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Ohio University Southern

Council on Diversity and Inclusion

2019-20 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
Student Resource Commons
740.533.4608
 

Fall 2019 Semester Events:

 

“What Were You Wearing?” Art Exhibit
The “What Were You Wearing?” Survivor Art Installation originated at the University of Arkansas in 2013. Created by Jen Brockman and Dr. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert, the project was inspired by Dr. Mary Simmerling’s poem, What I Was Wearing. Using descriptions of clothing that was worn when survivors were sexually assaulted, organizers find clothing that closely mirrors those descriptions. The descriptions and the clothing are then displayed as a challenge to the notion that what people are wearing causes sexual violence. This exhibit includes 41 personal experiences of students, community members, and more, that were provided to organizers at the Ohio University Athens campus. Ohio University Athens sponsors of the exhibit include the Women's Center, Survivor Advocacy Program, Campus
Involvement Center, the College of Fine Arts, Intersectional Feminist Alliance, Student Senate, and Ambassadors to the Survivor Advocacy Program.
 
DATE/TIME: September 6 – October 2, 2019
LOCATION: Art Gallery – Dingus Building, Room D111
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, Associate Director- pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

 

I Am…Speaker Series
“I am the American Dream.” Dr. Asif Razak has held many roles in his life that includes Father, Husband, Son, Brother, and a Student of Life: forever growing and evolving into the best version of himself. Each role has made me who I am today. My journey was not a straight line, but with each step, I always had faith and the support of my family. I want to share my experiences, and how that has molded me and continues to change me, I want to help others in our community understand that just because we have differences, we are all the same to some degree, and that's what makes every one of us special.  The only way to overcome pain and fear is to move toward the things that made you react negatively in the first place.  Today's turbulent environment means we have to have better-listening skills and less righteousness.  
 
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION: Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
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, September 11, 2019, 2:00pm-5:00pm
LOCATION: Mains Rotunda – Riffe Building
CONTACT: Dr. Kristi Barnes, Associate Professor – barnesk@ohio.edu, 740-533-4547

 

Break the Silence and Help Save a Life
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, September 11, 2019, 5:00pm
LOCATION: Caucus Room – Academic Center
CONTACT: Dr. Kristi Barnes, Associate Professor – barnesk@ohio.edu, 740-533-4547

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Social Media Campaign
Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) Ohio University Southern will be posting content to honor the heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans, and to recognize their contributions to the US.  Follow us on Instagram @ohiousouthern, Facebook @ohiouniversitysouthern, and Twitter @ousouthern.
 
DATE: September 15-October 15
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, Associate Director- pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Spanish Language in the Workplace
Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the United States and the dominant language in many neighboring countries. Many employers are searching for individuals who are bilingual and can speak Spanish fluently.  We invite you to join Tim Mollett, OUS Spanish Associate Lecturer; Eric Brown, OUS Career Coach; Lisa Brown, Marine Dispatcher, Marathon Petroleum Company; and Erasto Fernandez, Marine Repair Facility Engineer, Marathon Petroleum Company in a discussion on language, culture and the workforce. 
 
DATE/TIME: Thursday, September 19, 2019, 1:00pm-2:00pm
LOCATION: OHIO Room – Collins Building
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, Associate Director- pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

 

Film: “Justice For My People: The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Story”
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month Justice For My People tells the story of Dr. Hector P. Garcia — Mexican Revolution refugee, medical doctor to the barrios, decorated war veteran, civil rights activist and presidential confidante — as he fought to bring attention to the Mexican-American civil rights movement. Returning to Texas after World War II with six battle stars, Garcia found that while Mexican-American veterans had been changed by the war, prejudiced America had not. His people faced public school segregation, squalid living conditions in labor camps and second-class citizenship. In 1948, Dr. Garcia founded the American GI Forum, empowering Mexican Americans to fight numerous legal and political battles against discrimination.  Refreshments will be served.
 
DATE/TIME:  Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 12pm–2pm
LOCATION: Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant, Associate Director- pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

 

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, Marshall University, Morehead State University, Mountwest Community and Technical College, University of Rio Grande, Ohio University Southern, and Shawnee State University.  If you are registering and you would like university credit, please contact Joy Shytle at shytle@ohio.edu or visit the OUS course offerings link for additional details.  The class is HST 2900-14811.
 
