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"I Am..." Speaker Series

I Am Speaker Series

“… I am convinced that men hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they don’t communicate with each other, and they don’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other.”

                                                           -Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Oct. 15, 1962

 

Ohio University Southern’s “I AM…” Speaker Series provides an opportunity to learn and understand each other.  Our stories and experiences are unique and important.  By sharing them, we break down barriers that divide us. No matter what labels are assigned to us, and no matter what ideals we may hold, we are all a shared humanity that is, as Dr. King said, “tied to a single garment of destiny.”

Spring 2021 Schedule

I AM… Micah McCarey

Micah McCarey currently serves as the director of Ohio University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center, part of Ohio University’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion. He has been a part of the Ohio University and Athens communities since beginning undergraduate studies in communication in 2003. He proudly shares the story of his Ohio University transformative learning experience with emphasis on the topics of identity development, well-being, diversity, inclusion, social justice, personal strengths, and decision-making.
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 16, 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION: Virtual
REGISTRATION:  Register here to receive information about how to join this event.
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740-533-4600

I AM…Oreatha Murray 

The 2020-21 I AM Speaker Series features Oreatha Murray, the recruiter for Ohio University Southern. She will be sharing his personal experiences about overcoming adversity, the challenges and benefits of being a non-traditional, first generation student and growing up in a strong application culture. She will share encouragement and motivation that helped her press through stereotypes and traditions.  For more information visit:  www.ohio.edu/southern/about/diversity-inclusion
DATE/TIME: Thursday, March 18, 12:00pm-1:00pm
LOCATION:  Virtual Event
REGISTRATION:  Register here to receive information about how to join this event.
CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 740.533.4600
 



Fall 2020 Schedule

I AM…Hunter Dane Schafer

The 2020 I AM Speaker Series features Hunter Dane Schafer. Hunter is a Veteran and student worker at Ohio University Southern. He will be sharing his personal experiences about being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, his transition out of the Army, and the importance of seeking help, along with taking control of your quality of life.

DATE/TIME: Video was recorded Monday, November 2, 2020.

CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 750.533.4608

I AM...An Appalasian

The 2020 I AM Speaker Series features Dr. Miki Ward Crawford. Dr. Crawford is the daughter of a Veteran who served in Occupied Japan. Her father was born and raised locally, and her mother is from Sapporo, Japan. As a child from the ’50, she will share her life’s journey from “passing” to celebration.

DATE/TIME: Video was recorded Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 12:00pm–1:00pm

CONTACT: Robert Pleasant, pleasanr@ohio.edu, 750.533.4608