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Diversity 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
Director of Student Services and
Coordinator of Diversity and Multiculturalism


MLK Interfaith Dialogue: A Conversation on Faith & Race
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 28 @ 6:00pm
Location:  Bowman Auditorium

The number of people from diverse Faith backgrounds is growing, and there is far more that unites people of different faiths and denomination’s than divide them.  This annual Interfaith Dialogue, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will provide a platform for understanding and respect.  With the ultimate goal of the platform for interfaith understanding and respect; a platform for interfaith understanding and respect; coming together in pursuit of social justice, human dignity and constructive action on behalf of the common good of all citizens.
For more information contact Robert Pleasant at 740.533.4608 or
OUS Envision Access Conference: Supporting Students with Disabilities in the Tri-State
Date: March 24, 2017 - Time: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location:  Ohio University Southern

The first Envision Access Conference is an opportunity for member of the Tristate region to increase awareness and understanding of trends in addressing the needs of students with disabilities.  Keynote speaker: Dr. J. W. Smith, Ohio University Scripps College of Communications.

Expectations and Goals
1.    Create a networking event that helps to foster working relationships between guidance counselors, interventions specialists, and higher education accessibility/disability services administrators
2.    Accessing and embracing the use of technology.
3.    Learn best practice related to students with disabilities.
4.    Develop community connections to increase educational attainment for students with disabilities.
For more information contact Teresa McKenzie at 740.533.4622 or Robert Pleasant at 740.533.4608 or click here for the Envision Access Conference webpage.
Share your “I Am” photos via social media! Be sure to use the tag #OUSouthernIAM_ regardless of whether you’re using Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. If you also want to mention Ohio University Southern in your post, we’d appreciate it! 
Twitter @OUSouthern
Instagram @ousoutherncampus
Facebook @ohiouniversitysouthern
If you have any questions regarding the I AM… campaign please contact Robert Pleasant at or Traci Tillis at



Love Your Body 2017

Love Your Body
Health & Awareness Fair
February 23rd
10am – 2pm
Riffe Center Mains Rotunda


Organizations attending this year's Love Your Body fair:

  • Preferred Fitness
  • Bellefonte Primary Care
  • Eternal Yoga
  • Southern Ohio Wellness Center
  • Community Hospice
  • Ironton City Health Department
  • Lawrence Co Health Department
  • We Care Medical
  • Clean Eatz
  • Domestic Violence Task Force
  • ACTION Psychology Club
  • CONTACT Rape Crisis Center
  • OU Equine Therapy
  • Shawnee Mental Health
  • Family Guidance
  • Land of Goshen
  • River Park Hospital
  • OUS Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Moxie Massage & Spa
  • VA Medical Center Suicide Prevention Services
  • Disability Club
  • Accessibility Services
  • Financial Planning
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center




Women of Appalachia Project 8th Annual “Women Speak”
Ohio University Southern is pleased to host the 8th Annual Women of Appalachia Project (WOAP) “Women Speak” performance, an evening of juried poetry, story and song, featuring artists from throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. The event will be held in the Riffe Center Rotunda on March 31, 2017, at 6pm.
Women of AppalachiaAccording to the founder, Kari Gunter-Seymour Peterson, the mission of WOAP is to showcase the way in which female artists respond to the Appalachian region as a source of inspiration, bringing together women from diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences to embrace the stereotype – to show the whole woman; beyond the superficial factors that people use to judge her.
Along with Ohio University Southern,1804 Liberty Ave, Ironton, OH 45638, the work of the twenty-eight spoken word artists, poets, storytellers and musicians will be performed at five other venues throughout Ohio and West Virginia; Parkersburg Art Center, Bowen House in Logan, Ohio University Multicultural Center, Athens Campus; the esteemed Columbus Poetry Forum, Bossy Grrls on High Street; and a final performance at The Pump House Fine Arts Center, Chillicothe, OH.
Renée Stewart sings “The Sound of Lonely” at The Bowen House;When asked how living in Appalachia has influenced her life and therefore her art, West Virginia poet and song writer, Jeanne Bryner says, “We moved to Ohio from West Virginia when I was about four years old. The housing my folks could afford was in the projects. We were a one-industry town: a steel mill. When it went under in 1973, the underpinning of our community evaporated. Long before I learned the terms, I felt the impact of deindustrialization and displacement. Everything I write examines courage, for it takes a toll to arm wrestle this world with only a good heart and common sense.”
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Doors open at 5:30pm. The presentation is free to the public. There will be a short reception immediately following the performance. Refreshments will be served.
For more information go to or visit WOA on Facebook at For questions, email



For more event information please contact Robert Pleasant at 740.533.4608
In case of inclement weather events will be rescheduled at a later date.
Please visit the OUS website at for cancellation information.