DATE/TIME: Friday, September 27, 2019, 8:00am-3:00pm
LOCATION: Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, Associate Director- pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

 

¡Conversemos! Lunch & Learn
Join us as we explore the history and importance of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexican culture.
 
DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 11:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION: Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, Associate Director- pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608; Tim Mollett, OUS Spanish Associate Lecturer - mollett@ohio.edu

 

LGBT History Month Movie – The Times of Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official in the state of California. The Academy Award-winning documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk, showcases his life from his political career and achievements, through his assassination and the trial of his murderer.
DATE/TIME: Monday, October 7, 2019, 2:00pm-4:00pm
LOCATION: Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT: Justin Fleming, Administrative Services Associate-fleminj2@ohio.edu, 740-547-3836

 

Pink Week
This week will focus on the celebration of cancer survivors, and 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. An informational table will be set up in the Student Resource Commons Success Center, on the second floor of the Collins Building, beginning October 7th.
 
DATE/TIME: October 7-11, 2019
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern

 

CONTACT: Raegan Williams, Undergraduate Assistant – rw858816@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600

 

OUS SafeZone Training
SafeZone is a workshop presentation for students, staff, faculty, and community members designed to help raise awareness about the dynamics of gender and sexual orientation. This interactive workshop will explore different ways to embody inclusive allyship for people of all genders, identities, sexualities, and levels of being out. By exploring diverse real-life scenarios and learning about terminology, SafeZones focuses on using inclusive language, examines strategies for dialogue, and opens pathways of communication about the experiences of LGBTQ+ people. Lunch will be provided by Ohio University Southern’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). Please note: To register, you must complete the form at the bottom of this page.
 
FACILITATOR: Dr. Jan Huebenthal, Assistant Director of the OU LGBT Center
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 12:00pm-2:00pm
LOCATION: OHIO Room—Collins Building
CONTACT: Raegan Williams, Undergraduate Assistant—rw858816@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600
I am Right. You are Wrong.
Knowing how your values and ethics influence your actions is the key to self-awareness. By working in small groups and assessing personal values, participants delve into the gray areas of ethical leadership. Through facilitated discussion and interactive group activities, participants will learn the power of values in decision making and the ethics that drive multi-dimensional communities.
 
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 3:00pm-4:00pm
LOCATION: OHIO Room – Collins Building
CONTACT: Eric Brown, Career Coach – browne4@ohio.edu, 740-533-4562

 

 
Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge
Wear pink and join us in the Rotunda on Wednesday, October 9 at 10 am to take a group photo! Please come and help us pack as many people into the photo as possible. Don’t forget to wear pink!
 
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 10:00 am
LOCATION:  Mains Rotunda – Riffe Building
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, Associate Director- pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

 

 
Stop the Stigma-Understanding Mental Health Needs
A group of behavioral health professionals discuss the importance of recognizing our mental health care needs and how to access local resources.
 
DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 11:30am-12:20pm
LOCATION: Caucus Room – Academic Center
CONTACT: Dr. Kristi Barnes, Associate Professor – barnesk@ohio.edu, 740-533-4547

 

 
I am Right. You are Wrong.
Knowing how your values and ethics influence your actions is the key to self-awareness. By working in small groups and assessing personal values, participants delve into the gray areas of ethical leadership. Through facilitated discussion and interactive group activities, participants will learn the power of values in decision making and the ethics that drive multi-dimensional communities.
 
DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 3:00pm-4:00pm
LOCATION: Proctorville Campus - Commons Area
CONTACT: Eric Brown, Career Coach – browne4@ohio.edu, 740-533-4562

 

 
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, in the Shafer Courtyard. 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 the Collins building.
 
DATE/TIME: October 14-18, 2019
LOCATION: Shafer Courtyard
CONTACT: Raegan Williams, Undergraduate Assistant – rw858816@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600

 

 
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, sending a powerful message of courage, hope, and survival.
 
DATE/TIME:  Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:30pm
LOCATION:  Bowman Auditorium—Collins Building
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

 

 
I AM…Speaker Series
Tim Irr was born and raised in Pittsburgh. Tim graduated from Duquesne University and started his career in radio at KDKA. His first television reporting job was at WDTV-TV in Clarksburg, West Virginia. He's also worked in management at stations in Charleston and Pittsburgh. Before coming to WSAZ-TV, Tim handled media relations at a Pittsburgh hospital. Tim anchors First Look at Four, WSAZ's 5:30 Edition, NewsChannel 3 6 O'Clock, the 10 O'Clock News on the Tri-State's CW, and NewsChannel 3 Tonight. Tim, his wife, and their two daughters live in Huntington.
 
