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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.


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.


Event graphicMay 27-29, 2015
2015 Student Parent Support Symposium
Sponsors: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Women's Place
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Location: The Blackwell Hotel, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, OH 43210
Fee: $85-350; registration required

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s ACCESS Collaborative Program will host its 11th annual Student Parent Support Symposium on May 27th – May 29th at The Ohio State University campus. This nationally-acclaimed symposium brings together professionals from across the U.S. and Canada to discuss best practices, challenges, program models, and collaboration with community resources when working with single parents, low-income parents, and their families and promoting support services in higher education for these unique populations.

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Portrait of Melissa Briggs-PhillipsMay 15, 2015
11th Annual Ballam Women Symposium
Sponsors: Association of Staff and Faculty Women (ASFW), The Women's Place
Friday, noon - 5 pm
Location: The James Comprehensive Cancer Center, Room L035
Fee: $35 for ASFW members, $50 for non-members; register by May 8

The theme this year is "Finding Your Voice at the Table", featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Melissa Briggs-Phillips. She is a clinical and consulting psychologist and owner/founder of Next Generation Behavioral Health, LLC (NGBH), located in Dublin, OH. Prior to opening her own practice, Dr. Briggs-Phillips taught for 17 years and held multiple director roles within The Ohio State University and Wexner Medical Center.

Lunch and an afternoon snack are included. Lunch will begin at noon and the program will start at 1:15pm. There will be two breakout sessions following the keynote address. Specific topics will be announced soon, see the link below.

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Group photo of Winter 2014 InterACT class students
Winter 2014 InterACT class students
April 14, 2015
Making the Invisible Visible: Exploring Implicit Bias and Micro-aggressions, performed by InterACT
Sponsors: The Women's Place, the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and the Department of Theatre
Tuesday, 3 - 4:30 pm
Location: Ramseyer Hall College Commons, Room 260
Fee: free

Instructors, administrators and students subconsciously negotiate moments of implicit bias and micro-aggressions in the classroom. The InterACT theatre ensemble will unpack some of these subconscious moments that contribute to the culture in the classroom and the workplace. This interactive performance-based workshop will allow participants to explore the challenges of their own implicit bias and those of their students.

InterACT is a theatre ensemble that uses interactive performance techniques to open dialogue around complex issues and then explores strategies and problem-solving techniques. After the performance, the student actors stay in character and field questions from the audience about the issues raised in the drama.


Image of Tina GunsalusApril 9, 2015
Navigating Academia with Tina Gunsalus
Sponsors: The Women's Place; College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; and College of Engineering
Thursday, 9 am - 3:30 (or 4:30) pm
Location: E100 Scott Laboratory
Fee: Free — register by Sunday, April 5th to attend boxed lunch


9 am (2 - 3 hours):

Survival Skills for Administrators: Tina Gunsalus, nationally known speaker and coach on academic leadership and bully-proofing departments, presents a range of concepts and skills in this workshop for addressing problems in academia. Gunsalus discusses dealing with difficult people from the inconvenient to the out of control bully who impedes a department's functioning. She explores where the boundaries are or ought to be and how to set and enforce those boundaries.

The basic elements of the workshop include both conceptual and practical tools needed not only to survive, but to thrive, as an academic administrator. This highly interactive event involves participants in individual exercises, small group discussions, case studies, role plays, and other short activities.

noon - 1:30 pm

Smaller Group Discussions with Tina Gunsalus over Lunch: If you register for both workshops by Sunday April 5, you're invited to have a boxed lunch with Tina Gunsalus and engage in smaller group discussions.

1:30 pm (2 - 3 hours)

Negotiating within Academia for Faculty and Academic Leaders: In this workshop, Gunsalus will present a more structured conversation about negotiation. The workshop is being offered specifically because of the negotiations inherent in collaborative research, for example, as part of the Discovery Theme hiring initiative. It will deal with negotiating with individual faculty, tension between units, and tension between faculty and upper administration.

As with the morning workshop, this event is highly interactive and also involves participants in individual exercises, small group discussions, case studies, role plays, and other short activities.


event photoApril 1, 2015
2015 Diversity Leadership Symposium
Elephants in the Room: The Power of Privilege
Sponsors: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Women's Place, many others (view full list)
Wednesday, 8 am - 4 pm
Location: Ohio Union
Fee: $55 for faculty and staff, $10 for students; registration required

The Diversity Leadership Symposium at The Ohio State University was created to provide an inter-departmental professional development event in the area of inter-cultural competence for higher education professionals and college students. It was designed with an emphasis on teaching real-life, usable skills and understanding for the purpose of creating welcoming and inclusive environments.

The ​Diversity ​Leadership ​Symposium ​is ​a ​day ​of ​interactive ​presentations ​and ​discussions ​focused ​on ​moving ​beyond ​simply ​appreciating ​diversity ​or ​differences ​to ​understanding ​power ​dynamics ​and ​history.

Participants ​will:

  • ​Examine ​the ​systemic ​historical, ​social, ​and ​cultural ​dynamics ​of ​privilege.
  • Explore ​how ​structural ​and ​personal ​privilege ​impact ​our ​perspectives ​and ​experiences.
  • Cultivate ​skills ​to ​advocate ​for ​social ​justice.

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movie posterMarch 23, 2015
Film Viewing: I'm Not Racist ... Am I?
Sponsors: Department of English, The Women's Place (see others below)
Monday, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Wexner Center Mershon Auditorium
Fee: free

I’m Not Racist … Am I? is a feature documentary about how this next generation is going to confront racism. The filmmakers asked 12 teenagers from New York City to come together for one school year to talk about race and privilege in a series of workshops and conversations with friends and family members. None of these teens think that the racial rules of their parents’ generation apply to them today.

Through some tense and painful moments, we see how these difficult conversations begin to affect their relationships, and ultimately challenge them to look deep within themselves. By the end of their time together, we’ll see these courageous young people develop deeper bonds, a stronger resolve and a bigger, more significant definition of racism than any of us ever imagined.

Reception will begin at 4:30pm. The film will start at 5:30pm and will be immediately followed by a conversation with the filmmakers. For more information, please contact Professor Koritha Mitchell at mitchell.717@osu.edu.

Sponsors: Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Department of English; Department of Teaching and Learning; College of Education and Human Ecology’s Office of Equity and Diversity; the Wexner Center; the College of Social Work; the Multicultural Center; Department of African American and African Studies; Department of Comparative Studies; Humanities Institute; Diversity and Identity Studies Collective (DISCO); Asian American Studies Program; Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Latino/a Studies Program

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