Fall 2019 Professional Development Workshops

Office of Equity and Inclusion Professional Development Workshops

All workshops are facilitated by Dr. Leo Taylor, Program Director for Equity and Inclusion. Please contact Equity and Inclusion’s Program Director, Dr. Leo Taylor (taylor.3408@osu.edu), or Program Assistant, Alicia Baca (baca.31@osu.edu), if you have questions or would like more information. These workshops are free and open to all CFAES 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. 

Fall 2019 Workshop Offerings

September

Cultivating an Inclusive Environment: Recognizing and Responding to Implicit Bias

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This interactive workshop will explore how identities, beliefs, and backgrounds shape our perceptions of other people in ways that can unconsciously widen the diversity gap and negatively impact us and the people we interact with. Participants will learn how to identify and empathetically respond to unconscious, or implicit, bias in order to foster a more inclusive environment for everyone. Prior to the workshop, participants are asked to take a few online tests developed by Harvard University to detect unconscious biases and preferences. The Implicit Associations Tests are brief, easy to complete and informative http://www.implicit.harvard.edu/implicit. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their results during the workshop in a respectful and judgement-free environment. Cap: 30 participants. 

Lunch will be provided. This workshop will be offered again in December.

Offerings:

Columbus - Thursday, September 5th, 1:30-4:30 pm (Eastman Room, 4H Center). Registration deadline September 4. 

Wooster - Friday, September 6th, 1:30-4:30 pm (126 Research Services). Registration deadline September 4. 

October

Identity, Power, and Privilege

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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. Cap: 30 participants. 

Lunch will be provided. 

Offerings:

Columbus - Thursday, October 3rd, 1:30-4:30 pm (Eastman Room, 4H Center). Registration deadline October 1. 

Wooster - Friday, October 4th, 1:30-4:30 pm (126 Research Services). Registration deadline October 2. 

November

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

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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. Cap: 30 participants. 
  
Lunch will be provided. 

Offerings:

Columbus - Thursday, November 7th, 1:30-4:30 pm (Eastman Room, 4H Center). Registration deadline November 4.

Wooster - Friday, November 8th, 1:30-4:30 pm (126 Research Services). Registration deadline November 5. 

December

Cultivating an Inclusive Environment: Recognizing and Responding to Implicit Bias

Register Now!

This interactive workshop will explore how identities, beliefs, and backgrounds shape our perceptions of other people in ways that can unconsciously widen the diversity gap and negatively impact us and the people we interact with. Participants will learn how to identify and empathetically respond to unconscious, or implicit, bias in order to foster a more inclusive environment for everyone. Prior to the workshop, participants are asked to take a few online tests developed by Harvard University to detect unconscious biases and preferences. The Implicit Associations Tests are brief, easy to complete and informative http://www.implicit.harvard.edu/implicit (you do not need to register, just click "project implicit social attitudes"). Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their results during the workshop in a respectful and judgement-free environment. Cap: 30 participants. 

Lunch will be provided. 

Offerings:

Columbus - Thursday, December 12th, 1:30-4:30 pm (International Room, 4H Center). Registration deadline December 10.

Wooster - Friday, December 13th, 1:30-4:30 pm (Conference Room 130, Research Services). Registration deadline December 11.