIME:  Monday, January 25, 2021
LOCATION: Will be aired on the Ohio University Southern television station and posted on social media sites controlled by the University.
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600 or Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu

Meet the 2021 MLK Writing Contest Winners


Dr. Hayley Haugen, Professor, Arts & Sciences and MLK Writing Contest Coordinator will announce the Ohio University Southern Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Contest winners. Students were asked to write a poem on a contemporary social topic involving peace or protest that they felt would have gotten Dr. King’s attention were he still alive today. During this presentation, students will share their work with us.
    
DATE/TIME:  Week of January 25
LOCATION: Pre-Recorded Event.  It will be aired on the Ohio University Southern television station and posted on social media sites controlled by the University. To view the video of the 2021 MLK Writing Contest Winners please visit https://www.ohio.edu/southern/events-southern/mlk
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600 or Dr. Hayley Haugen, haugen@ohio.edu

February 2021

Reflections:  Where Do We Go from Here

Can knowing the past guide us to the future? Join us as we speak with four area residents about their thoughts on race.  They will share their personal experiences, thoughts on current divisions, and the path moving forward.  Guests for this series include Rev. Larry Sivis, Bernice Henry, Dr. Salome Nnoromele, and Rev. Margaret Tyson.

DATE/TIME: Pre-Recorded Event. To view the videos of Reflections with Reverend Larry Sivis and Reflections with Reverend Margaret Tyson please visit: www.ohio.edu/southern/events-southern/reflections.

CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600 or Dr. Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu


A Conversation with Young Leaders

In honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we strive to highlight those in the community who are doing the hard work of social justice. Dr. King said, “the time is always right to do what is right,” and “our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” and the year 2020 was a year where we needed those messages like never before. During the summer of 2020, we witnessed a change in the continued fight for social justice as young people across cultures and races began speaking up and acting to have their voices heard and stop the silence that allows injustice to continue. Locally, we have our young activists who decided to step out of their comfort areas, cross-racial lines and speak up for those who have been lost. We saw them speak aloud the names of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Atiatana Jefferson, and too many more to count in Dr. King inspired marches. Join Dr. Teresa McKenzie as she sits down with some of the area’s young leaders and activists, Reece Stager, Austin Johnson, and Langley Sabastian, to discuss their perceptions, experiences, advice on being anti-racist, and their call to lead others.  

DATE/TIME:  February 1
LOCATION: Pre-Recorded Event.  It will be aired on the Ohio University Southern television station and posted on social media sites controlled by the University.
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600 or Dr. Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu


MLK Interfaith Dialogue: Finding Our Common Ground

To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ohio University Southern will host an annual dialogue with faith leaders. The InterFaith Dialogue aims to create and strengthen a sense of community by bringing together individuals and organizations of various religions.  This dialogue will focus on faith communities’ role in embracing racial diversity, establishing relationships, and understanding diverse beliefs and traditions.
PANELIST:  Rev. Margaret Tyson, Pastor, Quinn Chapel AME Church, Ironton, OH.; Nasir Abdussalam, Imam of the Islamic Association of Charleston, WVa.; Rabbi Robert D. Judd, B’nai Sholom Congregation, Huntington, WVa.; and Father G. Marc Bentley, Holy Family Catholic Church and Catholic School, Ashland, Ky.

MODERATOR:  Dr. Kristi Barnes, Associate Professor, Psychology
DATE/TIME: February 4, 2021, 4:00pm
LOCATION: Virtual

CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600 or Dr. Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu


Love Your Body Health Expo

“Love Your Body” goes virtual in 2021!  On Friday, February 11, you will be able to participate in five virtual, one-hour workshops scheduled at different times of the day.  These workshops were open to all students, faculty, and staff. Visit https://www.ohio.edu/southern/events-southern/lyb to see recorded videos of all five workshops.


DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 11
LOCATION: Virtual event.
CONTACT: Mary Ann Wymer, wymerm@ohio.edu or at 740-547-3877 or Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu or 740-533-4608.

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 with an emphasis on the topics of identity development, well-being, diversity, inclusion, social justice, personal strengths, and decision-making.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 16 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION: Virtual
REGISTRATION:  Register here to receive information about how to join this event.
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600 or Dr. Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu

Student Accessibility Services Workshop

Through this session, participants learn about accessibility services for students, laws, responsibilities, reasonable accommodations, tips, and resources, and meet the coordinators from each campus.  Participants also have an opportunity to engage in dialogue and gain insight into the experiences of students with disabilities.
 
FACILITATOR:  Christina Perez, Director, Student Accessibility Services
DATE/TIME: February 18, 2021, 12:00pm
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600 or Dr. Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu

Campus Conversation: Understanding Bias

We all have biases that affect the way we live and work in the world.  We will define terms like unconscious bias, implicit bias, microaggressions and discuss steps to overcome biases and reject stereotypes during this conversation. Whether conscious or unconscious, understanding our own biases is the key to creating a more inclusive community.

FACILITATOR:  Dr. Shelvy Campbell-Monroe, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine & School of Pharmacy

DATE/TIME: Event recorded Wednesday, February 24. To view the recording of Campus Conversations, please visit:
https://www.ohio.edu/southern/about/conversations#bias

CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600 or Dr. Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu

March 2021

Envision Access Conference

The conference is devoted to increasing awareness in addressing the needs of students with disabilities. Our goal is to create a positive space for the development of community connections, understanding of best practices, embracing assistive technology, and fostering working relationships between secondary and post-secondary institutions and community organizations. The conference will provide sessions and keynote speakers, CEU credits, and college credit and is open to the public.  For more information visit https://www.ohio.edu/southern/events-southern/eac.  

