Learning Opportunities

United Black World Month

Every February, the Student Life Center for Belonging and Social Change, in collaboration with offices and student organizations across campus, recognizes United Black World Month (UBWM). This month-long celebration reflects on the experiences and contributions of persons of African descent. Are you hosting an event for United Black World Month? Let us know! Submit your event, and we'll add it to this calendar!

You can also join the OSU Center for Belonging and Social Change for events during February.  2024 calendar of events here.

Advocates & Allies for Equity Ally Workshops

Create a More Inclusive and Equitable Culture at Ohio State

The Women’s Place invites you to attend an Ally workshop and help create a more inclusive and equitable culture for women colleagues and minoritized groups at Ohio State. As the primary participants in this program, male colleagues share and learn while holding each other accountable for growth. Led by and for men*, these sessions aim to offer a safe and supportive space for participating in critical conversations.

Male campus leaders, called Advocates, will lead these intermediate-level Ally workshops. Participants will learn about gender bias and microaggressions, evidence-based strategies to interrupt them, and ways to contribute to positive changes on Ohio State's campuses. This NSF-supported approach facilitated by The Women's Place helps create an environment where all can thrive and make their full contributions. If you have already attended an ally workshop, please share these opportunities with your male colleagues. Learn more and register.

Virtual: February 6, 2024, noon – 2pm

Virtual: March 7, 2024, 2 – 4pm

In-person: June 14, 2024, 10am – noon

(Note: The same workshop is being offered on the three dates above.)

* We welcome transgender and nonbinary people who feel comfortable in a setting focused on men’s transformational learning to participate as both Advocates and Allies.

Navigating Difficult Diversity Equity and Inclusion Conversations

“I just don't know how to have this conversation.” If you have ever had this thought, this workshop is for you. Difficult conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) range from conceptual to conflict resolution. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to learn what is important to consider when having difficult conversations and offers concrete tools to avoid harmful conversations in favor of healing ones. Register now.

February 6, 2024 | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Foundations

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Foundations workshop aims to host a reset on what diversity, equity and inclusion means for you and/or your team. Through personal reflection, redefining core concepts, and reframing the work around justice, this workshop provides a meaningful opportunity to discuss what DEI currently looks like for you and/or your team, as well as shape what it can look like moving forward. Register now.

February 14, 2024 | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

College of Engineering Book Club 

Join the CARE office and the Racial and Social Justice Community of Practice as we explore Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom” by Kelly A. Hogan and Viji Sathy.  

The seven virtual meetings (one per chapter) will occur approximately every two weeks and culminate with a virtual author visit to answer questions posed by the group. Pick a copy of the book to read and join any discussions.  Didn't have a chance to read the book but interested in the topic? No worries, everyone is welcome to join the conversation. 

Join the conversation on February 14, 2024, as we conclude the Book Club with a virtual visit from the authors and discussion. 

Introduction to Neurodivergence

Staff from the Ohio State University Employee Assistance Program will provide an overview of neurodivergence. After attending this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe what neurodivergence is and why it exists.
  • Recognize the diversity of experiences and identities within the neurodivergent community.
  • Value the unique gifts, abilities, and skills neurodivergent people possess because of their experiences living in a society primarily designed for neurotypical brains.
  • Better understand and engage with neurodivergent people in a variety of contexts.
  • Function as an ally to neurodivergent people by countering misinformation with facts and responding to microaggressions as an active bystander.

Register here!

February 16,2024, 10:00am-11:00am 

Social Identity 101

The first step in the social change process is self-reflection. Our Social Identity 101 workshop offers participants a guided opportunity to dive deeper into understanding their social identities and privileges. Participants will learn how social identity connects to oppression, debunk the myth of reverse oppression, and identify ways in which we navigate away from defensiveness and guilt to leverage our privileges and/or power for advocacy and social change. Register here.

February 20, 2024 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Exploding Myths About Transgender and Nonbinary People

In this 90-minute workshop, we will cover basic terminology and differentiate identities related to gender and sex that frequently get confused. We will address several common myths and misconceptions about transgender and non-binary people and identify strategies for creating welcoming and inclusive environments for people of all genders, including those who challenge cisnormative expectations. Ways that cisgender people can serve as allies to transgender and nonbinary people will be identified. Register on BuckeyeLearn (select desired session)

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 4:00 pm-5:30 pm

COE Coffee Chats

You are invited to join the College of Engineering Coffee Chats via CarmenZoom. Join the meeting here: CarmenZoom Coffee Chat

Meeting ID: 981 6728 7749

Password: 776812

Inclusive Teaching in Eng. Curriculum: Strategies and Examples​ with Rachel Childers and Jen Leight.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE: Setting up SLDS accommodations for assignments & exams with Jamonae Scarborough and Cheryl Lyons on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 9:00 am-10:00am

DEIJA View Courageous Conversation Series

Join colleges from across the College of Engineering and Knowlton School each month at noon as we explore and discuss topics through the DEIJA View. Visit DEIJA View Courageous Conversations to sign up for 2024 sessions. 

Join us Friday, February 23, 2024, at 12:00 PM -The Antiracism Continuum.

The Gift of Accountability: How to Respond When Someone Calls You In/Out for Causing Harm

We all do it - say or do something, often unintentionally, that causes harm to someone. Maybe it's just a slip of the tongue or a microaggression. Sometimes, we're lucky and an ally intervenes to let us know what we did that caused harm and why. This is an act of generosity and creates an opportunity for personal growth and connection and how it’s received determines the outcome of the conversation. So, how do you accept the gift of accountability in a way that fosters trust? This 90-minute workshop will address best practices for engaging in accountability conversations when you've been called in/out for causing harm. Register.

Friday, February 23, 2024, at 2:00pm-3:30pm

On-Demand Learning

BuckeyeLearn provides on-demand training and access 24/7. 

  • Accessibility Fundamentals: Disability Etiquette Basics
  • Diversity Basics 
  • A Glimpse into Emotional Intelligence
  • Conversations on Performance Management
  • Student Wellness Center's 9 Dimensions of Wellness
  • Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competence 

Cultural Competency Checklist Overview: Download Overview 

Review an on-demand video on the university’s shared values: Shared Values Overview

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