June 1, 2021 Edition
Celebrating Juneteenth and Pride Month
Juneteenth is celebrated each year on June 19th to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. While President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed more than three million slaves living in the Confederate states, in 1863 the news did not reach slaves who were living in Texas until June 19th, 1865. Upon learning that slavery had been abolished, the former slaves began to celebrate and Juneteenth has been observed each year since.
Pride Month is also celebrated in June to honor the Stonewall uprising that took place in Manhattan, NY at the end of June, 1969. The uprising was staged by patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn to resist the police harassment and persecution that LGBTQ+ Americans were commonly subjected to and has since served as a significant tipping point for the U.S. LGBTQ+ movement. Pride events are held during this month to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments that members of the LGBTQ+ community have achieved and their impact in the world.
CFAES Alumni Awards Nominations Now Open!
The CFAES Alumni Society sponsors an annual awards program to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions through their careers.

It's not too early to start thinking about nominations for the 2022 awards! The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2021.

If you are interested in nominating someone for the 2022 CFAES Alumni Awards, criteria are available here.

Host a DEI Webinar for Your Department/Unit! 
Did you know that in addition to offering monthly, open webinars, the CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers in-house delivery of programs to any CFAES unit or department by request for FREE? Available webinars address topics such as implicit bias, microaggressions, bystander intervention, power and privilege, inclusive hiring, and LGBTQ+ issues. If you are interested in hosting a program for members of your unit or department or would like more information please contact Dr. Leo Taylor, Program Manager for Faculty and Staff Affairs at taylor.3408@osu.edu. Visit the DEI website for descriptions of upcoming and past programs to get a better idea about currently available topics. Suggestions for new programs/topics are always welcome!
"The Intersectionality of Blackness and Queerness: A Panel Discussion" Video Now Available on Our YouTube Channel
One of our past panels "The Intersectionality of Blackness and Queerness" is now available on our YouTube channel! If you missed this event or would like to watch it again, you can do so by clicking here.
25% OFF Cultural Intelligence Virtual Workshops – Must Register by June 10th
To maximize inclusion and effectiveness, members of diverse teams must possess cultural intelligence (also known as CQ). Cultural intelligence refers to the ability to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse situations and is something that must be cultivated. There are many ways to cultivate cultural intelligence. For example, you can volunteer for projects that put you in contact with teams, organizations, or groups from different cultures; learn a foreign language; get to know people from different communities and social identity groups; and attend workshops. The Cultural Intelligence Center is renown for their high-quality training programs on various aspects of Cultural Intelligence. The CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion encourages you to check out this special discount offer for two of their signature 4-hour virtual programs: Developing CQ® and CQ® Your Bias. If you register by June 10th you will receive 25% off. In addition to the training program, you receive access to their e-learning portal where you can deepen your understanding of workshop content. 
DEI Spotlights: June 2021
Throughout the summer months we will be celebrating our colleagues who are working to make CFAES and the community a welcoming place for all people. The DEI Student Spotlights will return to our monthly newsletters starting in August, 2021. Do you know someone who you think should be featured? To submit a nomination for the DEI Faculty and Staff Spotlight, please fill out this form.
DEI Faculty and Staff Spotlight: Dr. Monica Giusti
This month's DEI Faculty and Staff Spotlight features Dr. Monica Giusti who is a professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology. Dr. Giusti is also the President of Ohio State's Organization of Latinx/Hispanic Employees (OLÉ) and a member of the CFAES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Action Council.

June and July 2021 CFAES DEI Webinars
For a full list of our Spring and Summer 2021 webinars, please visit our professional development webinars page.
2021 Gardening with Physical Limitations Webinar Series: Garden Maintenance
DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, June 1st, 6:00-7:30PM

Learn how to manage various garden pests using Integrated Pest Management. This approach utilizes cultural control, biological control, as well as chemical control to minimize pest pressure in the garden. We will also go over a variety of garden tools that have been/can be adapted to be easier and more comfortable to use by people with physical limitations.

Presenters: Laura Akgerman and Jenny Andon
Inclusive Excellence in Hiring
Friday, June 4th, 10:00-11:15AM

This 75-minute training provides an overview of best practices for recruiting a diverse candidate pool. Although this program primarily focuses on faculty searches, much of the content applies also to staff searches. Participants will examine the role that various forms of implicit bias can play in screening applicants and identify ways that intersecting social identities create an unlevel competitive job market. Strategies for targeted recruitment of historically underrepresented minority applicants will be addressed. CFAES requires that all individuals serving on a search committee complete this training every 2 years.
Gender Demystified: Creating Inclusive Environments for People of All Genders
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, June 9th, 2:00-3:30PM