DATE/TIME: Wednesday - Friday, March 3-5 | 9:00am and 1:00pm (two sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, one session at 9:00am on Friday, March 5)
LOCATION: Virtual Conference
REGISTRATION: Register Here
CONTACT: Dr. Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu, 740.547.3875 or Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu

I AM…Oreatha Murray 

The 2020-21 I AM…Speaker Series features Oreatha Murray, the recruiter for Ohio University Southern. She will be sharing her personal experiences about overcoming adversity, the challenges, and the benefits of being a non-traditional, first-generation student and growing up in a strong Appalachian culture. She will share encouragement and motivation that helped her press through stereotypes and traditions. 

DATE/TIME: Thursday, March 18, 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION:  Virtual Event
REGISTRATION:  Register here to receive information about how to join this event.
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740.533.4600

Celebrate Women: Celebrating 15 Years of YOU!

It’s that time again!  This year the theme to commemorate our 15th anniversary is Celebrating 15 Years of YOU!  Ohio University Lancaster and Ohio University Southern are partnering for a full day of speakers/sessions. The 2021 Keynote Speaker will be Allison Levine, and her presentation is Surviving (and Thriving) in Unsettling Times.  Alison Levine knows what it’s like to survive (and thrive) in the world’s toughest environments.  There will be at least 22 sessions/presentations throughout the day. Celebrate Women is a major annual event hosted virtually this year by Ohio University Lancaster and Ohio University Southern, and sponsored by the Alumni Association, the ohiowomen program, the College of Business, Ohio University Multicultural Center, The Ohio University Women’s Center, Fairfield Medical Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and the Women’s Center.  For more information, please visit:
https://calendar.ohio.edu/event/celebrate_women_2021_15_years_of_celebrating_you.ics

DATE/TIME: Friday, March 19, 2021, 8:30am-4:30pm
LOCATION:  Virtual via Zoom
REGISTRATION:  This event is free (registration required).  Registration will be opening soon!
CONTACT: If you have questions, please feel free to email dawes@ohio.edu.  

APRIL 2021

Campus Conversation: What Would You Do?

James Baldwin said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”  We have all been there… You hear or see something from a friend, coworker, or family member that your gut tells you is racist, and no matter how badly you want to respond, you don’t know-how.  This campus conversation will provide tools for personal reflection and strategies to engage in meaningful and useful dialogue in addressing uncomfortable situations.

FACILITATOR:  Mr. Marcquis T. Parham, Assistant Director, Career and Leadership Development Center for Hospitality, Merchandising, and Recreation, Career Services
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 14 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION: Virtual
REGISTRATION:  Register here to receive information about how to join this event.
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600 or Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu

JUNE 2021

Building Bridges Summer Institute

Ohio University Southern is thrilled to provide Tri-State area students with a unique and exciting learning experience that spans leadership and diversity topics.  The 2021 Building Bridges Summer Institute (BBSI) focuses on self-reflection, building community, and engagement. The institute will include a select group of 30 students from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.  Led by a team of trained facilitators, BBSI will help students to identify with their own culture, become informed about other cultures, and dialogue on current topics.
To participate, high school students must be entering 9th through 12th grades or be a 2021 graduating senior. Students must pre-register to be accepted.  For more information or to register, please visit our website at www.ohio.edu/southern/bbsi.

DATE/TIME: Monday, June 21
LOCATION: Virtual
REGISTRATION:  Coming Soon
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600 or Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu

JULY 2021

“Where I’m From”: Virtual Summer Writing Program

The “Where I’m From”: Virtual Summer Writing Program is offered by Ohio University Southern at no cost to participants. This workshop is designed to instruct participants in the art of creative writing and expression. Based around George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From,” participants will write their own version as either a poem or a flash-fiction piece. Facilitators will coach students on proper poetry and fiction techniques to foster a community of creative writers. Participants will be asked to present their final draft in a virtual Writer’s Theater Teams Live Event.

DATE/TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Teams Meeting Link TDB
CONTACT: Eric Brown, browne4@ohio.edu, 740.533.4562 / Barbara Biggs, costas@ohio.edu, 740-533-4649

 

*To request an ASL interpreter or other accommodation to attend any of these events, please contact Dr. Teresa McKenzie at mckenzt1@ohio.edu or Robert Pleasant at pleasanr@ohio.edu no later than one week before the event.

 



Veterans Day Tribute (Thursday, November 5, 2020)

To celebrate and honor OUS Veterans, active military, National Guard, and Reserve members, we hosted a celebration ceremony. The celebration included a presentation of the colors by Ashland Paul G. Blazer High School JROTC and a guest speaker: Tim Hill. The program was open to the public.

LOCATION: Virtual Event 
CONTACT: Dr. Teresa McKenzie, mckenzt1@ohio.edu,740.547.3875

*To request an ASL interpreter or other accommodation, to attend any of these events, please contact Dr. Teresa McKenzie at mckenzt1@ohio.edu or Robert Pleasant at pleasanr@ohio.edu no later than one week before the event.