CFAES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshops

Update: The Ohio State University has announced the suspension of face-to-face instruction of lectures, discussion sections, seminars, and other similar classroom settings, and the move to virtual instruction effective immediately and through the end of the semester. Also, events deemed nonessential between now and April 20 are subject to review, to evaluate whether they should continue in person. Based on these guidelines, our in-person workshops for April and May have been postponed. We will post updates as they become available.  

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professional Development Workshops

All workshops are facilitated by Dr. Leo Taylor, Program Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Please contact Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Program Director, Dr. Leo Taylor (, or Program Assistant, Alicia Baca (, if you have questions or would like more information. These workshops are free and open to all OSU faculty, staff (including postdocs), undergraduates, and graduate students.

What if I miss the registration deadline?

If you missed the registration deadline, please go ahead and register. If we are unable to accommodate your registration one of our staff members will notify you by email within 24 hours. 

Upcoming Webinar Offerings

Gardening with Physical Limitations

Register here!

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is hosting a webinar on how to engage in gardening activities despite physical limitations. In this webinar, Laura Akgerman, Disabilities Services Coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility & Ohio State University Extension, will address a variety of disabilities, especially ones that limit mobility, movement, strength, range-of-motion, and energy/fatigue. Learn good habits, techniques, tools, and Universal Design solutions to continue gardening with a disability, arthritis, low vision, and other age or health related conditions including how medications can affect sensitivity to sun exposure, dehydration, and energy levels. Special attention will be given to decreasing the risk of secondary injury; working smarter, not harder; and modifying your garden and the way you work to fit your ability, now and in the future. You do not have to stop gardening just because you have physical limitations! Limited to 500 participants. Registration required. 

This event is free and open to those within and outside the OSU community. 

Presenter: Laura Akgerman is the Disability Services Coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility & Ohio State University Extension.  She is a two-time Ohio State University Alum, with degrees in English and Rehabilitation Services. She presents workshops on Gardening with Arthritis, Farming with a Disability, AgriTourism, and other disability related issues for Ohio AgrAbility and OSU Extension. She grew up outside Sunbury Ohio, was active in 4-H in Delaware county, and occasionally worked with her Dad and brother at Cherryhill Aquatics, the family waterlily nursery. She can be reached at

When: Thursday, April 9th from 11:00am-12:00pm EST
Location: Zoom (link will be sent the day before the webinar) Please do not forward the Zoom link to colleagues, instead please send them the registration link. We must monitor registrations to ensure we do not go over the Zoom limit.

An Overview of the Ohio State University Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Register here!

Are you struggling to adapt to all of the recent abrupt and dramatic changes? Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, financial stress, legal concerns, or other issues that are negatively impacting your well-being or productivity? The Ohio State University Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides a large and diverse suite of free resources and services to help OSU staff and faculty cope with a variety of challenges. During this webinar, Suzanne Vickers from the EAP will provide an overview of the services available through the EAP including: counseling, legal assistance, change management, child and elder care resources and referrals, change management, financial counseling, and online resources. There will be time for questions following the presentation.

This webinar is free and open to the entire OSU community. Registration is required.

When: Friday, April 10th from 1:00-2:00pm 

Location: Zoom (link will be sent the day before the webinar) Please do not forward the Zoom link to colleagues, instead please send them the registration link. We must monitor registrations to ensure we do not go over the Zoom limit.

Past Webinar and Workshop Offerings

An Overview of the The Ohio State University Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - March 2020

During this presentation Suzanne Vickers from the EAP will provide an overview of services available to all OSU staff and faculty including online resources, legal assistance, child and elder care resources and referrals, change management, and how to schedule a confidential counseling appointment. There will be time for questions following the presentation.

