ODI 2022 Homecoming

Together Again: ODI Homecoming 2022

October 1, 2022
12:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Hale Hall | MLK Room
154 W 12th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

Join us as we come together for fellowship, food, and fun. We look forward to once again seeing old friends, making new connections, and reminiscing about your time on campus.

As we get ready for the Buckeyes to take on Rutgers, we will also honor and celebrate Larry Williamson Jr., the recently retired Director of the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center.

Entertainment will be provided by the smooth jazz stylings of Dwight Bailey and Friends. We'll have a tasty buffet with appetizers, salad, and a main course from Taste of the Best Catering. And be sure to save room for desserts provided by ACCESS and YSP alumna Suga Pie's. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

This event is hosted in partnership with the Black Alumni Society, Latinx Alumni Society, and Young Scholars Program Alumni Society.

Celebrating the living legacy of Larry Williamson, Jr.

Larry WilliamsonToo often we don't recognize the impact that people have on our lives, but we hope you'll join us to recognize a living ODI icon - Mr. Larry Williamson, Jr.

Larry is never one to make a fuss, but we're going to take some time to show him our love and appreciation for all he's done.

support the Larry Williamson, Jr. Scholarship fund

Dwight Bailey and Friends

Dwight Bailey, bass
Dwight Bailey is a native of Detroit, MI. He began his musical journey, as a youngster, singing in the church choir and playing the drums. He began playing the bass guitar at the age of 14. After he graduated from Columbus City Schools in 1988, he attended the Ohio State University where he studied political science & education. While at OSU, he studied the string bass and played in the jazz ensemble. Years later, he continued his bass studies at the American School of Double Bass and the Victor Wooten Bass Nature Camp, Nashville Tennessee. Dwight has been a part of the international music scene for many years and has performed and toured with a variety of gospel, R&B, jazz and blues artist such as Dawkins & Dawkins, Bobby Jones, Douglas Miller, Wilbert Longmire, The David Gerald Band, Teeny Tucker & most notably the late Grammy Award Winning & Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Blues Artist, Dr. John. ​He also serves as the bassist with the Harmony Project and has recently formed a new contemporary jazz band, The Midwest Modern Jazz Quartet (MMJQ).

Willie Brown, guitarist

Charles Cooper, saxophone, Ohio State Alumnus

Vernon Hairston, keyboardist

Jerry Powell, drums

Learn more about Dwight Bailey and Friends

Make it a full weekend!

We invite you to join us for these two invitation-only ODI events hosted on Thursday, September 29th, making for a great kick-off to all of the experiences that Homecoming has to offer.

Please RSVP for these events by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2022 and be prepared with the name of your guest, if applicable, and any dietary restrictions.

Black Joy: Expansive, Unfiltered, Unapologetic Exhibit Reception

WHEN:
Thursday, Sept 29, 2022
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. EST

WHERE:
Thompson Library | 1858 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210


The Black Joy: Expansive, Unfiltered, Unapologetic exhibition was conceived of and planned by the leaders of The Black Caucus of the Undergraduate Student Government. The group organized a call for artists to exhibit work that portrayed the robust experience of Black Joy. University Libraries and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center partnered with the group to support and provide exhibition space.

RSVP for Black Joy
A Gathering to Celebrate Homecoming with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

WHEN:
Thursday, Sept 29, 2022
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. EST

WHERE:
Faculty Club | 181 Oval Dr S
Columbus, OH 43210


Join us at the Faculty Club for music, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and commemoration of the long-standing impact of ODI. Among the remarks, you will receive an update on the Morrill Scholarship Program (previously the Minority Scholarship Program), which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Current ODI staff, students, and leaders representing several programs will be in attendance to welcome you, too.

RSVP for A Gathering to Celebrate Homecoming

Questions or need accommodations?

If you have questions or a disability and require accommodations to fully participate in Together Again: ODI Homecoming 2022, please send an email to Kimberly Lowe McCalla at mccalla.27@osu.edu. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs. Requests made 10 days prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

If you have any questions or a disability and require accommodations to fully participate in Black Joy: Expansive, Unfiltered, Unapologetic Exhibit Reception or A Gathering to Celebrate Homecoming with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, please send an email to Robbie Long at long.2121@osu.edu. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs. Any accessibility needs should be sent to Robbie Long by Thursday, September 15, 2022. This will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.