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 1:00pm-2:00pm
LOCATION: Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT: Barbara Biggs, Librarian—costas@ohio.edu, 740-533-4622, Robert Pleasant, Associate Director- pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

 

 
Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: Social Media Campaign
Throughout the month of November, Ohio University Southern will be posting content to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories, and to acknowledge the contributions of Native people.
 
DATE: November 1-30, 2019
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, Associate Director- pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

 

 
Veteran and Military Tribute Wall
The Veteran and Military Tribute wall will be displayed on the lobby walls of the Bowman Auditorium to recognize the service of Ohio University Southern connected veterans, active duty, reserve members, and guardsmen.
 
DATE/TIME: Friday, November 1 – Wednesday, November 13, 2019
LOCATION: Bowman Auditorium, Collins Building
CONTACT: Teresa McKenzie, Veterans Services Coordinator OUS - mckenzt1@ohio.edu, 740-547-3875

 

 
Missing Man Table
The Missing Man Table is decorated at the entrance of the café and acts as a memorial that is set up in honor of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service members.
 
DATE: Monday, November 4 – Friday, November 18, 2019
LOCATION: Southern Most Café Entrance
CONTACT: Teresa McKenzie, Veterans Services Coordinator—mckenzt1@ohio.edu, 740-547-3875

 

 
Veterans Day Tribute
To celebrate and honor OUS Veterans, active military, National Guard, and Reserve members, we will host a celebration ceremony. The celebration will include a presentation of the colors by Ashland Paul G. Blazer High School JROTC and a guest speaker. The program is open to the public. A reception will follow immediately after the program in the Collins Center lobby.
 
DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 7, 2019, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
LOCATION: Bowman Auditorium - Collins Building
CONTACT: Teresa McKenzie, Veterans Services Coordinator-mckenzt1@ohio.edu,740-547-3875

 

 
Writer’s Series
Rachel Rinehart grew up in Chuckery, Ohio and has been on faculty at Marshall University since 2014, where she teaches a variety of English classes, including composition and poetry courses. Her poems have appeared in Quarterly West, Third Coast, Puerto del Sol, The Massachusetts Review, Indiana Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Mid-American Review, Colorado Review, and other places. She received an AWP Intro Journals Award in Poetry in 2014.
 
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 1:00 pm
LOCATION: Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT: Barbara Biggs, Librarian—costas@ohio.edu, 740-533-4622

 

 
International Education Week
International Education Week (IEW) 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 the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' 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. 
 
DATE/TIME: November 18-22, 2019
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 750-533-4608 or Raegan Williams, Undergraduate Assistant—rw858816@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600

 
I AM…Speaker Series (IEW)
Dr. Yehong Shao was born and grew up in China. She came to America to study in 2002. After getting her Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 2005, she began teaching at Ohio University Southern. She will share her stories about the cultural differences and difficulties during her 17 years of living in the United States of America.
 
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION: Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, Associate Director- pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

 

 
Ashlie’s Big Adventure: My Journey to Vietnam and Thailand (IEW)
On May 10, 2019, Ashlie Bailey had the opportunity of a lifetime. A 10 day trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Chiang Mia, Thailand with 14 other faculty and staff members from Ohio University. Join us in sharing how her trip turned into an adventure and a journey of inspiring herself and hopefully others to see beyond our “safe walls.”
 
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 4:00pm-5:00pm
LOCATION: Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, Associate Director- pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4608

 

 
Visualizing Latin America through Literature (IEW)
Join us in the Student Resource Commons for readings and discussions of the works of some of Latin America's most celebrated authors.
 
DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 21, 2019, 11:00am-1:00pm
LOCATION: Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT: Tim Mollett, Associate Lecturer—mollett@ohio.edu, 740-547-3789

 
Gateway to Success
The Gateway to Success program aims to help area high school students with disabilities that may be considering or could benefit from, college or additional training after their high school graduation. The Gateway to Success Program is designed to assist students with disabilities in preparing for the 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-tos on supporting services for students with disabilities work. This program is open to participating secondary schools.
 
DATE/TIME: December 2019
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern – TBD
CONTACT: Teresa McKenzie, Veterans Services Coordinator—mckenzt1@ohio.edu, 740-547-3875

 

 
*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.

 


 

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.
 
 
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