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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 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.

Portrait of Shannon HarringtonOctober 29, 2013
Health Disparities
Presented by Dr. Shannon Harrington
Sponsors: The Women's Place, Wexner Medical Center, OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values
Tuesday, noon - 1:30 pm
Location: 160 Meiling Hall
Fee: free, registration required by Oct 23

Dr. Shannon Harrington, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, will address health disparities.

Dr. Harrington is a post-doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Cancer Center-Dana Farber Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston. She has been a nursing educator for six years and has 11 years of acute care experience in medical surgical nursing in a variety of settings including both in-patient and out-patient settings.

Harrington obtained a BS in nursing from Old Dominion University, a master’s in nursing with a concentration in Health Systems Management from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include: healthcare disparities, quality of care, breast cancer, health promotion/disease prevention, and the impact of poor nutrition and lack of exercise on health outcomes.

In addition to conducting research and teaching, she has been a national presenter at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in 2011, speaking on disparities among African American women with breast cancer.

Lunch will be included. Seating is limited. RSVP to dillard.19@osu.edu by Oct 23.

October 22, 2013
Overcoming Implicit Bias Workshop
Presented by Brian Nosek
Sponsors: The Women's Place, Office of Gender Initiatives in STEMM, Project CEOS, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Kirwan Institute, Arts and Sciences' DISCO, Columbus Partnership
Tuesday, 2 - 4 pm
Location: Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall/Moritz College of Law*
Fee: free

Photo of Brian NosekDr. Brian Nosek, cofounder of the Harvard-based Project Implicit and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia, presents this workshop on recognizing and overcoming implicit bias. Project Implicit is an international collaborative network of researchers investigating implicit social cognition — thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control.

Project Implicit is the product of a team of scientists whose research produced new ways of understanding attitudes, stereotypes and other hidden biases that influence perception, judgment, and action. As a member of Project Implicit, Nosek translates academic research into practical applications for addressing diversity, improving decision-making, and increasing the likelihood that practices are aligned with personal and organizational values. Nosek investigates the gap between values and practices — such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one's intentions and goals.

Before attending the workshop, we recommend that you take Project Implicit's online Implicit Association Test (IAT) to get a sense of your unconscious biases.

*If Saxbe auditorium is full when you arrive, you can view a simulcast of the event in the MLK Theatre on the first floor of Hale Hall, 154 W 12 Ave.

Several women at the 2012 reception laughing and talking2012 reception attendees in a small group discussion2012 reception attendees talking

October 16, 2013
2013 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 opportunity to celebrate Ohio State women, 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 we will highlight women who work, either formally or informally, to increase, support, and/or educate about diversity, in addition to recognizing women who have been recently hired or promoted. Valerie Lee, vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion, vice president for Outreach and Engagement, and chief diversity officer will be our honoree. Special guests include President Alutto and Provost Steinmetz.

We hope to see you there!

A PowerPoint presentation from the lecture described below is available — see the link following the lecture description.

Portrait of Dr. Denise Sekaquaptewa
Dr. Denise Sekaquaptewa
Portrait of Dr. Jennifer Linderman
Dr. Jennifer Linderman
September 13, 2013
Faculty Recruitment Workshop: Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Increase Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE)
Academic Leader Development Series
Sponsors: The Women's Place, Gender Initiatives in STEMM, Project CEOS, Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Human Resources
Friday, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: 160 Cunz Hall
Fee: free, registration required

Learn practices that will maximize the likelihood that diverse, highly qualified candidates for faculty positions will be identified, and, if selected, will be successfully recruited, retained, and promoted. Members of the STRIDE Committee, University of Michigan’s National Science Foundation ADVANCE program that specializes in diversity hiring practices, will lead the workshop.

  • Who should attend the workshop?: deans, department chairs, search committee chairs and search committee members
  • Goal of the program: learn evidence-based strategies for recruiting, retaining, and promoting exceptional faculty at Ohio State

Jennifer Linderman and Denise Sekaquaptewa will facilitate the workshop. Dr. Linderman is a professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, and a member of the Centers for Systems Biology and for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. As associate director of the University of Michigan ADVANCE Program and director of the ADVANCE program in the College of Engineering, she works to improve faculty recruitment, retention, climate and leadership at the university.

Dr. Sekaquaptewa is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also serves as associate director of the University of Michigan ADVANCE program and has served as an associate editor for the journals Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Workshop registration

Learn more about STRIDE.

STRIDE PowerPoint presented during the lecture

Conference graphicSeptember 11, 2013
Implicit Bias Conversation
Sponsor: The Women's Place
Wednesday, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: Hale Hall
Fee: free

Have you noticed that most university leaders are from the same demographic group? That some types of people get ignored in meetings? That some categories of employees are treated differently from others? Bring what you’ve noticed to an “unconference” on unconscious associations at Ohio State, and let’s talk about what we all notice and no one discusses! Join The Women’s Place for candid conversations — let's talk about real change!

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