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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.

Sponsor's logoMay 19, 2014
ASFW 10th Annual Ballam Women's Symposium
"In Search of Sisterhood: Cultivating Community across Campus."
Plenary Speaker: Lisa Hayes, LISW-S
Sponsor: Association of Staff and Faculty Women (ASFW), The Women's Place
Monday, 7:30 am - 2 pm
Location: Ross Heart Hospital (first floor) lobby & auditorium
Fee: $25 ASFW members, $35 non-members

Lisa Hayes presents "In Search of Sisterhood: Cultivating Community across Campus." Lisa Hayes, LISW-S will be ASFW's plenary speaker for the Ballam Women's Symposium this year. She is a trauma therapist at Mount Carmel Crime & Trauma Assistance Program and also works in private practice. Lisa is a two-time Ohio State graduate and has conducted a long list of workshops and events that cater to women centered issues.

Breakfast and lunch are included. A special health and wellness program and raffle will follow the plenary talk.

Event graphicMay 16-17, 2014
Queer Places, Practices, and Lives II
Sponsors: Sexuality Studies Program, The Women's Place
Friday-Saturday, 8:30 am - 7:30 pm (Fri); 8:30 am - 5:45 pm (Sat)
Location: Ohio Union, OSU, 1739 N High St, Columbus, 43210
Fee: free, registration required

The second queer studies conference at Ohio State, Queer Places, Practices, and Lives II will feature keynote speakers Sara Ahmed and Eli Clare. This 2-day conference provides a forum for scholars, creative writers, performance artists, archivists, and others to present and discuss their work relating to queer issues. The conference aims to take stock of recent trends in queer studies scholarship and to open up new avenues of inquiry, research, and expressive practice.

More information.

Portrait of Marilyn SmithApril 9, 2014
History of the Domestic & Sexual Violence Movement in Deaf America 1986-2014
Featuring Marilyn J. Smith
Sponsor: Department of English, The Women's Place, Department of Education, Teaching and Learning, Department of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, DISCO, ASL Program, Nisonger Center, and Office of Disability Services
Wednesday, 2:30 - 4 pm
Location: Sullivant Hall 220 (*please note the room has changed)

Marilyn Smith will discuss two crucial movements in deaf America: the anti-violence movement and the Deafhood movement. She will illustrate how they are entwined, and how both have changed many perceptions and actions in deaf America.

Smith is a trailblazer and former executive director and founder of Abused Deaf Women Advocacy Services (ADWAS). She started ADWAS in 1986 as a basement operation in her home in Seattle, WA, in response to the murder of a deaf woman by her abusive husband. Since then it has grown into a $1.9 million nonprofit organization.

In 2006, ADWAS was able to build their first Safe Haven (transitional housing program) for abused deaf women and children, and has since trained 24 other cities to replicate the ADWAS model. Marilyn has received numerous awards. Now on the board of the Foundation to Deafhood and Gallaudet Board of Associates, Marilyn is collaboratively working with many prominent deaf leaders to reduce audism nationally and worldwide.

Drinks and snacks provided.

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Photo of Chavez-Garcia with her daughterApril 4, 2014
Moving From Associate to Full Professor: A Workshop with Professor Miroslava Chávez-García
Sponsors: Latina/o Studies at Ohio State and The Women's Place
Friday, 10 - 11:30 am
Location: Stillman Hall, room 115 (McMillin), 1947 College Rd
Fee: free, registration required

On her road from assistant professor to professor, Miroslava Chávez-García has experienced academic life in a regional, teaching university as well as in major research universities; managed a short-term commuter marriage with her spouse living in another state; and, with her spouse, is raising two children.

Chávez-García is a professor in the Chicana & Chicano Studies Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has published two major books in the field of history and several articles and chapters in Chicana/o studies, women's studies and juvenile justice. She has also provided significant service to the profession by serving on varied internal and external campus committees, national review panels for fellowship competitions, and served as chair and, currently, vice chair, of departments.

All along the way, she has compiled an "archive" of insights, strategies and plans that she enjoys and is committed to sharing with women of color on the tenure track. She looks forward to hosting an interactive discussion with Ohio State women faculty that can focus on meeting and finding individual and institutional needs and solutions.

Video of the Beyond Implicit Bias event described below is available — see the photo link following the event description.

