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The following list is an archive of events The Women's Place sponsored or cosponsored. In addition, some events may have video recordings of the event and/or documents associated with the event posted in the listing. Check back frequently, as we add video recordings as they become available, which is sometimes months after the event. We will note new recordings below in red at the top of each event.


Video of the Privilege Symposium event described below is available — see the photo link following the event description.

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May 12, 2016
Privilege Symposium: White Men & Partners for Inclusive Excellence
Sponsors: The Women's Place, Joan Herbers (PI of OSU’s NSF ADVANCE Grant: Project CEOS), CFAES, College of Engineering, and College of Arts and Sciences
Thursday, 11:30a - 2:30 pm
*Open by invitation only; Register by April 29

Join us for powerful conversation and learning around privilege and how you can help create a more inclusive culture in your department/unit.

The symposium will feature a panel discussion followed by small group conversations and strategizing. The panel will be comprised of Ohio State leaders, men who have attended a rigorous and transformative privilege workshop that helps participants understand how their actions and perceptions contribute to workplace inequities. They will share their experiences and changes they have made since attending the training. The panel will include:

  • Interim Provost Bruce McPheron, formerly vice president of Agricultural Administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES)
  • Gates Garrity-Rokous, vice president of the Office of Legal Affairs & chief compliance officer
  • David Manderscheid, executive dean and vice provost of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • David Williams, dean of the College of Engineering

As the primary holders of influence and privilege, men must be involved in creating gender equality and changing the culture at Ohio State. If diversity and inclusion efforts continue to be left only to white women and people of color, long-term progress will not happen. Without a deeper partnership among senior, white male leaders, white women, and people of color, diversity efforts will continue to stall because changing a culture must involve a critical coalition of senior leaders.

Including men in diversity efforts will help ensure long-term, sustained change that brings the benefits of influence and privilege to women and people of color. Your participation in this workshop is a step in helping to create a work culture in which all can thrive.

Learn more about the privilege workshop panel members attended and diversity efforts some attendees have enacted in The Women's Place 2016 Status Report on Women.

Lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by The Women’s Place with partners Joan Herbers (PI of OSU’s NSF ADVANCE Grant: Project CEOS), College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), College of Engineering, and College of Arts and Sciences.

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Portrait of Dr. Peggy McIntosh with quoteMay 3, 2016
White Men's Caucus Recharge with Peggy McIntosh
Sponsor: The Women's Place and the College of Arts and Sciences
Tuesday, 10 - 11:30 am
*Open to White Men's Caucus participants only

Dean David Manderscheid and The Women’s Place invite White Men’s Caucus participants to continue the privilege conversation with Dr. Peggy McIntosh. Dr. McIntosh is a scholar, pioneer and foremost authority on white privilege.

The concept of white privilege gained widespread recognition in the late eighties when McIntosh started writing about it. In 1988, she wrote a paper called “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women’s Studies,” which contained forty-six examples of white privilege. Those examples have since been read by countless school children and college students.

Dr. McIntosh directs the Gender, Race, and Inclusive Education Project, which provides workshops on privilege systems, feelings of fraudulence, and diversifying workplaces, curricula, and teaching methods. She has given talks about privilege to groups such as the American Society for Engineering Education, the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church, the Ontario Nurses Association, and NASA’s Goddard Space Center. She is also the former associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women and founder of the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity).

Dr. McIntosh has taught English, American Studies, and Women's Studies at the Brearley School, Harvard University, Trinity College (Washington, D.C.), Durham University (England), and Wellesley College. She attended Radcliffe and holds a PhD in English from Harvard.

Learn more about Dr. McIntosh.


Portrait of Kristin TolleApril 19, 2016
CURA Data Analytics Speaker: Dr. Kristin Tolle of Microsoft Research
Sponsor: Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, Translational Data Analytics @ Ohio State, Ohio State ADVANCE, and The Women's Place
Tuesday, 4 - 5 pm
Location: Wexner Center Film/Video Theater, 1871 N High St, Columbus, 43210
Fee: Free, RSVP encouraged

Dr. Kristin M. Tolle is the director of the Data Science Initiative in Microsoft Research Outreach, where she has worked since 2000 for several product teams including the Natural Language Group, Visual Studio, and the Microsoft Office Excel Team. Her lecture will focus on research collaborations which cut across sectors providing interesting breakthroughs in research and development. The use cases discussed will focus on global challenges—such as healthcare and climate change. They will also highlight collaborations that occur across organization boundaries—such as industry, government and academia.

