Other Events and Workshops

participants at a workshop at the Wooster campus

Recurring Events

Graduate Student Support Group

Every Friday, 5:00-6:00PM, via Zoom

Are you a current or incoming graduate student looking for a supportive community during this stage in your academic career? The Graduate Student Support Group serves as a safe and confidential network to help graduate students manage the challenges that arise during this exciting, but stressful chapter in their lives. 

Due to the current health crisis all graduate Student Support Group Meetings are now being held online via Zoom exclusively. Please email Dr. Leo Taylor (taylor.3408@osu.edu) to receive the Zoom link.

Other Events Around Campus and in Our Community


Becoming Weavers in a Divided Nation

Thursday, January 21st, 5:15-6:30PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the Divided Community Project

Attendance: Will be open to all through Zoom (link will be live at the time of the event).

Format: We are in the midst of a polarized nation, further separated by a polarized election. David Brooks, the influential New York Times columnist, will share thoughts about work to weave together the social fabric, and a panel of Ohio State leaders will share short illustrations about how they've engaged in “weaving” work. More about weaving: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/programs/weave-the-social-fabric-initiative/.

President Kristina M. Johnson will share opening remarks.

Other confirmed speakers:

  • David Brooks, New York Times op-ed columnist
  • Sarah Cole, Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Norman Jones, Dean & Director, OSU Mansfield
  • Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Teri Murphy, Co-Director of Conflict to Peace Lab, Mershon Center for International Security Studies
  • Gene Smith, Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director
  • Lena Tenney, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, College of Pharmacy

“An Interview: Eyes in the Prize as Documentary and Document,” Judy Richardson, SNCC Veteran, Documentary Filmmaker

Friday, January 22nd, 4:30-5:30PM, Zoom

Judy Richardson is a Civil Rights Movement veteran and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She was on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the South, from 1963 to 1966, working in SNCC’s national office in Atlanta; in Mississippi during “Freedom Summer”; in Southwest Georgia; and in Lowndes County, Alabama. She describers her experiences on the front lines of the movement in Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, which she co-edited with five other female SNCC activists. In 1978, Ms. Richardson began her first stint with the film production company Blackside, Inc. She worked on all 14 hours of Blackside’s seminal PBS series, Eyes on the Prize, which received an Academy Award nomination and won six Emmys. She was Series Associate Producer for the second series, content advisor and researcher for the first series, and Education Director for the full series. In this talk, Ms. Richardson will draw on her movement experiences and involvement in producing Eyes On The Prize to provide an insider’s take on the making and meaning of this groundbreaking series.

Our Body, Our Embodiment

Sunday, January 24th, 3:00-4:00PM, Zoom

Join the MCC alongside USG, and SHRED ED for an intersectional conversation about body positivity and issues regarding body image. This event is open to everyone as much of these issues are not specific to race or gender. Come as you are for a low stress, interactive and creative event.

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Sophia Antoun at antoun.5@osu.edu. Requests made two weeks in advance will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

"The Intergenerational Transmission of Discrimination: Children’s Experiences of Unfair Treatment and Their Mothers’ Health at Midlife”

Monday, January 25th, 12:00-1:00PM, Zoom

Join the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth for our first Lean In speaker of the new year, Cynthia G. Colen, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Colleges of Sociology and Public Health at Ohio State. 

Dr. Colen will explore the growing body of research suggesting that maternal exposure to discrimination helps to explain racial disparities in children’s health. However, no study has considered if the intergenerational health effects of unfair treatment operate in the opposite direction—from child to mother. To this end, we use data from mother/child pairs in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 to determine whether adolescent and young adult children’s experiences of discrimination influence their mothers’ health across midlife.

We find that children who report more frequent instances of discrimination have mothers whose self-rated health declines more rapidly between ages 40 and 50 years. Furthermore, racial disparities in exposure to discrimination among children explain almost 10% of the Black/White gap but little of the Hispanic/White gap in self-rated health among these mothers. We conclude that the negative health impacts of discrimination are likely to operate in a bidirectional fashion across key family relationships.

Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program Featuring Tressie McMillan Cottom

Wednesday, January 27th, 3:00-4:00PM, Zoom

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an award-winning author, researcher, educator, and cultural critic whose work has been recognized nationally and internationally for the urgency and depth of her incisive critical analysis of technology, higher education, class, race, and gender.

