ODI Spring Convocation

Students participate in the 2015 Spring Convocation

At the beginning of the current academic year, graduate and professional students came together for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s 43rd Annual Graduate and Professional Student Orientation and Networking Reception. The ODI event brought about so many new connections for students that they requested a similar gathering at the close of the academic year. The First Annual Graduate and Professional Spring Convocation and Networking Reception was created to give students a chance to connect and network before classes ended.

The students in attendance heard from representatives of several graduate and professional student organizations about upcoming events and meetings and listened to a keynote speech from Dr. Samuel R. Hodge, a professor of Kinesiology in The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology. The theme of his talk was “Ordinary but not normal.” Dr. Hodge spoke about his experiences in school, where often he was one of only a few black students. For students finding themselves in similar situations, Dr. Hodge told them, “You can be a token or a pioneer. The choice is all in your mindset,” he said. His other advice to students was for them to pay attention to the details, demand respect, and to give back and reach out: “Remember, your success equals my success,” he stated.

The evening concluded with a networking reception.