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Ohio University Southern

Council on Diversity and Inclusion

2018-19 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
 

Spring 2019 Semester Events:

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Ohio University Southern (OUS) Council on Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce our 9th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest. We invite Tri-State area students in grades 6 through 12 to participate.  Students are encouraged to study and think about Dr. King’s legacy of community.  Please visit the OUS website at https://www.ohio.edu/southern/events/mlk.cfm for details. Deadline for all entries is January 4, 2019 at 5:00pm.
 

School Supply Drive
In conjunction with our month long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Ohio University Southern student organizations will be hosting a school supply drive to support local students. Donations will be able to be made in any building on campus.
DATE/TIME:  Tuesday, January 15 – Thursday, February 28
LOCATION:  Collins Center, Dingus Building, Riffe Center, Academic Center
CONTACT:  Lisa Cantrell, Advising and Orientation Coordinator –cantrel1@ohio.edu, 740-533-4543
 

MLK Community Celebration
The 2019 theme is King’s Vision: Humanity tied to a Single Garment of Destiny. This year’s event will include special musical performances, presentations by various community members, announcement of the Annual MLK Essay Contest participants and winners, along with much more.  Refreshments will be served immediately following the program. 
DATE/TIME:  Thursday, January 17 – 6:30pm
LOCATION:  Bowman Auditorium—Collins Building
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 750-533-4608 or
Teresa McKenzie, Accessibility Coordinator for OUS (mckenzt1@ohio.edu)
 

Selma
Join us in the Student Resource Commons as Dr. Deborah Marinski hosts a viewing and discussion of the film, Selma. Light refreshments will be provided.
DATE/TIME:  Tuesday, January 22, 11:00am – 1:30 pm
LOCATION:  Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT:  Justin Fleming, Administrative Services Associate – fleminj2@ohio.edu, 740-547-3836
 

MLK Speaks: “What is Your Life’s Blueprint”
Join us in the Student Resource Commons at 2:00 pm to view the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech, “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”
DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, January 23, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
LOCATION:  Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT:  Justin Fleming, Administrative Services Associate – fleminj2@ohio.edu, 740-547-3836
 

MLK Speaks: I Have a Dream
Join us in the Student Resource Commons at 2:00 pm to view the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
DATE/TIME:  Thursday, January 24, 2:00 pm – 3:00pm
LOCATION:  Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT:  Justin Fleming, Administrative Services Associate – fleminj2@ohio.edu, 740-547-3836
 

MLK Faculty/Staff Luncheon
The 4th Annual MLK Faculty & Staff Luncheon provides the University the opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and to review diversity initiatives that impact the campus.  Recent speakers include: Dr. Shari Clarke, who served as Vice Provost of Diversity and Inclusion; Dr. Carey Busch and Teresa McKenzie with Student Accessibility Services; and Deanna Stump, Huntington VA Medical Center.
DATE/TIME:  Friday, January 25—12:00pm
LOCATION:  Rotunda—Riffe Building
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 750-533-4608
 
I AM…Living History
From Ashland’s segregated Booker T. Washington School through a life of growing up African-American in the Tri-State area, Bernice Henry will share her journey with us.  Currently, Ms. Henry works with the Ashland Independent School District and is active with the NAACP, the Human Rights Commission and various other organizations.  In recognition of African-American History Month Bernice is Living History.
DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, February 13—12:00pm
LOCATION:  Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 750-533-4608 or
Raegan Williams, Undergraduate Assistant—rw858816@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600
 
Love Your Body Health Expo
Experience the benefits of total wellness—mind, body, and spirit. Stop by for information tables related to well-being, health screenings, door prizes, and giveaways.
DATE/TIME:  Thursday, February 14—10am-2pm
LOCATION:  Rotunda—Riffe Building
CONTACT:  Mary Ann Wymer, Advising Specialist, wymerm@ohio.edu or 740-547-3877
 

I AM…Living History
Philip W. Carter, MSW, is a professor of Social Work and academic activist in the Marshall University College of Health Professions. When asked why he chose social work as a lifelong endeavor, his response emphasized three simple reasons: “to care, to counsel and to change.” Professor Carter has taught and developed coursework in the areas of Appalachian social welfare, legislation and social justice. As one of the first African American athletes in a Division I major white institution south of the Mason Dixon line, he assumed leadership on the basketball court and mobilized desegregation in public businesses in the Tri-State region.

These efforts resulted in a 1963 executive order issued by WV Governor W. W. Baron on human and civil rights. In 1986, Professor Carter was the first recipient of the “Living the Dream” award from the West Virginia Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission. Professor Carter has served four terms as President of the Cabell County/Huntington NAACP chapter. Professor Carter will join us to discuss his journey, experiences, and leadership as an individual working toward progress in the Tri-State area during a time in need of a catalyst for change. 

Join us for this celebration of African-American history.
DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, February 20—12:00pm
LOCATION:  Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 750-533-4608 or
Raegan Williams, Undergraduate Assistant—rw858816@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600
 
American Textures
American Textures, a 78 minute documentary by Crossing Borders Films, follows six young Americans of Black, White and Latino origin on a road trip through the southern United States to confront race through dialogue. Their journey moves them to push through the wall of silence/fear/discomfort that surrounds race in Today’s America and face the presence of segregation, bias, and blindness, not only in US society, but also inside themselves. Their courage, vulnerability and honest interactions become emotional examples of ways to follow in their footsteps.
This screening is free and open to the public.
DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, February 27—12:30pm
LOCATION:  Bowman Auditorium—Collins Building
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 750-533-4608 or
Raegan Williams, Undergraduate Assistant—rw858816@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600
 