The foundation for her first book, Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy, was formed by dissertation research for her doctorate from Emory University’s Laney Graduate School. In Lower Ed, she questions the fundamental narrative of American education policy. Carol Anderson calls Lower Ed, “nuanced, carefully argued, and engagingly written.”

In 2019, she released Thick: and Other Essays. The collection has been described as “essential,” and the Chicago Tribune calls her, “the author you need to read now.” Dorothy Roberts compares reading it to “holding a mirror to your soul and to that of America.” Thick was the winner of the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize and was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award. 

From Asian to APIDA: Redefining our community, nurturing our unity

Wednesday, January 27th, 6:00-7:00PM, Zoom

To truly celebrate APIDA Heritage Month, we have to first create our Buckeye understanding of APIDA. In this session we will be learning about where the acronym APIDA comes from, how each of us has developed a relationship with the aspect of our identity that ties to APIDA, and what where we stand as a community with a multiplicity of relationships to race, religion, immigration, oppression and marginalization.

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Sophia Antoun at antoun.5@osu.edu. Requests made two weeks in advance will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Panel Discussion | Picture a Scientist

Monday, February 1st, 4:00-5:00PM, Zoom

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the SACNAS Chapter OSU are hosting a virtual screening of the documentary film, Picture a Scientist (https://www.pictureascientist.com/) from January 30 to February 1. The film follows three scientists confronting gender and racial biases in STEM fields. Picture a Scientist was an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and provides perspectives on making science more diverse, equitable, and open to all. 

A panel discussion will also take place on Monday, February 1st at 4 p.m. EST and will include Dr. Jane Willenbring, one of the scientists featured in the film, along with Ohio State scientists, Dr. Terry Wilson, Dr. Marcela Hernandez, and Dr. Laura Lopez.

Register below to receive access to the screening and join us for the February 1 panel discussion. The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 27. After registration has closed, you will receive a link to the film to watch during the weekend of January 29, 30, and 31.

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Stacy Porter at porter.573@osu.edu. Requests made by January 18 will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Opening Celebration of United Black World Month Featuring LaTosha Brown

Wednesday, February 3rd, 6:00-7:00PM, Zoom

The Student Life Multicultural Center, along with the United Black World Month Planning Committee, presents the Opening Celebration for United Black World Month. This year’s programs for United Black World Month will celebrate the theme of Black Lives: Narratives of Activism Around the World. The opening celebration of United Black world month will feature culturally conscious artistic expression from the Maroon Arts group and political activist, LaTosha Brown.

The Maroon Arts Group (MAG) is a collective of creatives who have galvanized to develop and provide a platform for conscious art centered around the preservation and promotion of cultures of African descent. For more information about the Maroon Arts Group and how to get involved please visit maroonartsgroup.com. You can also follow the Maroon Arts Group on Facebook and Instagram.

LaTosha Brown is a cofounder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, and has played an active role most recently in the 2020 election. Commonly known as the "Black Renaissance woman," LaTosha Brown has been nationally recognized as a political organizer, community and political activist, and philanthropist. Her expertise has brought her to be featured on several news sites such as CNN, HBO, MSNBC and Fox. Find more information about LaTosha Brown online.

Sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center, Student Life Social Change, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center and The Department of African and African American Studies.

2021 Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, & Disability Conference

Monday, April 19th and Tuesday, April 20th, Zoom

This annual conference aims to serve as a catalyst for positive change and a springboard for collaborations with our partners in education, business, public, and social service. Each year a series of workshops will provide a forum for individuals and organizations to expand their knowledge and perspectives, and an opportunity to increase community resources through the synergy of collaboration.

The workshops are designed to bring a diverse audience together to discuss the full spectrum of disability issues and experiences. To ensure broad participation from the university community, business, state and local government, educators, advocacy organizations, social service agencies, and individuals with disabilities sponsors are sought each year to subsidize conference participants. This year’s conference will consider disability as context and will explore:

  • How is disability experienced across race, religion, gender, age and geography?
  • How is disability reflected in work, education, commerce and leisure?
  • How can disability transform our environment, culture and politics?

Conference presentations will examine the foundations of access or design an inclusive future by submitting a proposal. Presentations that encourage discussion across the typical social and disciplinary boundaries; connect individuals to local, national or international communities; or consider parallels, distinctions and intersections with race, gender and ethnicity will be given a preference.

The 2021 conference will take place on Monday, April 19th and Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 and proposals are due on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021. This year’s conference will have a virtual component and in-person participation will be determined based on safety consideration.

For full details about the conference, please visit the conference’s homepage.