Portrait of Russell Fazio
Russell Fazio
Portrait of Cheryl Staats
Cheryl Staats
Portrait of Quinn Capers
Quinn Capers
March 26, 2014
Beyond Implicit Bias: Motivations and Actions
Sponsors: Implicit Bias Collaborative
Wednesday, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall/Moritz College of Law*
Fee: free, register by March 19
*The event will also be available remotely on Carmen Connect

Join the Implicit Bias Collaborative as we delve further into implicit bias by examining how motivations affect action and the possibilities for overcoming biases with Ohio State experts on the subject. Cheryl Staats, researcher from the Kirwan Institute, Professor Russell Fazio from Ohio State's Department of Psychology and Ohio State's Dr. Quinn Capers, IV, associate dean, College of Medicine and assistant professor, cardiovascular medicine, will present.

Dr. Fazio, the Harold E. Burtt Chair in Psychology, is an American Psychological Association Fellow and recipient of a National Science Foundation grant and many National Institute of Mental Health grants, among others. His research is centered on the study of attitudes, such as prejudice and stereotyping, and focuses on attitude formation, change, and accessibility, attitude-behavior consistency, and social cognition. He is the author of "Attitudes: Insights from the New Implicit Measures" and has articles published in numerous journals.

Staats is the author of "State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review," an extensive document that synthesizes a broad range of scholarly literature on how unconscious racial associations influence human decision-making and outcomes. The "Implicit Bias Review" highlights how cognitive forces that shape individual behavior without our awareness can contribute to societal inequities. Much of her current work focuses on implicit racial/ethnic bias.

Dr. Capers was named one of America’s Best Doctors of 2009. He is associate dean for admissions in The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and an assistant professor of clinical medicine and director of Peripheral Vascular Interventions in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Capers was a National Research Service Award grantee of the National Institutes of Health as a cardiology fellow. In 2010, Dr. Capers received the Carter G. Woodson Award for Outstanding Community Service from Defense Supply Center in Columbus.

If you attended the fall 2013 semester implicit bias workshops, please RSVP for this workshop as it will go beyond the introductory material of those preceding it. Lunch will be included, RSVPs are required. Register by March 19.

Snapshot from Beyond Implicit Bias event video

Click the image to view an Adobe® Connect™ video presentation of the Beyond Implicit Bias event (please be patient if there is a delay in the loading process.)

Event graphicMarch 7, 2014
Women Coming Together Celebrating International Women's Day 
Sponsors: Wexner Medical Center, Columbus Public Health, Amethyst Inc., LULAC Women, The Women's Place (see complete list below)
Friday, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Location: The Ivory Room, 2 Miranova Place, 6th Floor
Fee: $45, registration deadline is Feb 27

Since 1994, Women Coming Together has organized an annual conference to provide an opportunity for women of different racial/ethnic groups, ages, faith, sexual orientations, educational and employment experience to identify and share their community health concerns. This year Women Coming Together will celebrate International Women’s Day with a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Five phenomenal women who are “ordinary women changing the world one person at a time” will be honored with the Starfish Award.

Keynote speaker Felicia Williams-Jackson, PhD, Williams Interdisciplinary Athenai Resilience Institute, LLC, will share her personal journey and discuss her research titled “That was Yesterday: The Lived Experience Resilient African American and Latina Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse.”

11:30 a.m.

11:35 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Mistress of Ceremony: Cora Muñoz, PhD
Invocation: Rev. Marjorie McDaniel-Burnett

11:45 a.m.

Introduction to Keynote Speaker: Felicia Williams-Jackson

12:30 p.m.
Starfish Award                        

Closing Remarks

For more information and to register, contact: Wanda Dillard at 293-5972 or dillard.19@osu.edu or Beth Bowman at elizabeth.bowman@osumc.edu or 293-8357 or Wynette Collins at wynettec@columbus.gov or 614-645-3958.

Sponsored by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Women’s Place, Columbus Public Health, Amethyst Inc., LULAC Women, City of Columbus, Community Relations Commission, Ohio Asian Health Coalition, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Columbus Chapter, Noor Community Health Center

Event graphicFebruary 28, 2014
Building Research Leaders – Professional Development Series for Women Faculty
Sponsors: Gender Initiatives in STEMM, Project CEOS, The Women's Place
Friday, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Location: Thompson Library multi-purpose room (room 165)
Fee: free, registration required

Do you wonder, “I love my research, and what’s next for me now or in the future?” Learn how to develop your leadership skills and broaden your research impact from an experienced panel of research center directors at Ohio State.