Have you noticed that some people include their pronouns next to their name on Zoom, but aren’t sure why? Are you unsure about gender-neutral pronouns such as “they/them” or nonbinary gender identities? Would you like to better understand how gender differs from sex and sexual orientation? This 90-minute webinar will explore the various aspects of identity that relate to gender and sex. Participants will learn key vocabulary, gain a better understanding of their own identities, and identify ways to strive for allyship with transgender and gender non-conforming individuals to create environments that are inclusive of all genders.
The Hypermarginalization of Transgender People Living with Neurodisabilities
Wednesday, June 16th, 2:00-3:30PM
Wednesday, July 21st, 2:00-3:30PM

What is it like to live in a society that views gender as a binary system and penalizes those who stray from established norms? How is this compounded by the fact that deviations from gender norms have historically been and continue to be pathologized? What is the impact, then, when a person who is transgender is also living with a nuerodisability such as depression or anxiety? This 90-minute webinar will address the history of the pathologization of transgender people, connecting it to White supremacist ideologies (e.g., eugenics) and propose a reconstructed vision of a society where everyone has body autonomy. The facilitator will challenge the paradigm of normal versus abnormal and argue that all human conditions, even those we consider "mental illnesses", are normal and should be celebrated as natural sources of diversity. Attendees do not need to be familiar with transgender issues or mental health conditions to participate.
Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: A 2-Part Webinar Series for Parents, 4-H Leaders, and Youth-Serving Adults
Part One: Monday, June 21st, 6:00-7:00PM
Part Two: Monday, June 28th, 6:00-7:30PM

This 2-part webinar series will cover important information for parents and adults who work with LGBTQ+ youth and strive to foster an inclusive environment so that all youth can thrive. FREE and open to the public.

Part One: Introduction to LGBTQ+ Identities
Have you ever seen the acronym LGBTQQ2SIAAP or some variation thereof and wondered what it means? In this 60-minute webinar, we will define basic LGBTQ+ terminology and provide important statistics about LGBTQ+ youth. This introductory session is intended for individuals who have limited or no experience with LGBTQ+ culture or identities. The session will conclude with an examination of the Gender Elephant, a model that helps frame different, but interconnected identities associated with attraction and gender identity. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own identities between sessions one and two. Session two will begin with an opportunity for discussion.

Part Two: How to Support LGBTQ+ Youth
In this 90-minute webinar, we will dive deeper into to the roles parents, educators, volunteers, and other youth-serving adults play in supporting LGBTQ+ youth and how they can intentionally nurture an inclusive environment where youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities feel welcomed, safe, and validated. We will also be sharing strategies for dealing with specific issues and resources to help you on your journey. There will be plenty of time for discussion/Q&A with the facilitators.

If you have any questions about this program please contact Laura Stanton (stanton.60@osu.edu).
Inclusive Excellence in Hiring
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, July 7th, 11:00AM-12:30PM

This 90-minute training provides an overview of best practices for recruiting a diverse candidate pool for faculty and staff positions. Participants will examine the role that various forms of implicit bias can play in screening applicants and identify ways that intersecting social identities create an unlevel competitive job market. Strategies for targeted recruitment of historically underrepresented minority applicants will be addressed. The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences requires that all individuals serving on search committees complete this training every 2 years.

For more information, please contact the facilitator, Dr. Leo Taylor at taylor.3408@osu.edu.
Inclusive Teaching in the Virtual Classroom: Applying an Equity Lens to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, July 15th, 11:00AM-12:30PM

Teaching practices must be adapted across modalities – what worked in the physical classroom may not translate well in the virtual classroom. This is especially true when applying an equity lens to maximize inclusivity and account for a diversity of learning preferences. The “banking” model of education, in which an expert deposits knowledge via lecturing into the minds of the passive absorber, has been shown to be less effective and even reinforce oppression, thus active learning strategies and other tools have been developed to create inclusive classrooms that work better for a variety of learning styles. Virtual classrooms come with unique equity and inclusion challenges that must be addressed to ensure the needs of all learners are met. This 90-minute interactive webinar will outline strategies educators can use in virtual classrooms to create an engaging, inclusive, and equitable learning environment. Participants will leave with a better understanding of technology and other strategies available to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion goals when teaching in virtual classrooms.

