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Other Events and Workshops

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Recurring Events

Graduate Student Support Group

Every Friday, 5:00-6:00PM, via Zoom

Are you a current or incoming graduate student looking for a supportive community during this stage in your academic career? The Graduate Student Support Group serves as a safe and confidential network to help graduate students manage the challenges that arise during this exciting, but stressful chapter in their lives. 

Due to the current health crisis all graduate Student Support Group Meetings are now being held online via Zoom exclusively. Please email Dr. Leo Taylor ( to receive the Zoom link.

Other Events Around Campus and in Our Community

COVID-19 and the APIDA Community: Impacts, Historical Oppression, Allyship

July 7th and 21st, 3:00PM ET, Zoom

The global response to COVID-19 has meant and increase in xenophobia, which is a fear, prejudice or hatred of people from other countries. Unfortunately, throughout history, fear of disease and racism have gone hand in hand. In the months since COVID-19 has been circulating, Asian-Americans and Asians around the world have experienced heightened levels of verbal and physical aggression.

This workshop discusses the impact COVID-19 is having on Asian/Asian American communities both here at Ohio State and nationwide. We'll begin by discussing the ways in which anti-Asian racism has manifested since the pandemic, and the impacts the rise in anti-Asian racism has had on Asian and APIDA communities. Our dialogue will then shift to highlighting the history Asian Americans have with this type of racial oppression. We'll then address how we can raise awareness of the ways others can strive for allyship with our APIDA students, friends, loved ones and colleagues.

Join us in community as we address this important facet of the COVID-19 pandemic and formulate ways that we can each play a role in interrupting bias and creating safe and inclusive communities.

We're Not Your Model: Dismantling the Asian Model Minority Myth

July 1st, 15th, and 29th, 3:00PM ET, Zoom

For decades, Asian and Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) folks have been denied our racial reality. Socially constructed perceptions of either academic or professional success have made us a “model minority," effectively erasing our historical and present day experiences with systemic racism and oppression. When we unpack the numerous identities that exist within the APIDA community and the historical legacy of oppression APIDA folks contend with on a daily basis, we see that the label of “model minority” is nothing but a myth, and that this label serves a very different sociological function.

Join us in a discussion of the “Model Minority” myth’s historical roots in white supremacy, and discover ways to dismantle the myth, reduce its harmful impacts on our everyday lives, and reclaim an empowered Asian and APIDA identity.

Open Safe Zone (Virtual)
Wednesday, July 7th, 2:00-3:30PM ET, Zoom

The Safe Zone Training aims to create a more welcoming and safe campus for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The workshop is recommended for faculty, staff, and students. Through this workshop, participants will (1) gain a greater understanding of LGBTQ identities and the systems of oppression that affect the community, (2) learn tools for incorporating LGBTQ-inclusive practices into your daily life, and (3) strengthen their skills in recognizing and interrupting anti-LGBTQ bias.

This session is open to all OSU students, faculty, and staff. The workshop lasts for 1 hours and 30 minutes.

Open Workshop: Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Classrooms (Virtual)

Wednesday, July 14th, 3:00-4:30PM ET, Zoom

The Student Life Multicultural Center offers this training to facilitate faculty and staff in creating more inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students! This 1-hour and 30-minute workshop focuses on best practices for supporting LGBTQ students in the classroom as well as strategies for navigating challenging conversations and interrupting bias. It is recommended, but not required, for participants to attend a Safe Zone Training before attending this workshop.

Microaggressions 101

Tuesday, July 20th, 11:00AM ET, Zoom

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Education Program supports the area of Strategic Diversity Planning, Training, and Assessment within The Office of Diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to support campus-wide efforts in creating an equitable, socially just institution where all of our students, faculty and staff feel they are valued and belong. Our program offers a variety of educational experiences to enrich DEI efforts across the university and build the intradepartmental skills necessary for faculty and staff to achieve their unit/college’s DEI goals.

Microaggressions cause harm in every workplace. Yet many of us remain confused on what a microaggression actually is, what to do when we experience one, and what to do if someone tells us we have enacted one. This workshop dives deep into the definition of microaggressions, equips participants with a firm understanding of what constitutes as a microaggression, and offers them tools to plan out their own interventions and/or take accountability when faced with microaggressions.

*If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Sophia Antoun at Requests made two weeks in advance will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Open Workshop: Trans 101 (Virtual)

Wednesday, July 21st, 1:00-3:00PM ET, Zoom

This workshop explores best practices for engaging with and supporting transgender and gender non-conforming students and communities at The Ohio State University. The workshop is recommended for faculty, staff, and students. Through this 1- and 30-minute training, participants will gain a greater understanding of transgender identities and the systems of oppression that affect their community as well as strategies for creating gender inclusive spaces. It is recommended, but not required, for participants to attend a Safe Zone Training before attending this workshop.

Historically Speaking: Where You Are Is Not Who You Are: An Evening With Ursula Burns

Thursday, July 22nd, 7:00-8:00PM ET, Online

The first Black female CEO of a Fortune 500 company looks back at her life and her career at Xerox, sharing unique insights on American business and corporate life, the workers she has always valued, racial and economic justice, how greed is threatening democracy, and the obstacles she’s conquered being Black and a woman.