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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
Director of Student Services and
Coordinator of Diversity and Multiculturalism


September Events

Tri-State Conference on Diversity & Inclusion-“Beyond Diversity”
With several participating universities and Marshall University hosting, the second annual Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion will be held this September in Huntington, West Virginia. 

A day long conference complete with breakout sessions, panel discussions, and a keynote speaker, this event is designed to help participants in the development of a working definition of diversity and inclusion, an increased self-awareness of their own culture, and a fuller understanding of how inclusion practices influence and enhance the workplace and larger community. 

This year’s keynote speaker is Mr. Tim Wise, a nationally known diversity speaker who has spent decades speaking to audiences on themes of diversity and inclusion.  Mr. Wise has spoken in all fifty states on over 1,000 college and high school campuses and at hundreds of academic and professional conferences.  CEU and university credit will be offered.
DATE/TIME: Friday, September 11th, 8:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant (740-533-4608 or
COST: $40—professionals, $15—students


Constitution Day Event
In honor of Constitution Day, September 17th, Dr. Deborah Marinski and the Ohio University Southern History Club, together with the Office of Student Services and the O.U. Southern Library, are sponsoring a week-long celebration during which students, faculty, and staff will be able to view a replica of the original U.S. Constitution. 

This replica will be housed in the Mains Rotunda where people will be able to add their own signatures to the document should they choose to do so. Additionally, the Library will be displaying a variety of sources throughout the week related to the Constitution, its writers, supporters, and opponents. 
DATE/TIME: Monday, September 14th—Friday, September 18th  
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern, Mains Rotunda & Library
DEPARTMENT: Council on Diversity and Inclusion, History Department
CONTACT: Dr. Deborah Marinski (740-533-4637 or
Brett Eastburn: No Boundaries
In response to several requests from faculty and students, the always energetic and enthusiastic
Mr. Brett Eastburn will be joining us again this year to share his inspiring story. Brett was born with no arms or legs, but more importantly, he believes that he was also born with no handicaps!  It is our privilege to welcome him back to OU Southern.  (
DATE/TIME: Thursday, September 24th, 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern, Bowman Auditorium
DEPARTMENT: Council on Diversity and Inclusion, OU Accessibility Services
CONTACT: Teresa McKenzie (740-533-4596 or


October Events

Clothesline Project: Fighting Violence Against Women
In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Clothesline Project will once again be displayed on the Ohio University Southern campus.  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, this project has spread world-wide.  Join us throughout the week as we honor overcomers of violence and abuse and remember those who have lost their lives to it. 
DATE/TIME: Monday, October 5th—Friday, October 9th
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern, Shaffer Courtyard (weather permitting)
DEPARTMENT: Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant (740-533-4608 or; Aaron Hanshaw
Domestic Violence Awareness Event
In partnership with the Lawrence County Domestic Violence Task Force, Ohio University Southern will host a series of events in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Through these opportunities, abuse victims can share their experiences—together sending powerful messages of courage, hope, and survival.
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, October 6th, 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern, Bowman Auditorium
DEPARTMENT: Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant (740-533-4608 or; Aaron Hanshaw (
SafeZone Training
SafeZone is an ally training program for students, staff, faculty, and community members designed to help raise awareness about the dynamics of gender and sexual orientation.  SafeZone training will explore different ways to embody inclusive allyship for people of all orientations, genders, identities, sexualities, and levels of being out.  Each training lasts two hours and focuses on using inclusive language, sensitive dialogue, and opening pathways of communication with LGBT people.  You must preregister for this event (see the contact information listed below). (
FACILITATOR: delfin bautista, Program Coordinator, OU LGBT Center
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 14th, 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. 
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern, Collins Building—Ohio Room
DEPARTMENT: Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant (740-533-4608 or; Aaron Hanshaw (
LGBTQA Spirit Day
In 2010, many people across our nation designated a day in October as LGBTQA Spirit Day, a day to honor those who have taken their own lives due to homophobic abuse and violence.  In addition to remembering those who have died, this day also serves as an opportunity to show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face bullying and abuse that there is a vast community of people who support them.   OUS will continue this tradition on October 15th by encouraging faculty, staff, students, and community members to wear purple, the symbol of spirit on the LGBTQA Rainbow Flag.
DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 15th
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern
DEPARTMENT: Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant (740-533-4608 or; Aaron Hanshaw (
GO Pink! Breast Cancer Awareness
This week will focus on celebrating cancer survivors, remembering those we have lost, raising awareness, and nurturing hope for the prevention and eradication of breast cancer. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to wear PINK Monday through Thursday of this week. Informational tables will set up in various sites on campus. Door prizes will be given out during the Resource Fair on Thursday, October 23rd, for those who have worn pink and registered for prizes in the Office of Student Services. Students may register once per day.
DATE: Monday, October 20th-Thursday, October 23rd
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant (740.533.4600 or or Michelle Dotts (740.547.3874 or
Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead
November 1, All Saints Day, and November 2, All Souls Day, are marked throughout Mexico by a plethora of intriguing customs that vary widely according to the ethnic roots of each region. The Day of the Dead is an ancient tradition meant to honor the memory of someone who touched our lives. Join us for the unveiling of the altar and treats. Feel free to bring a picture or object representing a loved one to place on the altar (no originals).
DATE/TIME: October 27th – October 31st (open to public)
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern – Ironton, Mains Rotunda
CONTACT: Tim Mollett, OUS Spanish Instructor (


November Events

Frank J. McCown Lecture Series: Veteran’s Day Tribute
DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 6th, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern – Ironton
CONTACT: Mary Ann Wymer (740.547.3877 or
International Education Week
International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. ( OUS will be sponsoring activities and events will be held throughout the week in recognition of International Education Week.
DATE/TIME: November 17th – 21st
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern – Ironton
CONTACT: Tim Mollett, OUS Spanish Instructor (740.547.3789 or; Robert Pleasant (740.533.4600 or
Diversity Film and Lecture Series: The Cherokee Word for Water
The Cherokee Word for Water is a feature-length motion picture that tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. It is inspired by the true story of the struggle for, opposition to, and ultimate success of a rural Cherokee community to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of “gadugi “– working together to solve a problem. In honor of Native American History Month, join us for a screening of the film, followed by discussion and conversation led by Dr. Rebecca Fletcher, adjunct faculy, OUS. This event is free and open to the public.
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, November 19th, 5:30 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern—Ironton, Bowman Auditorium
CONTACT: Dr. Rebecca Fletcher ( or Michelle Dotts (740.547.3874 or

Additional Events (on Athens Campus)


Hispanic Heritage Month: Enrique Morones
Enrique Morones, Border Angels: Supporting Immigrants Founder of the humanitarian organization Border Angels, Enrique Morones, provides support and relief (most notably through water stations in the desert) to migrant workers on the US-Mexican border. He wants Americans to know the truth about the people behind the immigration policy debates -- both the migrants, and the political factions who would keep them out.
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 1st, 7 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University—Athens, Baker Center Theater
CONTACT: Multicultural Center (740.597.2110 or
American Indian Heritage Month: Anton Treuer
Dr.Anton Treuer, Executive Director, American Indian Resource Center, has a B.A. from Princeton University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is Editor of the Oshkaabewis (pronounced o-shkaah-bay-wis) Native Journal, the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language. Dr. Treuer has sat on many organizational boards and has received more than 40 prestigious awards and fellowships. Dr. Truer will lead a lecture entitled “Change the Mascot”.
DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 13th, 7-9 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University—Athens, Walter Hall Rotunda
CONTACT: Multicultural Center (740.597.2110 or