Since joining Microsoft Research’s outreach program in 2006, she has run several major initiatives from biomedical computing and environmental science to more traditional computer and information science programs around natural user interactions and data curation. She also directed the development of the Microsoft Translator Hub and the Environmental Science Services Toolkit.

Dr. Tolle is an editor of one of the earliest books on data science, The Fourth Paradigm: Data Intensive Scientific Discovery. Her current focus is development of an outreach program to engage with academics on data science in general and more specifically around using data to create meaningful and useful user experiences across devices platforms.

More information


Portrait of Tamara Winfrey-HarrisApril 7, 2016
Black Women Faculty Professional Staff Luncheon with Tamara Winfrey-Harris
Sponsors: The Women's Place and Multicultual Center
Thursday, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Location: Multicultural Center, Alonso Family Room, Ohio Union, 1739 N High St, Columbus
Fee: Free, invitation only

Join BWFPS for lunch and a facilitated discussion with Tamara Winfrey-Harris, author of The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America. This experience will create the space for narratives, strategies, and healing as we explore how socially constructed stereotypes continue to impact black female faculty and staff in the academy.


Event graphicMarch 8, 2016
Women Coming Together 22nd Annual Conference, celebrating International Women's Day
Sponsors: National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Central Ohio Chapter, and others
Tuesday, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Location: The Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, Ohio, 43210
Fee: $45; Registration Deadline: February 27, 2016

Since 1994, Women Coming Together has sponsored a conference to address the health issues that affect ethnic and cultural communities. Women Coming Together has been a strong and consistent advocate of women's health concerns. For the past twenty-two years, the conference has provided a voice for women to address issues of wellness, mental health, domestic violence, family wellness, and what it takes to be a physically and mentally healthy woman in the twenty-first century.

The theme for the day is "Make It Happen." The keynote speaker, State Senator and Director of Primary One Health, Charleta Tavares will talk about how we "Make it Happen" through public policy and civic engagement. The Starfish Award will be presented to five phenomenal women who "Make It Happen" by doing ordinary things to change the world one person at a time.

A panel of distinguished women who "Make It Happen" for women to gain equality in their respective communities and as individuals will be moderated by Rebecca Nelson, director of Community Health, Columbus Public Health. The panelists will include: V. Lanna Samaniego, executive director, North American Indian Cultural Center; Dr. Malika Haque, medical director, Noor Community Health Center; Lilly Cavanaugh, director of Latino Affairs Commission; and the Honorable Charleta Tavares.

Register online by February 27, 2016. For more information contact Wanda Dillard at 614-293-5972 or dillard.19@osu.edu.


Still image from the film Nefertiti's DaughtersFebruary 25, 2016
Film Screening: Nefertiti's Daughters
Sponsors: Middle East Studies Center; OSU Libraries; The Women's Place
Thursday, 4 pm
Location: Thompson Library 165
Fee: Free

A story of women, art and revolution, this vibrant film documents the critical role that revolutionary street art played—and is continuing to play—in the political uprising of Egypt. Introducing a cadre of courageous and gifted female artists who are deeply involved in the struggle for social and political justice, Nefertiti's Daughters illustrates the surprising ways that artwork, instead of being relegated to dusty museums and academia, can instead become a powerful tool in the ongoing fight for civil and human rights.

Conversations with prominent Egyptian artists Bahia Shehab, Mira Shihadeh and Salma Samy—each from a different generation—weave throughout the film's narrative. As the women discuss their work and the ways that it is inspired by and responds to a violent and complicated political environment, viewers are offered a rare window into the struggles of living and creating in Egypt today

Also sponsored by Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department; Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Mershon Center; Multicultural Center.

