Skip to: Main Content Search Main Navigation Audience Navigation
Ohio University Proctorville Center
Course Offerings
Bobcat Depot
Make Your Mark
College Credit Plus

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


October Events

Clothesline Project: Fighting Violence Against Women
In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Clothesline Project will once again be displayed on the Ironton campus. The Clothesline Project is a program started on Cape Cod in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a t-shirt. They then hang the t-shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as a testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread world-wide. Join us throughout the week as we honor victims of violence as well as remembering those who have lost their lives to such senseless acts.
DATE/TIME: Monday, October 6th-Thursday, October 9th
LOCATION: Shaffer Courtyard (weather permitting)
CONTACT: Dr. Rebecca Fletcher ( or Michelle Dotts (740.547.3874 or
Domestic Violence Awareness Event
In partnership with the Lawrence County Domestic Violence Task Force, Ohio University Southern will host a series of events in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Through these opportunities, abuse victims can share their experiences—together sending powerful messages of courage, hope, and survival.
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, October 7th, 6:00 pm (tentative)
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern—Ironton, Bowman Auditorium
SPONSOR: Lawrence County Domestic Violence Task Force
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant (740.533.4600 or or Michelle Dotts (740.547.3874 or
LGBTQA Spirit Day
In 2010 many across the nation designated one day in October as SPIRIT DAY to honors those who have taken their own lives due to homophobic abuse and torment. But just as importantly, it was also a way to show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face the same pressures and bullying, that there is a vast community of people who support them. OUS will continue the tradition on October 15th and encouraged faculty, staff, students, and community members to wear purple which symbolizes 'spirit' on the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBT Pride that was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978.
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 15th
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant (740.533.4600 or or Michelle Dotts (740.547.3874 or
Diversity Workshop: SafeZone Training
SafeZone is an ally training program for students, staff, faculty, and community members of any gender identity or sexual orientation. Each training last two hours and focuses on using inclusive language, sensitive dialogue, and opening pathways of communication with LGBT people.
FACILITATOR: Delfin Bautista, Program Coordinator, OU LGBT Center
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 15th, First Training: 10:00 am; Second Training: 3:30 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern—Ironton, Ohio Room, Collins Building
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant (740.533.4600 or or Michelle Dotts (740.547.3874 or
GO Pink! Breast Cancer Awareness
This week will focus on celebrating cancer survivors, remembering those we have lost, raising awareness, and nurturing hope for the prevention and eradication of breast cancer. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to wear PINK Monday through Thursday of this week. Informational tables will set up in various sites on campus. Door prizes will be given out during the Resource Fair on Thursday, October 23rd, for those who have worn pink and registered for prizes in the Office of Student Services. Students may register once per day.
DATE: Monday, October 20th-Thursday, October 23rd
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant (740.533.4600 or or Michelle Dotts (740.547.3874 or
Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead
November 1, All Saints Day, and November 2, All Souls Day, are marked throughout Mexico by a plethora of intriguing customs that vary widely according to the ethnic roots of each region. The Day of the Dead is an ancient tradition meant to honor the memory of someone who touched our lives. Join us for the unveiling of the altar and treats. Feel free to bring a picture or object representing a loved one to place on the altar (no originals).
DATE/TIME: October 27th – October 31st (open to public)
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern – Ironton, Mains Rotunda
CONTACT: Tim Mollett, OUS Spanish Instructor (


November Events

Frank J. McCown Lecture Series: Veteran’s Day Tribute
DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 6th, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern – Ironton
CONTACT: Mary Ann Wymer (740.547.3877 or
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. ( OUS will be sponsoring activities and events will be held throughout the week in recognition of International Education Week.
DATE/TIME: November 17th – 21st
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern – Ironton
CONTACT: Tim Mollett, OUS Spanish Instructor (740.547.3789 or; Robert Pleasant (740.533.4600 or
Diversity Film and Lecture Series: The Cherokee Word for Water
The Cherokee Word for Water is a feature-length motion picture that tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. It is inspired by the true story of the struggle for, opposition to, and ultimate success of a rural Cherokee community to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of “gadugi “– working together to solve a problem. In honor of Native American History Month, join us for a screening of the film, followed by discussion and conversation led by Dr. Rebecca Fletcher, adjunct faculy, OUS. This event is free and open to the public.
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, November 19th, 5:30 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern—Ironton, Bowman Auditorium
CONTACT: Dr. Rebecca Fletcher ( or Michelle Dotts (740.547.3874 or

Additional Events (on Athens Campus)


Hispanic Heritage Month: Enrique Morones
Enrique Morones, Border Angels: Supporting Immigrants Founder of the humanitarian organization Border Angels, Enrique Morones, provides support and relief (most notably through water stations in the desert) to migrant workers on the US-Mexican border. He wants Americans to know the truth about the people behind the immigration policy debates -- both the migrants, and the political factions who would keep them out.
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 1st, 7 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University—Athens, Baker Center Theater
CONTACT: Multicultural Center (740.597.2110 or
American Indian Heritage Month: Anton Treuer
Dr.Anton Treuer, Executive Director, American Indian Resource Center, has a B.A. from Princeton University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is Editor of the Oshkaabewis (pronounced o-shkaah-bay-wis) Native Journal, the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language. Dr. Treuer has sat on many organizational boards and has received more than 40 prestigious awards and fellowships. Dr. Truer will lead a lecture entitled “Change the Mascot”.
DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 13th, 7-9 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University—Athens, Walter Hall Rotunda
CONTACT: Multicultural Center (740.597.2110 or