June 2023

Reflections and Remembrance: 

Juneteenth & Stonewall

June 2023. Reflections, Remembrance

Juneteenth; is the first federal holiday enacted since the recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1986. Signed into law on June 17th, 2021, the observance recognizes the long-standing historic day- June 19th as the day that the last enslaved African Americans were freed in Galveston, Texas in 1865. Occurring over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln in January 1863, the day was marked with jubilant celebrations and festivities.

The Black National Anthem contains the words, "Let us march on, til victory is won." For the remaining enslaved African Americans, June 19th 1865 was a cause for celebration as they rejoiced and triumphed over victories hard won.

The June 2021 proclamation reads: "On Juneteenth, we recommit ourselves to the work of equity, equality, and justice. And, we celebrate the centuries of struggle, courage, and hope that have brought us to this time of progress and possibility."

While there is still much work to be done on our march towards reflection, remembrance and the reconciliation of our nation's history with the treatment of African American people; we march forward this Juneteenth urging all to keep moving and working towards a more inclusive and equitable tomorrow. Perhaps the promise of new tomorrow was what impassioned the hearts and celebrations of those present on that June 19th, 1865 in Galveston, Texas.


The Stonewall Rebellion, also called the Stonewall Uprising, marks a series of six consecutive days of clashes and rebellion between the LGTBQ+ which commenced June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Police raids of LGTBQ+ friendly establishments was not uncommon and there was a shift of rancor, for the opressor-a unionizing of sorts. It should be noted that the LGTBQ+ segment which most benefited of the advocacy and push for policy change which came out of the Stonewall Rebellion is the cis gender white population. And the advocacy and policy changes which were spurred by this culmination of events set the stage for a strong, multi-organization efforts to recognize and celebrate LGTBQ+ which resulted in the first Pride week and Pride Parade in June 1970 which took place in New York City.

Today, Pride is a national and international celebration which celebrates love and people who come together to express in authenticity their testament of who they are and what they stand for. As the month of June begins, take a moment to remember that the Stonewall Rebellion was an opportunity to say no to oppression that was not wasted.

Click here to watch the short, twelve-minute documentary: "Gay and Proud", chronicling the first Pride Week Parade which took place in New York City in June of 1970.

DEI Highlights:

Enjoy highlights and opportunities from the DEI community at CFAES below!

Student Organization: MANRRS


An organization focused on promoting academic and professional development for minorities in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences, The Ohio State Chapter of MANRRS is focused on increasing diversity within the agricultural field and beyond. Through community, affirmation and empowerment, our members change the future of the industry to a more equitable and diverse environment.


OSU MANRRS had the pleasure of hosting the 2022 Region V Cluster in Columbus, OH in November 2022. OSU MANRRS also hosted a professional development series to prepare for the 37th Annual Training Conference and Career Expo which took place in Atlanta, GA in April 2023. The professional development series included an ice cream social & mock interviews, headshots and more.


For the 2023-2024 school year, OSU MANRRS wants to focus on

mentorship and recruitment, by increasing community involvement and social activities. New members welcomed.

Connect with MANRRS!

Anyone who is interested in joining or supporting MANRRS is encouraged to follow us on social media: @manrrs_osu.

You are also able to join our chapter GroupMe via the accompanying QR code or by clicking here.

CFAES DEI Workshops

Opportunities to engage with a wide range of diverse topics.


June 13:

"Equitable Hiring Practices"

  • 10:00a.m.- 11:30p.m.

June 21:

"The Language of Inclusion: Pronouns and Other Gendered Words"

  • 3:00p.m.- 4:30p.m.

June 29:

"Exploding Myths About Transgender and Nonbinary People" 

  • 12:00p.m.- 1:30p.m.
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CFAES DEI Speaker Series

DEI Knowledge you can use. Learn about scholarship, resources and more!



Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size: Moving Away from Harmful Diet Culture Toward Self-Compassion

Presenter: Gina Forster (she/her)

Assistant Director of Nutrition, OSU Dining Services

July 20th,2023 

12:00pm-1:15pm EST

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DEI Knowledge you can use.

Read, watch, and learn about content that will help you expand your understanding of the world.


Browse our YouTube Channel.

View recorded DEI Workshops and Webinars.


