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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.


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.


Portrait of Anita HillNovember 6 & 7, 2014
Anita Hill Documentary and Symposium
Sponsors: Departments of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and History, The Women's Place and many others
Thursday (film), 7 pm & Friday (symposium), 11 am
Location: film, Mershon auditorium; symposium, Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall
Fee: free

The film, "Anita," is a critically-acclaimed new feature documentary about the 1991 Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings. A screening of "Anita" at the Wexner Center's Mershon Auditorium will take place on Thursday, November 6, and be followed by a Q&A session with "Anita" filmmaker Freida Mock and Anita Hill herself. The next day, on Friday, November 7, a panel featuring Anita Hill and two or three other key speakers from the Ohio State community will reflect on the legacy of the Hill hearings and on the topics of sexual harassment, sexual assault and reform, historically and today.

The film was just released nationally in March to rave reviews, and the Ohio State University is one of the few universities in the nation to host a screening and panel event with Anita Hill.

Anita Hill is a lawyer and senior advisor to the provost and professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University. In 1991, she became a national figure when she alleged before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her when he was her supervisor at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Her testimony focused national attention on the issue of workplace sexual harassment. She has spent the past two decades raising awareness on issues of sexual harassment and encouraging those who have suffered harassment and discrimination to speak out. Until the documentary "Anita," however, Anita Hill had never before told her story on film.

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November 6 & 7, 2014
ACE Women's Network Ohio logoACE WNO 16th Annual Statewide Conference
Adaptable and Ready: Thriving in a New Higher Education Landscape
Sponsor: American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Network Ohio
Thursday (preconference), 4:30 pm & Friday 7:30 am - 4 pm
Location: 115 Stillman Hall and Ohio Union
Fee: professionals, $125; graduate students, $50

The Women’s Place has been working with ACE Women’s Network Ohio (WNO) to bring their 16th annual conference to The Ohio State University. WNO’s conference is a professional development opportunity for women faculty, staff, administrators and graduate students at Ohio colleges and universities.

WNO chose its 2014 theme “Adaptable and Ready: Thriving in a New Higher Education Landscape” based on college and university leaders’ expectations that the next 10 years will be a revolutionary period in higher education, with rapid and continual change. As a network that functions at the state level, they see their mission as helping women at all points in their careers prepare for the imminent changes in higher education. They seek to support all women in reaching their professional goals.

The conference features:

  • Breakout sessions offering opportunities for deep discussion, skill-building related to professional development and information on current higher education issues and trends
  • Networking with women administrators, faculty and staff from colleges and universities across Ohio
  • An all-female Presidential Panel who will describe their leadership journeys
  • Pre-conference (Nov 6): reception and screening of documentary “Anita: Speaking Truth to Power,” followed by conversation with Anita Hill & filmmaker Freida Mock

Conference Agenda:

Thursday, November 6, 2014:

Reception & Registration: 115 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Rd, 4:30-6:30 pm
Optional Anita Hill Screening: Wexner Center’s Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N High St, Columbus, 7 pm
Optional Dinner on your own: The Wine Bistro, 1750 W Lane Ave, 6-8 pm

Friday, November 7, 2014 (Ohio Union):

Continental Breakfast, Roundtables & Registration: 7:30 – 8:30 am
Welcome: 8:30 am
Presidential Panel: 8:45 - 10:15 am
ACE WNO Awards: 10:15 - 10:45 am
Break: 10:45 - 11 am
Concurrent Breakout Sessions I: 11 am - 12:15 pm
Lunch & Plenary: 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Break: 1:15 - 1:30 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions II: 1:30 - 2:45 pm
Closing Plenary: 3 - 3:45 pm
Closing Remarks and Door Prizes: 3:45 - 4 pm

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A group of black girlsSeptember 12-13, 2014
Black Girls: The Silent Crisis
Sponsor: Department of African American and African Studies; cosponsored by The Women's Place (see more cosponsors below)
Friday, 9 am
Location: AAAS Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave, Columbus
Fee: free

The intersection of race and class in the lives of African American males is the topic of intense debates, extensive research, and speculation as to what will create long-term resiliency. Not until recently have the lives of black girls begun to receive national attention.

The Department of African and African American Studies is proactively responding to the need for dialogue. This Symposium is focused on trauma and resiliency in black girls and the role of black fatherhood and black men on the identity formation of black girls. The Symposium is a partnership with Rise Sister Rise, a local women's organization whose work is based on the groundbreaking study of the same name of 409 African American girls in four Ohio cities.

It is open to scholars, students, and Columbus community members who are interested in race and culture, gender studies, issues and challenges related to the economic, educational, social, mental, and physical health of young girls and teens, as well as the role of the criminal justice system in the lives of black girls and their families.

Cosponsors: College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Psychology; Department of Teaching and Learning; College of Social Work; Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity; Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Criminal Justice Research Center; Student Life Multicultural Center and The Women's Place.

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Event graphicMay 28 - 30, 2014
2014 Student Parent Support Symposium
“Babies, Diapers & Diplomas: Supporting Those Who Support Student Parents in Higher Education”
Sponsors: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Women's Place
Wednesday - Friday
Location: The Blackwell Hotel, 2110 Tuttle Park Pl, Columbus, 43210
Fee: $75 - 340; registration required by May 16

The 10th Annual Student Parent Support Symposium promotes the advancement of support services in higher education for single parents, low-income parents, and families. A wide range of presentations will be offered relating to the development and improvement of student parent participation in higher education.


Event graphicMay 23 & 24, 2014
The First Actresses: 1600-1930s Symposium
Sponsors: OSU Department of Theatre, The Women's Place and University Libraries' Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute
Friday and Saturday, time TBA
Location: TBA

Arriving centuries late to the theatre profession, women have met with hostility, censorship, bans and working conditions often well below those available to their male counterparts, not least of which was economic security much lower than that of actors. This symposium focuses on the actress with a view to promoting, identifying and encouraging research and scholarly directions on the work and lives of actresses from the 17th through the early 20th centuries.

The symposium will include keynote speaker Sharon Marcus (The Orlando Harriman Professor at Columbia University), presentations, exhibition and two performances that will provide a forum for scholarship to be shared, work by practitioner/researchers to be experienced, and will allow future directions on the study of the actress to emerge.

For more information, please email Lesley Ferris at ferris.36@osu.edu.


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