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CFAES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Webinars

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professional Development Webinars and workshops

All virtual and in-person workshops are facilitated by Dr. Leo Taylor, Program Manager for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, unless otherwise specified. They are scheduled throughout the year as free open trainings or as on-demand in-house programs for individual units, departments, offices, and organizations throughout CFAES, including Extension. If you are a member of the CFAES community and would like to schedule a specific program for your unit, please contact Dr. Taylor at taylor.3408@osu.edu. Please include a timeline for delivery, requested topic(s), and approximate number of participants. Dr. Taylor is also available to give guest lectures on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics in courses for CFAES faculty. If you are not affiliated with CFAES and would like to have Dr. Taylor provide a program for your unit, please contact him to discuss options and other resources.

All virtual programs are presented with automated closed captions. If you wish to request traditional CART services or other accommodations, please contact Laura Akgerman at akgerman.4@osu.edu or 614-292-0622. Requests submitted two weeks in advance will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet every request. 

Please direct all other inquiries to Dr. Leo Taylor(.3408). 

Upcoming Webinars (in alphabetical order)

Difficult Conversations: How to Communicate Across Difference

Have you ever engaged in a conversation about an uncomfortable or sensitive topic and didn't know how to approach it? Conversations about sensitive topics can go awry and lead to friction, but this does not need to be the case. In this 90-minute workshop participants will be provided with strategies for engaging in conversations that may be uncomfortable or challenging. The latter part of this program provides participants with an opportunity to apply what they have learned in a breakout room activity. For more information please contact the facilitator, Dr. Leo Taylor at taylor.3408@osu.eduThis workshop is worth 1 credit toward the CFAES Diversity, Intercultural and Community certificate. Click on the desired date to register for that session.

Wednesday, July 6th, 3:00-4:30pm ET


Gender Demystified: Creating Inclusive Spaces for People of All Genders

Whether you're transgender, cisgender, or agender, you have a gender identity. Frequently confused with gender is sex, but these two terms refer to very different identities. And what about sexual orientation? How does that fit in with gender and sex? Understandably, these identities can be confusing and nuanced. This interactive 2-hour workshop will explore various aspects of gender and sexual identity and examine whether binary models of gender and sex accurately represent human diversity. Participants will learn key vocabulary, gain a better understanding of their own identities through a self-reflection exercise, and identify ways to strive for allyship with transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Participants will leave the session better equipped to create environments that are inclusive of all genders, not just men and women. This program is free and open to all and will include plenty of opportunities for questions and dialogue. Participation in this event qualifies for 2 credits toward the CFAES Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement (DICE) Certificate.

More dates coming soon!


Implicit Associations, Insidious Assumptions: Unintended Manifestations of Bias in Everyday Life

This 90-minute workshop will provide an introduction to unconscious associations that can lead to an affinity toward or prejudice against some people (implicit bias). We will explore how our socialization process leads to the formation of conscious and unconscious associations, stereotypes, and prejudices that influence how we treat and view others in unintended ways. Participants will learn common ways that bias shows up in daily life and identify strategies that can help reduce the impact of implicit biases. During the session participants will complete and discuss an Implicit Association Test (IAT) – a tool that can help users identify hidden associations that can fuel bias.

Participation in this event qualifies for 2 credits toward the CFAES Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement (DICE) Certificate. For complete details visit go.osu.edu/cfaesDICE.

Tuesday, July 12th, 11:00am-12:30pm ET


Inclusive and Equitable Hiring Practices

This 90-minute program provides an overview of best practices for recruiting a diverse candidate pool. Participants will examine the role that various forms of bias can play in screening applicants and identify ways that privilege creates an unlevel competitive job market. Strategies for recruitment of historically underrepresented minority applicants will be addressed. The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences requires that all individuals serving on faculty search committees complete this program every 2 years. Please direct all inquiries to the facilitator, Dr. Leo Taylor at taylor.3408@osu.edu. This workshop is worth 2 credits toward the CFAES Diversity, Intercultural and Community certificate.

Click on the desired date to register for that session 


The Language of Inclusion: Pronouns and Other Gendered Words

Pronouns are tools for effective and efficient communication, and their intentional or unintentional misuse can cause confusion and harm. Using gender-affirming language such as pronouns and avoiding unnecessary use of other gendered words is essential to creating spaces that are safe, inviting, and inclusive of people of all genders. This 75-minute workshop will address why pronouns matter, the history of singular they/them, neo-pronouns such as ze/zir, alternatives to other gendered language (e.g., sir, ma’am), and ways allies can use language to advocate for and support transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. This program is free and open to all.

Participation in this event qualifies for 1 credit toward the CFAES Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement (DICE) Certificate. For complete details visit go.osu.edu/cfaesDICE.

More dates coming soon!


Stand Up, Speak Out! Interrupting Bias by Being an Active Bystander

All too often we witness subtle comments or behaviors rooted in bias that cause harm to others, many times directed toward people in vulnerable populations. Have you ever been in a situation like that and wanted to say or do something, but didn't know what to do? Anyone can become an active bystander and learn to address explicit and implicit bias. In this 2-hour interactive webinar, we will explore some of the most common expressions of bias and identify tools participants can use as an active bystander to interrupt bias in daily life. Participants will have an opportunity to apply what they have learned using real life examples. This workshop is worth 2 credits toward the CFAES Diversity, Intercultural and Community certificate.

More dates coming soon!


What's All the Hype? An Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

What is diversity and why is it important? What's the difference between equality and equity and shouldn't we be striving to treat all people equally? What does it mean to be inclusive? How do all of these things work together to achieve justice? This 60-minute session explores these questions and provides an introduction to diversity, equity, and inclusion so that attendees can better understand current social justice movements. Participation in this event qualifies for 1 credit toward the CFAES Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement (DICE) Certificate.

More dates coming soon!


When Good Intentions Backfire: Understanding the Impacts of Common Microaggressions

Microaggressions are common, often subtle expressions of bias, many times initiated unintentionally and unconsciously that can have serious impacts on recipients including shortening life expectancy. In this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about common microaggressions and the hidden, harmful messages they send. We will disentangle intention from impact and identify strategies for responding when accidentally initiating a microaggression. Participants will work in small groups to identify the intention and impact of a variety of real-life microaggression scenarios. Participation in this event qualifies for 1 credit toward the CFAES Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement (DICE) Certificate.

More dates coming soon!