More information


Two women at the 2014-15 reception talking2014-15 reception attendees2014-15 reception attendees talkingFebruary 17, 2016
2016 Annual Women's Reception
Sponsor: The Women's Place
Wednesday, 4 - 6 pm
Location: Longaberger Alumni House, Sanders Grand Lounge, 2200 Olentangy River Rd
Fee: Free and open to campus and Columbus community

Don't miss this celebration of Ohio State women's accomplishments and contributions to the university. We will also congratulate women who have been recently hired or promoted. In addition, you can catch up with colleagues and friends and just have fun! All faculty and staff (men and women) are invited. The reception is an excellent opportunity to meet people from all areas of the university community.

President Drake and Interim Provost Bruce McPheron will speak shortly after 4:30 pm. Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Sharon Davies will offer a toast. We will also launch our 2016 Status Report on Women at Ohio State. This annual document evaluates progress towards increasing diversity and promoting equality for faculty and staff women at the university and highlights diversity efforts.

Parking passes for those who do not have Columbus campus parking permits will be available at the Longaberger reception desk.

We hope to see you at the reception!


GraphicNovember 19, 2015
Tools for Advancement Luncheon
Sponsors: The Women's Place and Gender Initiatives in STEMM
Thursday, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: Free, register online by November 9 We're sorry, due to an overwhelming response, registration is closed

Join The Women's Place for lunch and an exploration of two tools for women's professional advancement: negotiation skills and the Staff Leadership Series.

According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the gender pay gap continues to plague women as the average female full-time, year-round worker earns 18.9 percent less than her male counterpart.* In an effort to explore and mitigate career gaps, such as salary, professional development funds, leave time, lab space, etc., The Women's Place will conduct a book discussion of Women Don't Ask by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever. Join us to discuss a few chapters that explain how to use negotiating techniques specifically tailored for women. The Women's Place will provide you a FREE copy of Women Don't Ask to prepare for the discussion.

We'll also provide information regarding the upcoming Staff Leadership Series (SLS). The SLS is a year-long program created by The Women's Place specifically for Ohio State staff. It provides experiential leadership skills building; cultivates professional development; and creates a pool of potential staff leaders from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in leadership roles. You'll learn more about this program at the luncheon, and we'll collect your thoughts and feedback to help shape the next series.

This event is open to both men and women.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, October 20, 2015.


Portrait of Hazel Morrow-JonesJune 18, 2015
Hazel Morrow-Jones Retirement Open House
Sponsors: The Women's Place, Office of Academic Affairs
Thursday, 4 - 6 pm
Location: Multicultural Center, Ohio Union, 1739 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210
Fee: free

The Women's Place invites you to celebrate the career of Hazel Morrow-Jones, director of The Women’s Place (TWP), associate provost for women’s policy initiatives, and professor of city and regional planning. Hazel will retire from the university effective June 30, 2015.

Hazel joined Ohio State’s faculty in 1988 as an assistant professor in the City and Regional Planning Section of the Knowlton School of Architecture in the College of Engineering. As a faculty member, she has taught at all levels; her work has been widely published; and her service contributions have been extensive -- in her academic unit, college and across the university.

Since 2010, in her role as associate provost for women’s policy initiatives and director of TWP, she worked tirelessly and effectively to catalyze change at Ohio State. In this regard, she has stepped up TWP’s momentum on a broad array of initiatives, collaborating with academic- and academic-support units across the university.

Please join The Women's Place in thanking Hazel for her many academic and leadership contributions to the university. Appetizers and refreshments willl be served.

More information about Hazel's career.


June 16, 2015
Best Practices in Faculty Mentoring Workshop
Sponsors: Gender Initiatives in STEMM and The Women's Place
Tuesday, noon - 3 pm
Location: Scott Laboratory, E100
Fee: free

Gender Initiatives in STEMM and The Women’s Place are pleased to sponsor a workshop on best practices in faculty mentoring. Facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Linderman and Dr. Pamela Raymond from University of Michigan’s Launch program, the workshop provides an opportunity for senior faculty and department chairs from the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences to share mentoring strategies and best practices. The process of hiring and mentoring new faculty is time-intensive; this workshop will harness the ideas of both internal and external experts to enhance the efficiency and impact of efforts designed to ensure the success of junior faculty.

The workshop is a logical next step following Ohio State’s search committee best practices initiative for Discovery Theme hiring. Faculty mentoring programs ensure that new faculty hires are supported and well-integrated into the university community to ensure their long-term success.


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