CFAES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Webinars

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professional Development Webinars

All webinars 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 (i.e., anyone at OSU can attend, sometimes they are open to the public) or as on-demand in-house programs for individual units, departments, offices, and organizations throughout CFAES, including Extension. At this time it is not possible for Dr. Taylor to deliver in-house programs to units outside of CFAES. 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 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.

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in any event, please contact Laura Akgerman, Disability Services Coordinator, at or 614-292-0622. Requests made 10 business days prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet every request.

Upcoming Webinars

Inclusive Excellence in Hiring

 Wednesday, August 4th, 11:00AM-12:30PM ET
 Wednesday, September 1st, 11:00AM-12:30PM ET
 Wednesday, October 6th, 11:00AM-12:30PM ET
 Wednesday, November 3rd, 11:00AM-12:30PM ET
 Wednesday, December 1st, 11:00AM-12:30PM ET

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This 90-minute webinar provides an overview of best practices for recruiting a diverse candidate pool for faculty and staff positions. Participants will examine the role that various forms of bias can play in screening applicants and identify ways that intersecting social identities create 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. This program is free and open to all.

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Inclusive Teaching in the Virtual Classroom: Applying an Equity Lens to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

Thursday, August 5th, 11:00AM-12:30PM ET  Click here to register for 8/5
Wednesday, October 27, 12:00-1:30PM ET   Click here to register for 10/27

Teaching practices must be adapted across modalities – what worked in the physical classroom may not translate well in the virtual classroom. This is especially true when applying an equity lens to maximize inclusivity and account for a diversity of learning preferences. The “banking” model of education, in which an expert deposits knowledge via lecturing into the minds of the passive absorber, has been shown to be less effective and even reinforce oppression, thus active learning strategies and other tools have been developed to create inclusive classrooms that work better for a variety of learning styles. Virtual classrooms come with unique equity and inclusion challenges that must be addressed to ensure the needs of all learners are met. This 90-minute interactive webinar will outline strategies educators can use in virtual classrooms to create an engaging, inclusive, and equitable learning environment. Participants will leave with a better understanding of technology and other strategies available to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion goals when teaching in virtual classrooms.

This webinar is free and open to anyone at Ohio State.

The Hypermarginalization of Transgender People Living with Neurodisabilities

Wednesday, July 21st, 2:00-3:30PM ET

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What is it like to live in a society that views gender as a binary system and penalizes those who stray from rigid, established norms? How is this compounded by the fact that deviations from gender norms have historically been and continue to be pathologized? What is the impact, then, when a person who is transgender is also living with a nuerodisability such as depression or anxiety? This hypermarginalization can have devastating consequences and may contribute to the following harrowing statistic – 41% of transgender people attempt suicide at some point in their life compared to 1.6% of the general population. This webinar, facilitated by a neurodisabled and transgender educator, is for anyone who wants to learn more about the intersectionality of transness and neurodisabilities. Attendees do not need to be familiar with transgender issues or mental health conditions.

This 90-minute webinar will address the history of the pathologization of transgender people, connecting it to the roots of White supremacist ideologies (e.g., eugenics) and propose a reconstructed vision of a society in which everyone has body autonomy. The facilitator will challenge the paradigm of normal versus abnormal and argue that all human conditions, even those we consider "mental illnesses", are normal and should be celebrated as natural sources of diversity. This paradigm shift is necessary to lead to the destigmatization of neurodivergent conditions that are currently pathologized as mental illnesses. Finally, this webinar will explore the unique experiences of transgender people living with neurodisabilities such as anxiety and depression and the intersection of these two identities. This program is free and open to all.

Land Acknowledgments and the Importance of Territory Recognition

Wednesday, July 28th, 3:00-4:00PM ET

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Are you interested in using a Land Acknowledgment or have you been using one and want to learn more? The CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be hosting a webinar/discussion with Melissa Beard Jacob on Wednesday, July 28th, 3:00-4:00pm ET about the importance of acknowledging Native American and Indigenous lands and best practices for creating intentional and non-performative land acknowledgements. The first half of the session will involve a presentation followed by a facilitated discussion/Q&A with attendees. This webinar is open to any member of the Ohio State community. 

About the presenter

portrait of Melissa Beard JacobMelissa Beard Jacob (she/her/hers) is Ojibwe from Northern Michigan and an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Her traditional name in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe Language) is Awunkoquay, which translates into Woman in the Fog. She is eagle clan and embraces several roles and responsibilities as an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe woman), mother, wife, daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin, educator, writer, and historian. She currently serves as the Intercultural Specialist for Native American and Indigenous Student Initiatives at The Ohio State University Student Life Multicultural Center.

Melissa received her PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University and her research interests include Native American boarding school histories, collective memory and cultural trauma, Indigenous methodologies, and performance theory. Her dissertation entitled “Reclaiming My Family’s Story: Cultural Trauma and Indigenous Ways of Knowing” is an Indigenous autoethnographic study of her own family’s story of survival through the Native American boarding school system. Melissa also holds a BA in Journalism from Michigan State University and a MA in Film and Media Studies from Wayne State University.

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

Thursday, August 13th, 11:00AM-12:30PM ET         Click here to register for 8/13
Wednesday, September 15th, 12:00-1:30PM ET      Click here to register for 9/15
Tuesday, November 23rd, 10:00AM-12:00PM ET    Click here to register for 11/23

This 90-minute introductory webinar will provide an overview of the types of bias that humans experience with an emphasis on 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 manifests in the form of subtle microaggressions 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.

Stand Up, Speak Out! How to Interrupt Bias by Being an Active Bystander 

Tuesday, August 17th, 11:00AM-12:30PM ET   Click here to register for 8/17
Thursday, September 30th, 1:00-2:30PM ET  Click here to register for 9/30
Thursday, November 18th, 1:00-2:30PM ET   Click here to register for 11/18

All too often we witness subtle comments or behaviors rooted in bias that intentionally or unintentionally cause harm to others, especially those 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 forms of bias and identify tools you can use as an active bystander to interrupt bias in daily life. We will discuss strategies you can deploy to stop the harm and provide educational moments for those enacting implicit bias. These tools will enable you to create more welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environments and contribute to the transformation of oppressive social systems.

Identity, Power, and Privilege

Thursday, September 2nd, 1:00-3:00PM ET   Click here to register for 9/2
Thursday, December 16th, 1:00-3:00PM ET   Click here to register for 12/16

What does it mean to have privilege? What is oppression? How do your social identities, such as race, gender, class, religion, sexuality, etc. grant or deny you privilege? How can we use privilege to transform systems that perpetuate social inequity? This 2-hour interactive webinar will explore these questions, providing participants with an opportunity to delve into their social identities - a process that reveals how we all have and lack privilege simultaneously – and discover ways to leverage privilege to achieve allyship with people from marginalized groups.

Gender Demystified: Creating Inclusive Environments for People of All Genders

Thursday, October 14th, 12:00-1:30PM ET  

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Have you noticed that some people include their pronouns next to their name on Zoom, but aren’t sure why? Are you unsure about gender-neutral pronouns or nonbinary gender identities? Would you like to better understand how gender differs from sex and sexual orientation? This 90-minute webinar will explore the various aspects of identity that relate to gender and sex. Participants will learn key vocabulary, gain a better understanding of their own identities, and identify ways to strive for allyship with transgender and gender non-conforming individuals to create environments that are inclusive of all genders.