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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.


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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People painting with very large brushesPeople doing exercises with swordsMarch 14 & 15, 2015
Circle, Brush and Sword: Joining Stillness and Decisive Action
Sponsors: The Women's Place, Ohio State College of Social Work, Columbus Shambhala Center, Central Ohio Art of Hosting Community
Time: 9 am - 5 pm, both days
Location: Mid-Ohio Foodbank, 3960 Brookham Dr, Grove City, OH 43123
Fee: $325

Join Toke Moeller, Barbara Bash and Bob Wing for a three-day workshop on practicing the art of peaceful warriorship. Through circle dialogue, brushwork and aikido sword play, they will increase our individual and group capacity for staying centered and working effectively in the difficult situations of our challenging times. Toke Moeller is a consultant and internationally known leadership coach, Barbara Bash, is an internationally known calligrapher and illustrator (Vermont) and Bob Wing, is an Aikido sword master (Colorado). The workshop is open to the entire central Ohio community.

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Several women at the 2013 reception laughing and talking2013 reception attendees2013 reception attendees talking

February 3, 2015
2015 Annual Women's Reception
Sponsor: The Women's Place
Tuesday, 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 contribution 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.

This year Kim Shumate, associate vice president for Human Resources Administration and Operations and interim chief human resources officer of the Wexner Medical Center, will offer a toast. Special guests President Drake, possibly Mrs. Drake, and Provost Steinmetz will speak. We hope to see you there!


November 14-16, 2014
Art of Hosting Training Focusing on Implicit Bias
Sponsor: The Women's Place
Friday-Sunday
Location: Hickory Lakes, 12495 Ault Rd, Pickerington, OH 43147
Fee: $50 (subsidized rate for OSU faculty & staff only); registration deadline: Nov 1

Take advantage of this highly subsidized training valued at $600. The Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations (AoH) blends a suite of powerful conversational processes that invite people to step in and take charge of the challenges facing them in an inherently more democratic way than most conversations. People who experience AoH typically say that they walk away feeling more empowered and able to help guide the meetings and conversations they are part of towards more effective and desirable outcomes.

The Women’s Place (TWP) is working with the Implicit Bias Collaborative to explore how implicit bias impacts the creation of an equitable and inclusive university environment. We invite you to come together for this three-day experience to delve into implicit bias as you develop Art of Hosting skills. You will:

  • Learn methodologies in hosting, designing, and harvesting meaningful conversations
  • Experience meaningful conversations around implicit bias to seed a larger initiative concerning implicit bias on campus
  • Learn how to contribute to the university community by hosting and designing conversations that matter in their own contexts

Dates, Timing and Meals: The training will run Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 16. Please plan to arrive for registration at 8:30am on Friday. This retreat is nonresidential, with activities beginning at 9am and concluding by 5pm on Friday and Saturday and no later than 3pm on Sunday. Training cost includes training materials, lunches and snacks for all three days.

After you register, we will email you payment instructions.


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