This webinar is free and open to anyone at Ohio State.
Recommended Articles and Resources
Google Arts & Culture and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture have collaborated to create a virtual exhibition where viewers can learn more about the history of Juneteenth.
This excellent resource, published by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, provides an extensive list of “do’s” and “don’ts” for anyone striving to be an ally to LGBTQ+ people.
This reading list created by Penguin Random House contains fiction and nonfiction works by African American authors that continue to shape our culture, celebrate liberation, and acknowledge the ongoing work towards freedom and equality still necessary over 150 years later.
This short video provides a brief history and overview of the significance of June 19th, also known as “Juneteenth”, the annual holiday that commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the United States.
Opportunities Around Campus and in the Community
COVID-19 and the APIDA Community: Impacts, Historical Oppression, Allyship
Wednesdays in June, 3:00PM, Zoom
The global response to COVID-19 has meant and increase in xenophobia, which is a fear, prejudice or hatred of people from other countries. Unfortunately, throughout history, fear of disease and racism have gone hand in hand. In the months since COVID-19 has been circulating, Asian-Americans and Asians around the world have experienced heightened levels of verbal and physical aggression.

This workshop discusses the impact COVID-19 is having on Asian/Asian American communities both here at Ohio State and nationwide. We'll begin by discussing the ways in which anti-Asian racism has manifested since the pandemic, and the impacts the rise in anti-Asian racism has had on Asian and APIDA communities. Our dialogue will then shift to highlighting the history Asian Americans have with this type of racial oppression. We'll then address how we can raise awareness of the ways others can strive for allyship with our APIDA students, friends, loved ones and colleagues.

Join us in community as we address this important facet of the COVID-19 pandemic and formulate ways that we can each play a role in interrupting bias and creating safe and inclusive communities.

We're Not Your Model: Dismantling the Asian Model Minority Myth
Thursdays in June, 3:00PM, Zoom
For decades, Asian and Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) folks have been denied our racial reality. Socially constructed perceptions of either academic or professional success have made us a “model minority," effectively erasing our historical and present day experiences with systemic racism and oppression. When we unpack the numerous identities that exist within the APIDA community and the historical legacy of oppression APIDA folks contend with on a daily basis, we see that the label of “model minority” is nothing but a myth, and that this label serves a very different sociological function.

Join us in a discussion of the “Model Minority” myth’s historical roots in white supremacy, and discover ways to dismantle the myth, reduce its harmful impacts on our everyday lives, and reclaim an empowered Asian and APIDA identity.

Open Workshop: Safe Zone (Virtual)
Wednesday, June 2nd, 1:00-2:30PM, Zoom
The Safe Zone Training aims to create a more welcoming and safe campus for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The workshop is recommended for faculty, staff, and students. Through this workshop, participants will (1) gain a greater understanding of LGBTQ identities and the systems of oppression that affect the community, (2) learn tools for incorporating LGBTQ-inclusive practices into your daily life, and (3) strengthen their skills in recognizing and interrupting anti-LGBTQ bias.
This session is open to all OSU students, faculty, and staff. The workshop lasts for 1 hours and 30 minutes.

Folklore Talks: Others Studying Others (as Others)
Wednesday, June 2nd, 1:00-3:00PM, Zoom
The Fellows of the American Folklore Society are pleased to sponsor this webinar, "Others Studying Others (as Others)," in our series Folklore Talks. The webinar will be held on June 2 from 1–3pm EDT.

The featured speakers are José Limón, Ruth Behar, John McDowell, and Raquel Romberg.

Building on the virtual forum on race and racism at the AFS 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting , this webinar turns to Latinidades and features four folklorists who will engage is in a discussion about folklorists studying both their own and other cultures.

This webinar is co-sponsored by the AFS
Chicano and Chicana Section, Folklore Latino, Latinoamericano, y Caribeño Section

Register here:
Historically Speaking: In Remembrance Of Greenwood
Wednesday, June 2nd, 7:00-8:30PM, Online
NMAAHC and Smithsonian Magazine convene to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. A panel discussion will explore the development of the city's Greenwood District, the events which led to its Black residents being the target of racially motivated violence, as well as the aftermath that highlights the community's resilience and regrowth. Panelists include Lisa Cook of Michigan State University, Victor Luckerson, Tulsa resident and a contributor to Smithsonian Magazine’s April 2021 cover package devoted to the massacre and the Black history of Oklahoma, with Paul Gardullo, NMAAHC Curator of History. Michael Fletcher of ESPN's Undefeated will moderate the panel.

Register here:
Advancing Culturally Responsive Research and Researchers Virtual Conference
June 2nd-4th, Zoom
The College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) and the EHE Office of Research, Innovation, Collaboration’s (ORIC) QualLab, The Ohio State University are sponsoring a virtual, 3-day advanced methods institute entitled, Advancing Culturally Responsive Research and Researchers. The virtual event will be held starting at noon on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 and ending after lunch on Friday, June 4, 2021.

The goal of this event is to provide an opportunity for an open and challenging discussion of the ways in which research methods impact the cultural relevance and sustainability of scholarly research in the social-behavioral sciences. The institute will be comprised of a series of workshops, with each workshop focusing on a methodological issue (e.g., sampling, design, measurement and data collection, data analysis) that has key implications for the protection of cultural identities, traditions and ways of life. Workshops will build attendees’ skills, highlight issues relevant to research among diverse populations, and employ examples from data sets which address issues which are culturally relevant.

