Professional Development Workshops

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 (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 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. 

Spring 2020 Workshop Offerings

January 

Cultivating an Inclusive Environment: Recognizing and Responding to Unconscious 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 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. 

Offerings:

  • 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. 

February 

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

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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.

This workshop is free and open to the entire OSU community. Cap: 35. This workshop will also be made available to our colleagues at OSU's regional campuses who want to attend remotely via Zoom. 

Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

Facilitator:

Lena Tenney, MPA, MEd., Coordinator of Public Engagement, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity
Pronouns: they/them/theirs
Honorific: Mx. Tenney

Offerings:

Thursday, February 6th from 1:30-4:30 pm (Agricultural Administration Building, Room 250A, 2120 Fyffe Rd., 43210)

Check back later for updates on our March, April, and May workshops!

Past Workshop Offerings

Identity, Power, and Privilege

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

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.