CFAES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Webinars

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professional Development Webinars

All webinars are facilitated by Dr. Leo Taylor, Program Manager for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, unless otherwise specified. They are scheduled throughout the year as free open trainings (i.e., anyone at OSU can attend, sometimes they are open to the public) or as on-demand in-house programs for individual units, departments, offices, and organizations throughout CFAES, including extension. At this time it is not possible for Dr. Taylor to deliver in-house programs to units outside of CFAES. If you are a member of the CFAES community and would like to schedule a specific program for your unit, please contact Dr. Taylor at taylor.3408@osu.edu. Please include a timeline for delivery, requested topic(s), and approximate number of participants. Dr. Taylor is also available to give guest lectures on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics in courses for CFAES faculty.

Upcoming Webinars

Implicit Associations, Insidious Assumptions: Unintended Manifestations of Bias in Everyday Life

Friday, October 23rd, 2:00-4:00 pm

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This 2-hour, interactive webinar will provide an overview of the various types of bias that humans experience with an emphasis on implicit bias. We will explore how our socialization process leads to the formation of conscious and unconscious associations, stereotypes, and prejudices that can influence how we treat others in unintended ways. Participants will learn common ways that bias manifests in the form of subtle microaggressions and identify strategies that can help reduce the impact of implicit biases. Prior to the webinar participants will be asked to complete several online Implicit Association Tests. The IAT is a tool that has been shown to predict discriminatory behavior in certain conditions and can be helpful in uncovering hidden biases. An opportunity for discussion of test results and their implications will be provided during the webinar. Stand Up, Speak Out! How to Interrupt Bias by Being an Active Bystander on November 17th builds upon the knowledge in this webinar.

This event is free and open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty. It will not be recorded.

If you have any questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations, please contact Alicia Baca (baca.31@osu.edu). Typically a two weeks' notice will allow us to provide seamless access.


The Intersectionality of Blackness and Queerness: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 28th, 6:30-8:00 pm

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Black people who are members of the LGBTQ+ community (broadly referred to here as “Queer”) have unique experiences because they belong to multiple marginalized social identity groups and their identities intersect in complex ways. How does the intersection of these identities shape the lives of Black Queer individuals? This 90-minute panel discussion will feature a diverse group of Black Queer community leaders and will be moderated by local educator and activist, Izetta Nicole. Panelists (see below) will describe their experiences with issues such as: navigating predominantly white, heteronormative spaces and what that means for authentic self-expression at work; balancing advocacy and activism at work and “real” life; coping with the cumulative trauma of Blackness and Queerness; and positionality within the current social and racial justice uprisings and the Black Lives Matter movement. The moderated panel discussion will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with attendees.

This event is free and open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty.

If you have any questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations, please contact Alicia Baca (baca.31@osu.edu). Typically a two weeks' notice will allow us to provide seamless access.

Moderator Bio

Izetta NicolePoet, personality and emcee, Izetta Nicole (she/her/hers) has performed on various local and national stages. She has served as a panelist at various conventions including Geek Girl Con Seattle and Cincinnati Comic Expo. Izetta is known for speaking on inclusivity in media, social justice topics and gender related studies in early childhood education. As a moderator, mc and poet, Izetta has worked with local organizations such as The Ohio State University, Creative Control Fest, Streetlight Guild, ComFest, the Columbus Education Association and more. Izetta won the 2013 Columbus Arts Festival poetry contest. She continues her career as an educator, hosts a weekly FB Live show entitled Auntie Zettie's Read Aloud Time and is a staff writer for www.blacknerdproblems.com.

Izetta is both an educator and social activist. 

She lives in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio with the love of her life Tiffani, fur baby #therealWilloSmith and 20+ plant babies. You can follow her Hufflepuffian streams of consciousness on IG and Twitter @IzettaNicole. 

About the Panelists

Devon AyersDevon Ayers (he/him/his), Columbus Ohio's very own Gender-Bred Man, is a multi-award winning pageant king and promoter, and reigning Mr. Ohio Burlesque. He is the founder of Gentleman Ayers Entertainment, co-producer of the Ohio Burlesque Festival, former co-producer of Ohio Burlypicks Solid Gold and one-half of the production powerhouse Foxx-Ayers Production. Devon has worked to challenge gender norms through art, education and advocacy for years but having the opportunity to speak words of empowerment out loud drove him to play a much more active role in his trans community and subsequently led to him being asked to serve on the board of Columbus’ annual Trans Pride March committee. He brings a wealth of event planning and organizing experience to every table he is brought to. 