2021 NCAA Inclusion Forum
June 2nd-4th, Online
Registration is now open for the 2021 NCAA Inclusion Forum, to be held virtually June 2 – 4! Inspired by Civil Rights icons, award-winning author Maya Angelou and statesman John Lewis, this year’s theme is “A Vision for Change: Empowering Voices and Rising to Action.” Visit the 2021 NCAA Inclusion Forum Registration Webpage to register for this virtual event. Please note there will be no registration fee for the Inclusion Forum, but space is limited. Register early to ensure your spot.

LGBTQ+ Unity Summit
Friday, June 4th, 9:00AM-12:00PM, Online
Join the Ohio Diversity Council for our Virtual LGBTQ+ Unity Summit! This program offers you the opportunity to learn and share diversity and inclusion best practices with other organizational leaders within your community. In addition to learning valuable takeaways that can help you enhance your internal D&I efforts, you will also be able to engage with individuals who represent a wide array of perspectives, businesses, and industries. #ConnectingPRIDE

Caregiver Support Network Safe Medication Practices for Better Health 
Wednesday, June 9th at 2:00PM, Zoom
Presented by Ruth E. Emptage, Pharm.D, BCGP
  • Be your own health advocate – you are the most important part of your healthcare team. Take the time to become an expert!
  • Learn safe medication practices – only take medicines as directed by your healthcare professionals, store them securely, and safely dispose of them when no longer needed.
  • Know the risks of medication misuse – drug misuse affects us all – find out how you can help

Ruth has been a faculty member at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy since 1996. She received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh, Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The Ohio State University and completed a Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Residency/Fellowship from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

She has extensive experience working with community dwelling older adults regarding safe and effective medication use. She also enjoys being able to teach Doctor of Pharmacy students the importance of being knowledgeable about medication considerations for older adults.
Open Workshop: Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Classrooms (Virtual)
Wednesday, June 9th, 2:00-3:30PM, Zoom
The Student Life Multicultural Center offers this training to facilitate faculty and staff in creating more inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students! This 1-hour and 30-minute workshop focuses on best practices for supporting LGBTQ students in the classroom as well as strategies for navigating challenging conversations and interrupting bias. It is recommended, but not required, for participants to attend a Safe Zone Training before attending this workshop.

Open Workshop: Trans 101 (Virtual)
Wednesday, June 16th, 2:00-4:00PM
This workshop explores best practices for engaging with and supporting transgender and gender non-conforming students and communities at The Ohio State University. The workshop is recommended for faculty, staff, and students. Through this 1- and 30-minute training, participants will gain a greater understanding of transgender identities and the systems of oppression that affect their community as well as strategies for creating gender inclusive spaces. It is recommended, but not required, for participants to attend a Safe Zone Training before attending this workshop.

Juneteenth Celebration
Thursday, June 17th, 11:45AM-1:00PM, Zoom
Save the date and plan to attend the upcoming virtual Juneteenth celebration, hosted by the Diversity Council, on Thursday, June 17, beginning at 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the event, you’ll hear from:

A drum call featuring local artists
  • Hal Paz, MD, executive vice president and chancellor for Health Affairs, The Ohio State University, chief executive officer, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, chief diversity officer, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, professor, college of medicine, The Ohio State University
  • Elaine Richardson, PhD, professor, department of teaching and learning, The Ohio State University
  • Hasan Kwame Jeffries, PhD, associate professor, department of history, The Ohio State University

Juneteenth Jubilee
Saturday, June 19th, 1:00-6:00PM, Goodale Park (Columbus, OH)
We are excited to host the Juneteenth Jubilee this Summer! 2021 is the first year that Juneteenth will be a recognized holiday in Ohio. To mark the occasion, we are hosting an exquisite festival to celebrate Black culture, accomplishments, and joy. Come out and experience amazing food, local vendors, music, performances, and more.

Want to participate in the Juneteenth Jubilee? Interested in being a sponsor or partner?
Email the Black Liberation Movement Central Ohio at blmcentralohio@gmail.com

School Counselors on Anti-Racism: TEACH IN
Friday, June 25th, 10:00AM-5:30PM, Online
Join us for the antiracist school counseling teach in for professional counselors, school counselors, counselor educators and advocates.

10:00 a.m. (EST) | Opening Lecture : Dr. Bettina Love
11:15 a.m. | Reflections and Response to Lecture Break Outs
12:00 p.m. | Lunch on your own virtually
1:30 p.m. | Afternoon Session Panel #1
2:50 p.m. | Afternoon Session Panel #2
4:00 p.m. | Closing Session
5:00 p.m. | Conclusion of the Event

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