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event photoApril 1, 2015
2015 Diversity Leadership Symposium
Elephants in the Room: The Power of Privilege
Sponsors: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Women's Place, many others (view full list)
Wednesday, 8 am - 4 pm
Location: Ohio Union
Fee: $55 for faculty and staff, $10 for students; registration required

The Diversity Leadership Symposium at The Ohio State University was created to provide an inter-departmental professional development event in the area of inter-cultural competence for higher education professionals and college students. It was designed with an emphasis on teaching real-life, usable skills and understanding for the purpose of creating welcoming and inclusive environments.

The ​Diversity ​Leadership ​Symposium ​is ​a ​day ​of ​interactive ​presentations ​and ​discussions ​focused ​on ​moving ​beyond ​simply ​appreciating ​diversity ​or ​differences ​to ​understanding ​power ​dynamics ​and ​history.

Participants ​will:

  • ​Examine ​the ​systemic ​historical, ​social, ​and ​cultural ​dynamics ​of ​privilege.
  • Explore ​how ​structural ​and ​personal ​privilege ​impact ​our ​perspectives ​and ​experiences.
  • Cultivate ​skills ​to ​advocate ​for ​social ​justice.

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Group photo of Winter 2014 InterACT class students
Winter 2014 InterACT class students
April 14, 2015 (additional performance on April 7, 2015)
Making the Invisible Visible: Exploring Implicit Bias and Micro-aggressions, performed by InterACT
Sponsors: The Women's Place, the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and the Department of Theatre
Tuesday, 3 - 4:30 pm
Location: Ramseyer Hall College Commons, Room 260
Fee: free

Instructors, administrators and students subconsciously negotiate moments of implicit bias and micro-aggressions in the classroom. The InterACT theatre ensemble will unpack some of these subconscious moments that contribute to the culture in the classroom and the workplace. This interactive performance-based workshop will allow participants to explore the challenges of their own implicit bias and those of their students.

InterACT is a theatre ensemble that uses interactive performance techniques to open dialogue around complex issues and then explores strategies and problem-solving techniques. After the performance, the student actors stay in character and field questions from the audience about the issues raised in the drama.


Portrait of Melissa Briggs-PhillipsMay 15, 2015
11th Annual Ballam Women Symposium
Sponsors: Association of Staff and Faculty Women (ASFW), The Women's Place
Friday, noon - 5 pm
Location: The James Comprehensive Cancer Center, Room B050
Fee: $35 for ASFW members, $50 for non-members; register by May 8

The theme this year is "Finding Your Voice at the Table", featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Melissa Briggs-Phillips. She is a clinical and consulting psychologist and owner/founder of Next Generation Behavioral Health, LLC (NGBH), located in Dublin, OH. Prior to opening her own practice, Dr. Briggs-Phillips taught for 17 years and held multiple director roles within The Ohio State University and Wexner Medical Center.

Lunch and an afternoon snack are included. Lunch will begin at noon and the program will start at 1:15pm. There will be two breakout sessions following the keynote address. Specific topics will be announced soon, see the link below.

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