Karima Samadi has engaged in food systems work for over 15 years, in various programs ranging from child obesity prevention to food and agricultural education, to food insecurity research. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Food Science from the University of Kentucky, and master’s degree in Public Health from The Ohio State University.

After nearly 10 years at OSU in food security research coordination and research translation, she recently began working as a Policy Analyst at Columbus Public Health in the Center for Public Health Innovation - Policy, Research, and Evaluation section. In this role, she works to advance policy, programs, and services that advance health and equity, with a particular focus on reducing health disparities, raising the life expectancy of the community, and racism as a public health crisis. She engages in multiple policy areas with a main focus on the food system. Through all this, Karima continues to advance the work of the Columbus and Franklin County Local Food Action plan, and bolsters the efforts to improve food access, food equity, and food justice. Watch Karima's Speaker Series.


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Don't Let Arthritis Or Chronic Pain Stop You From Gardening

-Author: Laura Akgerman, DEI Disability Coordinator


Spring has sprung and gardening is in the air. Read this short article that aims to provide a brief introduction to accessible gardening. Learn about best practices to help you adapt to a gardening way of life. Learn how you can set yourself up for success even with chronic pain. Click here to read article.



The Loudest Duck Moving Beyond Diversity While Embracing Differences to Achieve Success

-Author: Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders


The Loudest Duck dives into the many aspects of diversity in the ever-expanding, increasingly global workplace. Through practical stories, cultural anecdotes and personal experiences, Laura Liswood explains how to ensure a fair and level playing field for anyone working his or her way up the ladder in this new corporate world order. Non-dominant groups - women, minorities, short people, just to name a few - face an uphill battle when it comes to reaching the top levels in leadership. Liswood discusses some of the reasons for the challenges encountered by historically underrepresented groups and suggests ways to overcome those obstacles by going beyond usual ideas about diversity.

The tools, frameworks and parables in the book aim to offer a new vision, a new level of awareness, a new understanding of diversity. If the loudest duck in China gets shot, but the squeaky wheel in the U.S. gets the grease, there must be a way for the two different approaches to be appreciated and not unconsciously judged, especially as globalization continues to 'shrink' our world. This book details why those differences should be made conscious and why awareness of such issues should be embraced and harnessed to the benefit of all in order to create a workplace where no one is subtly advantaged or disadvantaged because of their diversity. Learn more.


Move beyond words and commit to taking actions steps to work towards a more inclusive environment.

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June 2023:

Wendy Red Star: A Scratch on the Earth

  • presented by: The Columbus Museum of Art

Description: Columbus Museum of Art presents Wendy Red Star: A Scratch on the Earth, on view April 21–September 3, 2023. Organized by The Newark Museum of Art, this mid-career survey is the most comprehensive exhibition of Red Star (b. 1981) to date and features more than 40 works, highlighting 15 years of her studio practice.

Bringing the historical details of Crow and colonist history into the Technicolor present, Red Star uses photography, textiles and mixed media installation to explore themes of Crow history, the indigenous roots of feminism and contemporary life on the Crow Indian reservation in Montana where she was raised.... read more on the website

*Note: This exhibit runs through September 3, 2023.


June 20, 2023:

DEI Foundations

  • presented by: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Description: The DEI Foundations workshop aims to host a reset on what diversity, equity and inclusion means for you and/or your team. Through personal reflection, redefining core concepts, and reframing the work around justice, this workshop provides a meaningful opportunity to discuss what DEI currently looks like for you and/or your team, as well as shape what it can look like moving forward.



June 28, 2023:

DEI Foundations

  • presented by: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Description: Self-reflection is an important part of the social change process. The 90-minute Social Identity 101 workshop offers participants a guided opportunity to dive deeper into understanding their social identities and privileges. Participants will learn how social identity connects to oppression, debunk the myth of reverse oppression, and identify ways they can leverage privilege(s) and/or power for advocacy and social change.







June 2023

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month


June 2023

Caribbean American Heritage Month


June 2023

Indigenous People's Heritage Month


June 19, 2023



June 28, 2023

*is a three day festival

**North American dates



June 28 2023,

Stonewall Rebellion Day


Information for the World Calendar was provided by the Multicultural Calendar 2023.

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