CEO Day of Understanding - February 2020

The CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is collaborating with other diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders around campus to host a 90-minute workshop for the national CEO Day of Understanding, an initiative OSU President Michael Drake committed to in 2017. The workshops will address the importance of establishing dialogue in building relationships across differences; help participants examine the diversity in their networks to reveal opportunities to increase understanding of people from diverse social identity groups; identify barriers and benefits to having diversity discussions on campus about race and identity; engage participants in conversations to broaden their perspectives; and empower participants to commit to action to promote inclusivity in the groups they are a part of and across their interactions with diverse groups. This workshop will take place at 7 different locations and times on Tuesday, February 25th on the Columbus campus and at each regional campus on Wednesday, February 26th

Did They Really Just Say That?! Being an Active Bystander - February 2020

Have you ever been in a conversation when someone said something biased that made you uncomfortable, but you were not sure how to respond? Many of us struggle to address these all too common situations, whether in the classroom, the workplace, while spending time with friends, or enjoying time with family. Even though we want to do what is right and stand up for equality, we do not always know how to take action in that awkward moment—especially if we are not sure whether the person making the comment actually meant to cause harm.

As individuals dedicated to dismantling systemic oppression, we must be empowered to take action in these moments when bias manifests so that we can create a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming environment for all people. This training seeks to empower and equip participants to speak out in response to those all too common, “Did they really just say that?!” moments when bias emerges. This training illustrates the importance of committing to being an active bystander in moments when bias emerges through microaggressions, as well as provides actionable skills to do so. These skills are tailored to create educational conversations in response to biased comments/actions, rather than eliciting a defensive reaction from the person who has (perhaps unintentionally) caused harm.

Participants in this training will thus learn how to communicate effectively in challenging situations through the employment of strategies that can be tailored to the particular situation at hand.


Mx. Lena Tenney, MPA, MEd., Coordinator of Public Engagement, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity

Cultivating an Inclusive Environment: Recognizing and Responding to Unconscious Bias - January 2020, December 2019, September 2019

This interactive workshop will explore how identities, beliefs, and backgrounds shape our perceptions of other people in ways that can negatively impact the people with whom we interact and unconsciously widen the diversity gap. Participants will learn how to identify and empathetically respond to implicit bias in order to foster a more inclusive environment at work, home, and in their communities. This workshop provides a nurturing and judgement-free space for participants to share and discuss their experiences and learn strategies for being an active bystander.  

This workshop is free and open to the entire OSU community on a first come basis. Cap: 40 participants. Lunch will be provided. 


  • Columbus - Thursday, January 9th, 1:30-4:30 pm (Eastman Room/Room 100, 4H Center). Registration deadline January 8. 
  • Wooster - Friday, January 17th, 1:30-4:30 pm (126 Research Services). Registration deadline January 16. 

Identity, Power, and Privilege - October 2019

What does it mean to have privilege? How do your social identities (e.g., race, gender, class, religion, sexuality, etc.) grant or deny you privilege? How do you know when you have it and when you don't? How can we use power and privilege to break the cycle of oppression? This workshop will explore these questions, offering participants an opportunity to delve deeply into their social identities by creating a Multiple Social Identity Profile - a process that reveals how we all have and lack privilege simultaneously. Participants will begin to uncover sources of bias that have been reinforced by an unrelenting cycle of socialization, develop skills for effective allyship, and learn how implementing even the smallest of steps toward equity, inclusion, and justice can transform an individual into an agent of change in their communities and profession. 

Men, Women, and Everyone Else: An Exploration of Sex, Gender, and Gender Identity - November 2019

The words "sex" and "gender" are frequently used synonymously, but they actually refer to different, but related, characteristics. So, what is sex? What is gender? And what happens when they don't align? What does it mean to be "transgender"? How do all of these concepts relate to other identities such as sexual and affectional orientations? This workshop will take a deep look into the surprisingly complex world of sex and gender and will culminate in an in-depth discussion of the diversity of transgender identities. We are socialized to believe that there are only two sexes/genders - this workshop is designed to challenge that assumption, making room for a variety of identities that do not fit the norm of male or female, man or woman. Common myths and misconceptions about transgender people will be dispelled and a basic language for discussing gender identity will be introduced. Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of how their identities fit in the limitless continua of possibilities and be better equipped to create safer, more inclusive environments for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals at work and in their communities.