Brandon C. ChapmanBrandon C. Chapman (he/him/his) is the CEO of The Chapman Consulting Group, LLC manages community programs, and partnerships throughout Central Ohio. His professional background is in workforce development, community development, education, and non-profit management. Brandon is a graduate of Wilberforce University in Organizational Management. He is Chairman of Africentric Personal Development Shop Board of Trustees, he is an executive committee member on Stonewall Pride.

 

Karen HewittKaren Hewitt (Ze/Hir/She/Her), MAED is passionate about the heart work of advocacy, transformative justice, empathetic leadership, education, creativity, and connection. Currently, Ze serves as Deputy Director for Kaleidoscope Youth Center in Columbus, OH - the largest and longest-standing organization in Ohio solely dedicated to supporting LGBTQIA+ youth. Karen also facilitates and consults in Diversity Management and Workforce Development. Ze is very active in the Columbus local artist scene as a performer, writer, poet, singer, healer, curator and creative. She is a published author and an event curator. Karen is committed to doing the work of holding space to create connection, belonging and community. Karen serves on a variety of committees, commissions, and collectives in Columbus to further advance the work of social justice and create visibility and representation for Black, Queer, Non-Gender Conforming/Non-Binary intersections in these spaces. She is a non-negotiable stand for the most marginalized and the dignity and value of every human life.

Leisan SmithLeisan C. Smith (she/her/hers) is a mom, wife, an educator and advocate. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, but is a proud Bearcat, earning her B.A. in Communication and a Masters in Educational Foundations with a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Leisan has served in management positions in the Cincinnati area at a charter high school, a pre-college program and at the university level. Most recently she was the inaugural Director of the University of Cincinnati’s LGBTQ Center. In the fall of 2015, she moved back to Columbus and joined Bexley City Schools as the Director of Student & Community Engagement.  Her goals focus on addressing non-academic barriers to success for students. In this role, she oversees school climate initiatives and work that includes social/emotional development, mental health, and diversity/equity/inclusion. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Kaleidoscope Youth Center (KYC). KYC is the largest and longest-standing organization in Ohio solely dedicated to serving and supporting queer youth. They work to provide a safer place, programming, and leadership opportunities so that youth can be free to explore who they are and empowered to become their confident, truest self. Leisan is dedicated to helping communities that are often marginalized find their voice and have a place at the table.  She works to make sure that conversations about diversity and inclusion are intersectional.


Stand Up, Speak Out! How to Interrupt Bias by Being an Active Bystander

Tuesday, November 17th, 2:00-4:00 pm

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All too often we witness subtle comments or behaviors rooted in bias that intentionally or unintentionally cause harm to others, especially those directed toward people in vulnerable populations. Have you ever been in a situation like that and wanted to say or do something, but didn't know what to do? Anyone can become an active bystander and learn to address explicit and implicit bias. In this 2-hour, interactive webinar, we will explore some of the most common forms of bias and identify tools you can use as an active bystander to interrupt bias in daily life. We will discuss strategies you can deploy to stop the harm and provide educational moments for those enacting implicit bias. These tools will enable you to create more welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environments and contribute to the transformation of oppressive social systems.

This event is free and open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty. It will not be recorded.

If you have any questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations, please contact Alicia Baca (baca.31@osu.edu). Typically a two weeks' notice will allow us to provide seamless access.


Identity, Power, and Privilege

Tuesday, November 24th, 2:00-4:00 pm

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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 transform systems that perpetuate inequity? This 2-hour interactive webinar will explore these questions, providing participants with an opportunity to delve into their social identities - a process that reveals how we all have and lack privilege simultaneously. Participants will begin to uncover sources of bias that have been reinforced through socialization, critically evaluate stereotypes and assumptions about social identity groups, and identify small actions that can be taken to disrupt inequitable social systems.

This event is free and open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty. It will not be recorded.If you have any questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations, please contact Alicia Baca (baca.31@osu.edu). Typically a two weeks' notice will allow us to provide seamless access.