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OHIO UNIVERSITY SOUTHERN OFFICE OF STUDENT SERVICES & COUNCIL ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

2017-18 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
Director of Student Services and
Coordinator of Diversity and Multiculturalism
740.533.4608

 
Constitution Day Event
For the 230th Anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution, the OUS History Club has planned a series of events throughout the week.  Come join us for fun, food, and celebrate the freedom we get to experience every day!

DATE/TIME:  September 18-21, 2017
LOCATION:  Ohio University Southern
DEPARTMENT:  History Department / OUS History Club
CONTACT:  Deborah Marinski, Associate Professor of History—marinski@ohio.edu, 740-533
4637 or Ambrosia McKenzie, OUS History Club President— am761614@ohio.edu, 740-547-
3834

Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion
This conference is designed to celebrate individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, to share dialogue, and to engage in critical thinking exercises to enhance multicultural awareness. Learn more about the conference by visiting www.tristatediversityandinclusion.com. Registration is now open for the conference. The event is a collaboration between Ashland Community and Technical College, Lindsey Wilson College, Marshall University, Morehead State University, Mountwest Community and Technical College, Ohio University, and Shawnee State University.

DATE/TIME:  Friday, September 22, 2017, 8:00am-3:00pm
LOCATION:  Shawnee State University
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 750-533-4608

 

I AM…
Local South Point teacher Susan Jaime will be discussing her parents’ journey to the United States, first traveling to California and later Ohio. From here, Jaime will detail her experiences growing up in Southern Ohio as a Mexican-American, her success in being the first member of her family to earn a college degree, and her struggles in not coming out as gay until she was 24. Come join us in the Student Resource Commons to hear about her journey and celebrate her success.

DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 12:30pm-1:30pm
LOCATION:  Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
DEPARTMENT:  Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT:  Tim Mollett, Associate Lecturer of Spanish—mollett@ohio.edu, 740-547-3789 or Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

 

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 pleasanr@ohio.edu or Traci Tillis at tillist1@ohio.edu

9th Annual Women of Appalachia Project

Women Speak
Ohio University Southern is pleased to host the 9th 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 October 13, 2017, from 6 - 9pm.

Art Exhibit
The Women of Appalachia Juried Exhibition will be held
September 21 - October 27, 2017, with the opening reception held on Friday, October 13, 6pm.
9th Annual Women of Appalachia
According 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 artists, poets, storytellers and musicians will be performed at venues throughout Ohio and West Virginia.
Click here for the full 2017-18 Women of Appalachia performance schedule (PDF).
 
The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information go to www.womenofappalachia.com or visit WOA on Facebook at facebook.com/WomenofAppalachia. For questions, email womenofappalachia@gmail.com


Pink Week
This week will focus on the celebration of cancer survivors, 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. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to wear pink each day of the week. An informational table will be set up in the Mains Rotunda from 11:00am-3:00pm on Thursday, October 12.

DATE/TIME:  October 9-13, 2017
LOCATION:  Ohio University Southern
DEPARTMENT:  Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT:  Ambrosia McKenzie, Undergraduate Assistant—am761614@ohio.edu, 740-547-3834

 

 

OUS 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. This training will explore different ways to embody inclusive allyship for people of all orientations, genders, identities, sexualities, and levels of being out. SafeZone Training focuses on using inclusive language, sensitive dialogue, and opening pathways of communication with LGBT people. For more information on SafeZone training, you may visit the following website: https://www.ohio.edu/lgbt/programs/safezone.cfm. Please note: If you wish to attend this session, you must preregister with Robert Pleasant (see contact information below).

DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm
LOCATION:  Caucus Room—Academic Center
DEPARTMENT:  Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608 or
Ambrosia McKenzie, Undergraduate Assistant—am761614@ohio.edu, 740-547-3834

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. 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 world-wide. 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 Student Resource Commons-Success Center in Collins.

DATE/TIME:  October 17-20, 2017
LOCATION:  Student Resource Commons Success Center
DEPARTMENT:  Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT:  Ambrosia McKenzie, Undergraduate Assistant—am761614@ohio.edu, 740-547-
3834 or Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

Domestic Violence Awareness Event
In partnership with the Lawrence County Domestic Violence Task Force, Ohio University Southern will host an event in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This event will provide an opportunity for abuse victims to share their experiences together, sending a powerful message of courage, hope, and survival.

