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Registration for February 2020 Professional Development Workshop is Now Open

Jan. 23, 2020
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We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our next professional development workshop. This workshop, entitled “Did They Really Just Say That?! Being an Active Bystander”, is organized in partnership with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at the Ohio State University.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, February 5th from 1:30-4:30PM in the Agricultural Administration Building, Room 250A in Columbus and will be facilitated by Mx. Lena Tenney, Coordinator of Public Engagement at the Kirwan Institute. Unlike our past workshops, there will not be an in-person session in Wooster, however, we will have remote access via Zoom available for students, staff, and faculty at our Wooster campus, outlying research stations, and extension offices.  

There is a cap of 35 for this workshop and refreshments and light snacks will be provided at this session. Please note that this workshop will be open to the entire Ohio State community, but CFAES students, staff, and faculty will be given priority registration until Thursday, January 30th. Registrations will be accepted until February 5th but due to space limitations we strongly encourage you to register early to be guaranteed a seat. You can register for this workshop here. Below you can find a short description of what to expect at this workshop. For a more detailed description, please visit the CFAES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshops page.

Have you ever been in a conversation when someone said something biased that made you uncomfortable, but you were not sure how to respond? Many of us struggle to address these all too common situations. This workshop seeks to empower and equip participants to speak out in response to those all too common “did they really just say that?!” moments when bias emerges. Participants will learn how to communicate effectively in challenging situations through the employment of strategies that can be tailored to the particular situation at hand.

This workshop complements trainings on unconscious (implicit) bias. If you attended the CFAES unconscious bias workshop in January, you do not want to miss out on this wonderful program that takes your bias-fighting skills to the next level!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Dr. Leo Taylor (, Program Director for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion or our program assistant Alicia Baca (