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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 2016 Events


Tri-State Conference on Diversity & Inclusion


Theme: Appalachian Crossroads: Conversations on Diversity
You are invited to join us for the 3rd Annual Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion at Ashland Community & Technical College Technology Drive Campus, 902 Technology Drive, Ashland, KY. Keynote speaker Judge Terri B. Jamison. To register please visit our website at


Date: Friday, September 9th
Time: 8:45 - 3:00 (Registration begins at 8:00)
Location: Ashland Community & Technical College - Technology Drive Campus - Grayson, KY.
Organized by: Ashland Community & Technical College, Lindsey Wilson College, Marshall University School of Pharmacy, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Morehead State University-Ashland/Morehead State University, Mountwest Community & Technical College, Ohio University Southern, Ohio University, Shawnee State University
For more information: Robert Pleasant - 740.533.4608 or
Lunch & Learn
Topic: OUS Student Accessibility Services
This brief session will help increase understanding of:
      1)  Student Accessibility Services
      2)  Why we talk about disability/accessibility
      3)  Roles of SAS, faculty and the student
      4)  And a few quick accessibility tips.
Date: Wednesday, September 14th
Time: 12 - 1
Location: Resource Commons Tutorial Zone (2nd Floor, Collins)
Facilitator: Teresa McKenzie, OUS Accessibility Coordinator
Organized by: Council on Diversity & Inclusion, Accessibility Services, Resource Commons
For more information: Teresa McKenzie - 740.547.3875 or Robert Pleasant - 740.533.4608


Constitution Day Event
The Congress, by joint resolution, has designated September 17th as "Citizenship Day" and the week beginning September 17th and ending September 23rd of each year as "Constitution Week." Public Law 108-477 contained in the recent Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 (PDF) states that "each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution."
In recognition of Constitution Day Ohio University Southern will hold a public reading of the Constitution. Faculty, staff, students, and community members will read the document in its entirety beginning at noon. Refreshments will be provided.
Date: Thursday, September 15th
Time: 12 - 1
Location: Resource Commons (2nd Floor Collins)
Organized by: History Club, Council on Diversity and Inclusion, Resource Commons
For more information: Dr. Debbie Marinski - 740.533.4637 or Robert Pleasant - 740.533.4608
October 2016 Events


Pink Week
This week will focus on the celebration of cancer survivors, the rememberance of loved ones who have been lost to cancer, raising awareness of breast cancer, and nurturing hope for the prevention and eradication of this 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 - 3 on October 12.
DATE/TIME: October 10-14
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern
DEPARTMENT: Student Nursing Association and the Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT: Katie Frasher (; Robert Pleasant (740-533-4608) or
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. If you would like to decorate a shirt please visit the Resource Commons.
DATE/TIME: Monday, October 17 - Friday, October 21
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern
DEPARTMENT: Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT: Mary Wise (; Robert Pleasant (740-533-4608 or
Domestic Violence Awareness Event
In partnership with the Lawrence County Domestic Violence Task Force, Ohio University Southern will host an event to support Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This event will provide an opportunity for abuse victims to share their experiences, together sending powerful messages of courage, hope, and survival.
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern, Bowman Auditorium (Collins Building)
DEPARTMENT: Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant (740-533-4608 or
Mental Health Fair
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. Thus is an excellent opportunity for students to network and learn more about local service providers.
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, October 25, 1:00 - 4:00
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern, Mains Rotunda (Riffe Center)
DEPARTMENT: Psychology, Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT: Dr. Kristi Barnes (740-533-4547 or; Robert Pleasant (740-533-4608 or
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, Please note: If you wish to attend this session you must preregister with Robert Pleasant (see contact information below).
FACILITATOR: delfin bautista, Program Coordinator, OU LGBT Center
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, NOVEMBER 2, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern, Caucus Room (Academic Center)
DEPARTMENT: Council on Diversity and Inclusion, OUS Gay/Straight Alliance
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant (740-533-4608 or
Dialogue on Diversity
In connection with the SafeZone Training offered at Ohio University Southern, our campus will also be hosting a "Dialogue on Diversity," featuring a presentation by delfin bautista, the director of Ohio University's LGBT Center in Athens. This discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Charles Jarrett, Associate Professor of Sociology, and will include time for questions to be asked by those in attendance.
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 26, 2:00
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern, Room 131 Lecture A (Collins Building)
DEPARTMENT: Council on Diversity and Inclusion
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant (740-533-4608 or
Novemeber 2016 Events
10th Annual Honorable Judge Frank J. McCown Lecture Series

Veterans Day Tribute

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Location: The Bowman Auditorium
Organized by: Mary Ann Wymer
Keynote Speaker: Brigham McCown
Ironton High School Varsity Singers
For more information: Mary Ann Wymer - 740.547.3877 or
Refreshments will be served following program.
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.