Education for Citizenship Events

Education for Citizenship Events

Listen Courageously Workshop

April 7 or 8, 2021

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. ET

Listen Courageously is an immersive virtual workshop designed to make participants more aware of their listening blocks and better able to engage in heart-centered conversations that lead to understanding.

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2021 Discussion Series

Five Education for Citizenship Discussion Series events were held from Jan.14 through Feb. 11, 2021. Each event was recorded, and the videos are available on this webpage. Planning continues for possible additional events, and will be announced as details are finalized.

A moderated discussion with

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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. Learn more about weaving.

President Kristina M. Johnson will share opening remarks.


  • David Brooks, New York Times op-ed columnist
  • David Campbell, a second-year dental student
  • Sarah Cole, Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Norman Jones, Dean & Director, OSU Mansfield
  • Adesh Labhasetwar, a junior majoring in economics; international relations and diplomacy, and Spanish
  • Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Teri Murphy, Co-Director of Conflict to Peace Lab, Mershon Center for International Security Studies
  • Robert Soto, an undergraduate student in journalism
  • Gene Smith, Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director
  • Lena Tenney, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, College of Pharmacy

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President Kristina M. Johnson will share opening remarks.

The event will be moderated by Tina Pierce, program manager, John Glenn College of Public Affairs (and member of the Columbus Board of Education), and these panelists:

  • Rachel Kleit, associate dean of faculty affairs, College of Engineering; professor of city and regional planning, Knowlton School of Architecture
  • Wendy Smooth, associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and associate professor of College of Arts and Sciences
  • Winston C. Thompson, associate professor, College of Education and Human Ecology

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President Kristina M. Johnson will share opening remarks.

Moderator Nicole Kraft, associate professor of clinical communication, College of Arts of Sciences. Panelists include:

  • R. Kelly Garrett, professor, School of Communication
  • David Landsbergen, associate professor and graduate studies chair, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
  • Davon Norris, a doctoral candidate in sociology focused on research involving involving credit, algorithmic/predictive scoring, and inequality

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Public confidence in American democracy is at an all-time low – citizens across the political spectrum are dissatisfied with democratic cornerstones such as the fairness of the electoral process, political representation in Congress, the amount of power conferred to the president, and the politicization of the courts. Join an Ohio State University panel to discuss the causes of this loss of faith, and to explore ways that confidence in the American democratic system can be rebuilt.

Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron shares opening remarks.

The moderators for the event are Stacy Rastauskas, Destiny Brown and Eyako Heh. Rastauskas is vice president for government affairs, and Brown and Heh are both fourth-year undergraduate students studying political science. Panelists include:

Guiding Student Conversation Around the Inauguration

This third installment in in the Drake Institute Pop-Up Conversation series focuses on teaching as the 2021 Presidential Inauguration approaches, and the many emotional responses our students will bring to our classes. Specifically, the session will address some of questions we hear instructors asking: How do I talk to my students about this? How do I handle it if it comes up in my classroom? How do I help students continue to learn when they may be distracted by national political conversations?

Technology has significantly changed how we engage in democracy. A focus on consumption of social media becomes even more important in an environment characterized by rapidly evolving global co-occurring crises. Without the tools and skills to determine the quality of information we consume and share, we are at risk of spreading (mis)information purposefully designed to manipulate our views and opinions.

As social workers, we must keep our ethical responsibilities central as we wade through, disseminate, and engage with information. The code of ethics affirms our obligation to “not participate in, condone, or be associated with dishonesty, fraud, or deception.” Social workers have an obligation to challenge the information used to inform our personal views and political decisions, and to push back against the attempt to manipulate our views.

Need accommodations?

If you have a disability and require accommodations to fully participate in any of these events, please send an email to You will be contacted by someone to discuss your specific needs.

These events will be live captioned.

Autumn 2020 events

November 6 | 11:00am

Join EAP for a guided check-in after the election. This zoom meeting is designed to be a listening and support space for employees.

November 10 | 1:00-2:15

When Politics Enters the Classroom: How to Mediate Controversial Topics in Class

Offered by the Drake Institute and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, this workshop will give instructors a framework for understanding how political topics connect to their course material. Participants will learn how their definitions of political and controversial topics are subjective and based around personal experience, disciplinary training and educational background; develop their own framework for interpreting and mediating political discussions in class; and articulate the importance of nurturing political conversations among students.

November 10 | 4:00-5:30pm

Diversity, Equity, and Justice: An APIDA Discussion

Join the Student Life Multicultural Center and the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion for Diversity, Equity and Justice: An APIDA Discussion. This panel conversation between APIDA students, faculty and staff here at The Ohio State University will highlight reflections on diversity, equity and justice from APIDA perspectives. Panelists will share their experiences, thoughts, and insights on how these three concepts manifest into lived experiences for APIDA individuals working, studying and existing in higher education today. The space we create with this event is open to both APIDA identifying and non-APIDA identifying folks.