DEI Education

DEI Education

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Education Program in the Office of Strategic Diversity Planning, Training, and Assessment supports campus-wide efforts to create an equitable, socially just institution where all Buckeyes and guests feel they are valued and belong. Our program is designed to support the DEI needs of faculty, staff and other university employees. We offer a variety of educational experiences to build the intradepartmental skills necessary for faculty and staff, including student employees and graduate students, to achieve their personal, professional, and organizational DEI goals.

Our Workshops

Descriptions of the various workshops offered, as well as links to register for each, are listed below. All of our workshops can be requested and customized for your team.

Our DEI 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.

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.

Microaggressions cause harm in every workplace. Yet many of us remain confused about what a microaggression is, how to know if one is happening / has happened, and the numerous ways microaggressions impact others. This 90-minute workshop offers a deep dive into microaggressions, microaggessive terminology, and the impacts of microaggressions in our everyday lives. By offering participants the opportunity to expand their knowledge of microaggressions, our workshop aims to encourage the understanding, compassion and confidence necessary to identifying microaggressions and intervening when they are happening.

This workshop focuses on how we can address microaggressions. Participants will learn microintervention strategies that can be used when we experience or witness a microaggression, as well as learn how to prepare for microintervention in the workplace. This is an application-based workshop, and participants will have numerous opportunities to practice these strategies as well as reflect on how they can use them moving forward. This workshop is designed to be attended after Microaggressions 101.

When learning about microaggressions, many of us wonder how we can intervene when we experience or witness a microaggression. But what do we do when someone tells us we are the person enacting a microaggression? How can we practice dismantling microaggressions in our everyday self-expression at work? How do we empathetically and consistently hold ourselves and each other accountable? This workshop offers participants an opportunity to reflect on the ways all of us can perpetuate microaggressions and will explore how to move forward once we've been made aware of the microaggressions we perpetuate. Participants will build skills such as crafting meaningful apologies, learning to understand and say what we really mean, and strategies for holding ourselves accountable.

“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 DEI conversations and offers concrete tools to avoid harmful conversations in favor of healing ones.

A fundamental part of skill building is practice. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to practice the dialogue building skills and de-escalation techniques introduced in our Navigating Difficult DEI Conversations workshop. Participants will be given different workplace scenarios and will collaborate with one another to apply these dialogue building and de-escalation skills in real time. Note: This workshop is designed to be attended after our Navigating Difficult DEI Conversations workshop.

A fundamental part of skill building is practice. This workshop gives participants an opportunity to practice how we can address microaggressions. Participants will work together to apply microintervention strategies that can be used when we experience or witness a microaggression, as well as practice strategies for how to respond to microintervention resistance and microintervention with supervisors / leadership. Note: This workshop is designed to be attended after Microaggressions 102.

For decades, Asian and Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) folks have been denied our racial reality. Socially constructed perceptions of either academic or professional success have made us a “model minority," effectively erasing our historical and present day experiences with systemic racism and oppression. When we unpack the numerous identities that exist within the APIDA community and the historical legacy of oppression APIDA folks contend with on a daily basis, we see that the label of “model minority” is nothing but a myth, and that this label serves a very different sociological function.

For Asian and Asian American communities, the global response to COVID-19 has meant a reiteration of anti-Asian racism and scapegoating. Since January 2020, Asian and Asian American communities have lived with unceasing, racially motivated attacks, ranging from verbal berating and humiliation to brutal acts of violence targeting our communities' most vulnerable. The Atlanta murders of six Asian identifying women, and the countless, daily attacks on Asian elders, several of which have ended in fatalities, are evidence of this violence.

Additional Workshops

In addition to the above workshops aimed at DEI educational experiences, the Office of Strategic Diversity Planning, Training, and Assessment also offers Inclusive Excellence Workshops providing guidance on planning and assessment. We also maintain a list of additional DEI education resources and trainings available from other units at Ohio State.