Dialogue and Discussion
Series on Diversity

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Dialogue and Discussion Series on Diversity offers The Ohio State University faculty, staff and students an opportunity to explore topics that impact diversity on the university’s campus. This annual discussion series promotes excellence through diversity while enhancing the educational experience for the Ohio State community.

For more information, contact Tai Cornute.


2016 Series Highlights

Wendy Smooth discusses women in politicsThe Power of the Pants Suit: Women's Representation in Politics

The first Dialogue and Discussion on Diversity featured Professor Wendy Smooth, an associate professor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. The session focused on the growth of women’s participation in politics at all levels as well as gendered representation of women in politics. Both implicit and explicit bias were covered along with the emphasis on women voters and their issues.


in the know participantsIn the Know: Empowering Citizens with Knowledge of Their Rights

The second Dialogue and Discussion on Diversity featured Daniel Tokaji from the Moritz College of Law and Steve David, from the ACLU of Ohio. The discussion focused on providing an overview of citizen’s right related to state and federal election as well as interactions with law enforcement. Currents events were used as examples for a question and answer between the speakers and the audience.


Black Lives Matter panelExploring the Black Lives Matter Movement and Its Impact on Student Activism

The third Dialogue and Discussion on Diversity featured a panel that included: Senator Charleta B. Tavares, Ohio 15th Senatorial District; Curtis Austin, PhD, Associate Professor, African American and African Studies; Jasmine M. Ashby, Ohio State Student, International Studies and Economics; and Ché Jackson, Ohio State Student, Pre-Nursing. The session explored and provided a better understanding of the Black Lives Matter Movement and how it has shaped the nature of student activism.


Road to recovery with fog and treesSarah Nerad, MPA, profeam manager for the Office of Student Life's Collegiate Recovery Program, spoke about the services available to Buckeyes who are in or seeking recovery from addictions. She spoke about the various services available, such as mentors, help with admissions, and support groups. The CRC serves as the main touch point for students in recovery who are either currently attending or plan on attending The Ohio State University by acting as a connector for the students and assisting them in utilizing resources on and off campus. For more information, visit https://swc.osu.edu/services/alcohol-tobacco-and-other-drugs/collegiate-recovery-community/