DATE/TIME:  Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:30pm
LOCATION:  Bowman Auditorium—Collins Building
DEPARTMENT:  Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

Mental Health Fair
At this event, several local campus and community agencies will be available to discuss the services they provide for meeting a variety of behavioral and mental health needs. This is an excellent opportunity for students to network and learn more about local service providers.

DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 1:00pm-4:00pm
LOCATION:  Mains Rotunda—Riffe Center
DEPARTMENT:  Psychology Department / Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT:  Kristi Barnes, Associate Professor of Psychology—barnesk@ohio.edu, 740-533-
4547 or Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead
All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are marked throughout Mexico by a broad range of customs, varying widely according to the ethnic roots of Mexico’s diverse regions.  The Day of the Dead is an ancient tradition meant to honor the memories of those who have touched our lives.  Join us for the unveiling of the altar and seasonal refreshments.  Feel free to bring a picture or object representing a loved one to place on the altar (no originals, please).
                                             
DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017
LOCATION:  Mains Rotunda—Riffe Center
DEPARTMENT:  Council on Diversity and Inclusion / Spanish Department
CONTACT:  Tim Mollett, Associate Lecturer of Spanish—mollett@ohio.edu, 740-547-3789

Veterans Day Tribute
The Veterans Day is to honor those who served and make up the veteran community at Ohio University Southern, including faculty, staff, students, and the community. The Director of Veterans Services Center, retired USAF SMSgt (E-8) Dave Edwards, M. Ed, will be speaking at the ceremony. The Ironton High School Varsity Singers, Paul G. Blazer JROTC Honor Guard, and Huntington VAMC will also participate.  A Meet & Greet is scheduled for 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm immediately following the Veterans Day Tribute.
 
DATE/TIME:  Thursday, November 9, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm
LOCATION:  Bowman Auditorium—Collins Building
DEPARTMENT: Council on Diversity and Inclusion / Student Resource Commons Veterans
Services
CONTACT: Teresa McKenzie, Accessibility and Veterans Services Coordinator—mckenzt1@ohio.edu, 740-533-4622

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.  Ohio University Southern will be sponsoring activities and events to be held throughout the week in recognition of International Education Week.  The highlight will be an International Education Awareness Fair that will be held on Thursday, November 16th in the Mains Rotunda from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

DATE/TIME:  November 13-16, 2017
LOCATION:  Mains Rotunda—Riffe Center
DEPARTMENT:  Council on Diversity and Inclusion / Spanish Department
CONTACT:  Tim Mollett, Associate Lecturer of Spanish— mollett@ohio.edu, 740-547-3789

I Am…
Ohio University Southern’s own instructor, Walter Mayo, will be diving into the history of his family, beginning in the American Civil War and continuing through both the experiences of his parents and himself. Through each of these eras, Mr. Mayo will discuss the effects of being a person of biracial heritage, detailing both the grace of inclusion and the hate of exclusion. Come join us in the Student Resource Commons to hear about his journey and celebrate his success.

DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION:  Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
DEPARTMENT:  Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608 or Ambrosia
McKenzie, Undergraduate Assistant—am761614@ohio.edu, 740-547-3834

 

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 pleasanr@ohio.edu or Traci Tillis at tillist1@ohio.edu
Gateway to Success
The Gateway to Success program is designed to assist students with disabilities in preparation for transition from high school to post-secondary education. Staff from OHIO’s Student Accessibility Services office will facilitate the Gateway to Success program with assistance from students with disabilities currently attending Ohio University Southern. We hope to encourage a better understanding of the process of selecting a career and identifying post-secondary programs, getting financial assistance, and how support services for students with disabilities work.

DATE/TIME:  Friday, December 8, 2017, 8:00am-3:00pm
LOCATION:  TBD
DEPARTMENT:  Office of Student Accessibility Services & Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT:  Teresa McKenzie, Accessibility Coordinator—mckenzt1@ohio.edu, 740-533-4622
 

 

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 www.ohio.edu/southern for cancellation information.