Boxed lunches will be served. The event is complementary; space is limited. Registration is required.

Panel Moderator, Caroline Whitacre, Vice President for Research, Professor, Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity


  • Rebecca Jackson, MD, associate dean for Clinical Research, College of Medicine; professor, Department of Internal Medicine; director, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Ellen Mosley-Thompson, PhD, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Geography; director of the Byrd Polar Research Center
  • Maria Palazzi, director of the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD); professor of Design
  • Vicki WysockiPhD, professor, Ohio Eminent Scholar of Macromolecular Structure and Function, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; director, Campus Chemical Instrument Center

Who should attend: tenure-track women faculty and researchers who are interested in advancing their careers, networking and learning from experts. This is part of a professional development series for women faculty sponsored by Gender Initiatives in STEMM, Project CEOS and The Women’s Place.

Event graphicJanuary 15, 2014
Finding Your Faculty Career Niche – Professional Development Series for Women Faculty
Sponsors: Gender Initiatives in STEMM, Project CEOS, The Women's Place
Wednesday, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Location: Thompson Library multi-purpose room (room 165)
Fee: free, registration required

Learn from a panel of experienced Ohio State women faculty with successful and diverse backgrounds in teaching, research, service and academic leadership. Join other tenure-track women faculty to network, collaborate and learn how to establish your niche within academia.

Boxed lunches will be served. The event is complementary; space is limited. Registration is required.

Panel Moderator: Joan Herbers, PhD, professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology; Principal Investigator Project CEOS (Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State)


  • Meg DalyPhD, associate professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
  • Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, PhD, professor and chair; College of Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering; Fellow, Institute of Navigation
  • Nongnuch Inpanbutr, DVM, professor, department of Veterinary Bioscience

Who should attend: tenure-track women faculty and researchers who are interested in advancing their careers, networking and learning from experts. This is part of a professional development series for women faculty sponsored by Gender Initiatives in STEMM, Project CEOS and The Women’s Place.

Portrait of Catherine RossNovember 13, 2013
Catherine Ross
Sponsors: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Women's Place, Office of Gender Initiatives in STEMM, Project CEOS
Wednesday, 10:30-11:30 am
Location: Hale Hall, Hall of Fame Room
Fee: free

Dr. Catherine Ross, an internationally recognized expert on transportation systems planning, urban planning and quality growth, presents this lecture on her professional insights and reflections on leadership. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sector and directs Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD) where she also serves as serves as Harry West Professor and Advance Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning in the College of Architecture.

She has conducted research for numerous governmental agencies, foundations and the private sector. In July 2009, Dr. Ross was selected to advise the Obama Administration on the first-ever White House Office of Urban Affairs. She is the editor of Megaregions: Planning for Global Competitiveness (Island Press, 2009) and the co-author of The Inner City: Urban Poverty and Economic Development in the Next Century (1997).

Dr. Ross has conducted research on transportation and urban planning and how to make cities, neighborhoods and regions safer, healthier places for all to live. She is the author of numerous articles, books, research reports and media publications and speaks regularly to national and international forums. She earned a Masters Degree and a PhD in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and completed post-doctorate work at the University of California, Berkeley.

Portrait of Monique MorrisNovember 8, 2013
Distinguished Lecturer Series
"Black Girls and School-to-Confinement Pathways: Building a Gender-Inclusive Justice Reform Agenda" featuring Dr. Monique Morris
Sponsors: Department of African American and African Studies, Criminal Justice Research Center, Kirwan Institute, Department of Teaching and Learning: Education & Human Ecology, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, DISCO, The Women’s Place
Friday, 1 - 3 pm
Location: Thompson Main Library, Multipurpose Room (165)
Fee: free

Public discourses on race, school discipline, and the criminal legal system have consistently prioritized the conditions of males — rendering females, particularly young Black women and girls, invisible in policy responses and practices aimed to reduce racial disparities and confinement. When women and girls are acknowledged, the focus is often exclusively on their sexuality and reproductive health.

In this lecture, Dr. Monique Morris, EdD, will discuss why it is imperative that scholars, advocates, and other key stakeholders construct a more gender-inclusive and authentic justice reform agenda. Dr. Morris is a 2012 Soros Justice Fellow and a lecturer for Saint Mary’s College of California in the Leadership Studies Graduate Program.

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