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Past Women's Place Events

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.

Event graphicFebruary 10, 2017
Collaborative @OSU Kick-off Event
Sponsor: Collaborative @OSU, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Women's Place
Friday, noon - 4 pm
Location: Hale Center, MLK Lounge
Fee: Free, RSVP required

The Collaborative @OSU is part of a national coalition of institutions committed to supporting and advancing research addressing the lives of women and girls of color. We are excited to bring together OSU researchers to build a university-wide research and learning community focused on the lives of women and girls of color.

We are honored to have Professor Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and a leading scholar in the study of intersectionality as an analytical approach deliver the luncheon keynote address,

Sharpening Intersectionality's Critical Edge.

Following the keynote address, we will engage in breakout sessions aimed at building our research and learning community by identifying collective goals, research needs, and potential research collaborations.

This university-wide event is open to all OSU researchers. To attend the event, please RSVP.

Lunch begins at 12 noon and the program and keynote address will begin promptly at 12:30.

Learn more about the Collaborative @OSU.

For questions and more information email Professor Wendy Smooth.

Event graphicJanuary 20 & February 3, 2017
Critical Times, Difficult Conversations, and Emotional Emancipation: A collaboration of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center (AAAS CEC) and TWP
Sponsor: AAAS CEC and The Women's Place
Friday, 4 pm
Location: The Ohio State University
Fee: Free, RSVP required by January 17, 2017

As a black woman living in this time of heightened racial tension, have you found yourself experiencing racial battle fatigue (RBF) — stress associated with racial microagressions and macroaggressions that cause people of color to experience various forms of mental, emotional, and physical strain? Are the persistent dealings with racism, inside and outside your workplace impacting your work performance and relationships? What are the tolls taken by living in such a hostile environment? Are you interested in emotional emancipation?

Consider joining us, on Friday, January 20, 2017 or Friday, February 3, 2017 at 4 pm. We welcome your input for planning!

Event graphicNovember 4, 2016
Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, and the Legitimacy of Rule: A Symposium
Sponsors: The Women's Place, Departments of English, Political Science, History and Theatre and Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Friday, 2:30 - 9:30 pm
Location: Ohio State University at Mansfield, Mansfield, OH
Fee: free

Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, and the Legitimacy of Rule is a multi-disciplinary symposium that explores interpretations of Shakespeare and politics, leadership, authority, and legitimacy.

2:30-3 pm: Introductions, refreshments

3-4:45 pm: Research Seminar

5-6:30 pm: Dinner and Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speaker: Sara Neville, The Ohio State University, Columbus
"Editing as Performance"

7-8:45 pm: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

9-9:30 pm: Conversation with the Cast

Event graphicOctober 21-22, 2016
Who's Missing? Expanding Opportunities for Underrepresented Thought Leaders
Sponsor: The Women's Place
Friday, 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday, 9 am - noon
Fee: $250
Apply to attend

Who's missing in global conversations? Our world conversation is currently an echo chamber that reproduces the same narrow range of mostly male voices over and over. What is the cost to society when so many of our best minds and best ideas are left out? What could we accomplish if together we invested in our missing brain power?

The Women's Place (TWP) is committed to expanding the opportunities for women's growth, leadership and power and contributing to underrepresented voices being heard. To that end, TWP presents The OpEd Project 1.5 day workshop and one year of access to mentor-editors. The OpEd Project is an organization that works to change our world's conversation by empowering a wave of new voices to join important public conversations, to take their equal place as narrators of the world, ultimately altering the patterns of underrepresentation in the media. 

The OpEd Project Workshop will train underrepresented experts to take thought leadership positions in their fields (through op-eds and much more) and give participants access to OpEd's international network of high-level media mentors for one year. 

During the first day of the workshop (9 am - 4 pm), participants will explore the source of credibility and how to establish it; how to present ideas quickly and powerfully under pressure; the components of powerful, evidence-based argument; the difference between being “right” and being effective; and strategies for making a greater impact, including how to escape a pigeonhole, how to preach beyond the choir, and the value of seeing your argument as part of a bigger picture—and yourself as part of a larger public conversation.

On the second day (9 am - noon), the workshop includes exploratory games and conversations designed to expand the way participants think about their expertise, and help “translate” niche ideas (raised during the first day) into large themes. Participants will also discuss strategies for making people believe ideas are worth investing in.

Important details:

  • Space is very limited
  • Tuition is $250
  • Notifications of acceptance by early October


Event graphicMay 18-20, 2016
12th Annual Student Parent Support Symposium
Sponsors: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Women's Place (and many others)
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 this nationally-acclaimed symposium which brings together professionals from across the U.S. and Canada. The symposium will address 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.

Conference areas of emphasis include:

  • College program models for student parents
  • Issues affecting the academic success of student parents
  • Realistic needs for student parent academic success
  • Helping student parents balance family/school/work
  • Housing needs for student parents
  • Developing community support
  • Collaboration with community resources
  • Means to solicit funds or resources from national, state or private foundations

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Portrait of Dr. Lisa HinkelmanMay 13, 2016
ASFW 12th Annual Ballam Women's Symposium
Empower Yourself: A Holistic Approach
Sponsors: Association of Staff & Faculty Women, The Women's Place and others (see the "more information" link for full list)
Friday, 8 am - 1:30 pm
Location: James Cancer Hospital, 460 W 10th Ave, Room L035
Fee: $35 for ASFW members; $50 for non-members; Register by May 6

Join the Association of Staff & Faculty Women for the Ballam Women's Symposium featuring keynote speaker Dr. Lisa Hinkelman. Dr. Hinkelman was an Ohio State faculty member and is the founder and director of Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX). ROX is an organization that provides evidence-based empowerment programming for girls; delivers professional development to educators, teachers, and parents; and conducts research and evaluation focused on girls. Her talk, “From Confident Girls to Competent Women: Our Leadership Journey” will focus on how the early messages we receive and the experiences we have as girls can influence and shape the type of leaders that we become as adults. With a focus on effective communication, collaboration vs. competition, and the necessity of courageous conversations, Lisa will challenge participants to evaluate their leadership journey while simultaneously providing insights and guidance for women who serve as influencers in the lives of girls.

Megan Amaya, PhD, director of Health Promotion and Wellness and assistant professor in practice at Ohio State's College of Nursing will lead our session following the keynote speaker. As working professionals, we have demanding days with little personal time—often then heading home to family responsibilities. What if engaging in frequent exercise, healthy meals, and brief recovery during the day would make one more productive and even happier? Renew oneself, one’s health, and one’s relationships by learning the evidence-based strategies and tools of “Energy Management.”

Breakfast and lunch will be provided with registration.

More information

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.

Event video graphic and link

Click the image to view a video of the Privilege Symposium event.

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.

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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.

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