Can We Talk? A Heart to Heart Conversation About Gendered Racism with Black Women Students at Ohio State (Undergraduate students)

Oct 20, 2020, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

An Event for Women: This event is for all cisgender and trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experience of Black women at The Ohio State University. The facilitators of this conversation seek to be explicit and intentional in our efforts to disrupt and challenge gendered racism, bias, harassment, and discrimination that are a threat to the wellbeing of Black women students.

Black student enrollment at all campuses at Ohio State is record high for Autumn 2020. Overall enrollment at all levels increased to 5,013 (+8.1%)1[1]. Given that we have over 5000 Black students at this university, what are we going to do to increase a sense of belonging for those who experience gendered racism?  The objectives of this conversation are to:

  • Discuss the campus experience of Black women students at Ohio State
  • Examine the ways that colleges and other university units can better facilitate Black women students’ sense of belonging
  • Offer recommendations for self-advocacy, self-preservation, and academic success


  • Dr. Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University; Director, Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Associate Professor of Social Work; Ohio State Alum
  • Dr. Tiffany Halsell, Graduate Student Services Coordinator, College of Education and Human Ecology, Department of Human Sciences; Ohio State Alum
  • Dr. Chila Thomas, Executive Director, Young Scholars Program, Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Ohio State Alum