Kindness Rock Project
It all started with a single stone on a beach in Cape Cod and now spans the globe. The Kindness Rocks Project, founded by Megan Murphy, is based on the profound truth that one message at the right moment can change someone’s day, their outlook, and, indeed, their whole life. The messages on these thoughtful pebbles take many forms: gratitude, affirmations, encouragement, and offers of hope—all signposts along the way for someone to find at exactly the right time. Come by and create your own kindness rock.
DATE/TIME:  Friday, March 1 – 31
LOCATION:  Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT:  Barbara Biggs, Librarian—costas@ohio.edu, 740-533-4622
 
Envision Access Conference
The conference is devoted to increasing awareness in addressing the needs of students with disabilities. It is our goal to create a positive space for the development of community connections, understanding of best practices, embracing assistive technology, and foster working relationships between secondary and post-secondary institutions and community organizations. The conference will provide sessions and keynote speaker, CEU credits, and college credit, and is open to the public.
DATE/TIME:  Friday, March 8, 8:00am – 2:00pm
LOCATION:  Ohio University Southern, Bowman Auditorium (Collins Center), Lectures A & D (Collins Center), Mains Rotunda (Riffe Center)
CONTACT:  Teresa McKenzie, Accessibility Coordinator for OUS (mckenzt1@ohio.edu) or
Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 750-533-4608
 
Writer’s Series
Novelist and poet Andrea Fekete will read from her novel Waters Run Wild. Andrea Fekete is granddaughter to Mexican and Hungarian immigrants and a native of the southern West Virginia coalfields. She is author of the novel of the WV coal mine wars, Waters Run Wild (Guest Room Press, 2018) and poetry chapbook I Held a Morning (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Waters Run Wild has served as course material in several universities and high schools. 

Her fiction and poetry often appear in journals such as Chiron Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Kentucky Review, Montucky Review, Adirondack Review, ABZ, and in such anthologies as Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia. (WVU Press, 2017). She is also curator of the anthology of women's writing Feminine Rising: Voices of Power & Invisibility, (April 2019, Cynren Press) which she co-edited with the author of the memoir Girlish (SkyHorse Press 2018), Lara Lillibridge.
DATE/TIME:  Thursday, March 21—1:00pm
LOCATION:  Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT:  Barbara Biggs, Librarian—costas@ohio.edu, 740-533-4622
 
I Am…“A Conversation about Bi-Racial Children”
A presentation by two faculty members, a staff member and a student about their experiences as bi-racial children through several decades.  Their hope is to spur conversation about intersectionality and how it addresses “half as a whole”.  Presenters include Miki Crawford, Ph.D., Professor in Communication Studies; Kristi Barnes, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology; Noel Payne, Accounting Support Specialist, and Imani Smith, an Athens student in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish.
DATE/TIME:  Thursday, March 28—1:00pm
LOCATION:  Caucus Room—Academic Center
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 750-533-4608 or
Raegan Williams, Undergraduate Assistant—rw858816@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600
 
Women’s Conference
We would like to welcome you to the 8th annual women's conference. Our goal is to acknowledge and empower women, along with providing the support needed to enrich their lives and the communities in which we all live.
DATE/TIME:  Friday, March 29, Time—TBD
LOCATION:  Proctorville Center, Ohio University Southern
CONTACT:  Dr. Kristi Barnes, Associate Professor –barnesk@ohio.edu, 740-533-4547 or
Stephanie Burcham, Director of the Proctorville Center—blacks@ohio.edu, 740-867-6701
 
Gateway to Success
The Gateway to Success program aims to help area high school seniors 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 prepare 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. This program is open to participating secondary schools.
DATE/TIME:  April, Date—TBD
LOCATION:  Ohio University Southern, multiple rooms
CONTACT:  Teresa McKenzie, Accessibility Coordinator for OUS (mckenztl@ohio.edu)
 
Signs of Suicide
Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a mental health crisis and help to save a life. This program provides: an introduction to factors linked to mental health, how to identify the symptoms of a mental health crisis, and what steps to take when someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis. Get comfortable talking about mental health and become an advocate for others!
FACILITATOR:  Travis Smith, LSW, Evaluator-Project AWARE for Wood County Schools West Virginia
DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, April 3, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
LOCATION:  Caucus Room—Academic Center
CONTACT:  Dr. Kristi Barnes, Associate Professor –barnesk@ohio.edu, 740-533-4547 or
Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 750-533-4608
 
I AM…Alan Brown
Alan Brown, member of the WSAZ news team, local musician, and OUS graduate, talks about his personal experiences coping with depression. Alan will share his journey to emotional well-being and discuss the importance of overcoming the stigma attached to mental health issues and seeking treatment.
DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, April 10, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
LOCATION:  Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT:  Dr. Kristi Barnes, Associate Professor –barnesk@ohio.edu, 740-533-4547 or
Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 750-533-4608
 
I AM…Jacob Bentley
Jacob, a history major at Ohio University Southern, has taken a different approach to learning.  In second grade, he was told that he would never read or write above a third grade level. So began his long journey of living with dyslexia. Join us as Jacob shares his story of self-discovery and the inspiration that he received from his mother and other educators. 
DATE/TIME:  Tuesday, April 16, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
LOCATION:  Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant, Associate Director—pleasanr@ohio.edu, 750-533-4608 or
Raegan Williams, Undergraduate Assistant—rw858816@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600
 
Writer’s Series
Join us for a National Poetry Month reading and roundtable discussion with Appalachian women poets with work forthcoming in the anthology Feminine Rising.  Guest writers include Andrea Fekete, Dreama Pritt, Tuesday Taylor, Mary Imo Stike, and Llewellyn McKernan.
DATE/TIME:  Thursday, April 25—1:00pm
LOCATION:  Student Resource Commons Success Center—Collins Building
CONTACT:  Barbara Biggs, Librarian—costas@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.