Spring 2021 Calendar 

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Grown-ish: Getting real about our current Gen Z student  | Lunch & Learn | Friday, April 7, 2021 | 12noon-1:00pm (EST) | Click here for Zoom | Presented by: Jason Timpson | Event Description: This presentation will explore the needs wants and desires of our college students. These students are called Generation Z, colloquially known as Zoomers, because of their lifelong connection with technology. Gen Z is the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials and preceding Generation Alph. Often, higher education professionals struggle to make connections, effectively communicate with, and understand the lived experiences of our current college student. This presentation will draw attention to the challenges current higher ed professionals have making connections and highlight some solutions. Additionally, the presentation will explore general traits, how Gen Z’ers use technology, and how their worldview impacts their lives on campus. | Centering: Higher Edu professionals


February

Black Men of the Future | Spring 2021 Retreat | Saturday, February 13, 2021 | 5pm-7pm (EST) |  Members only

 

Activism: Mobilization Towards Transformational Leadership | Fraternity & Sorority Life Leaders in Letters Event | Tuesday February 23, 2021 | 7:00pm-8:15 pm (EST) | Click here for Zoom | Presented by: Melanie Bullock Harris | Event Description: As history has shown us, societal change has often begun on college campuses. The power of students has been one that has led to great revolutionary change. This session explores the following questions: What does it mean to be a leader in social justice as a student? How can students understand their desire for social change as a way not only to shift societal norms but the understanding of what it means to be a leader on campus? How has race played into who has become campus activists and the responses to their activism? Through interactive discussions and activities, participants will identify resources to mobilize others and create an agenda for transformational campus and social change. | Centering: student leaders; aspiring leaders; all are welcome

 

Ask A Bishop: The Future of OWU- A Look at First Generation College Students and What it Means to be the First in your Family to Earn a College Degree | Alumni Relations & Engagement | Thursday, February 25, 2021 |7:30pm-8:30pm (EST) | Register Now |  Moderated by Jason Timpson, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs |Panelists: Craig Luke '85, first generation student, OWU Trustee; Mallorie Watts '22, First-Gen Student, Community Service Learning Office Intern, Social Justice Student Assistant; Dylan Hays '20, first generation student, Alumni Board Graduating Class Rep

 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | Fraternity & Sorority Life Trilogy Event | Saturday, February 27, 2021 | 1:00pm-2:30pm (EST) | Zoom link will be sent ahead of the event | Presented By: Jason Timpson


March

Being White in the Anti-Racism Movement | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 12noon-1pm (EST) | Click here for Zoom | Facilitated by: Jason Timpson | Event Description: Terms like white fragility, white guilt, white privilege, and white ally have been inundating the media as the unrest in response to the death of George Floyd persists. What does it mean to be white in today’s society? How has this impacted your life, your self-perception and your involvement with conversations around race? This is not a presentation, rather an open conversation. Participants should be plan to be engaged in conversation. | Centering: White people; All are welcome

 

Navigating Life at a PWI as Latino/a/x | Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 7:00PM-8:30PM (EST) | Click here for Zoom |Presented by: Cristian Biviano & Jennifer Villanueva | Event Description: What does it mean to be “Latina/o/x”? This session explores how race/ethnicity, and gender, influence Latino experiences in higher education. The presenter(s) will share their experiences of how they navigated a PWI while being Latina/o/x. Attendees will reflect on their identity development, engage in dialogue within small and large groups, and identify strategies to assist Latina/o/x college students in developing healthy identities. In addition, allies and accomplices across identities will gain insight into how they can use their privilege, access, and power to level the field for all of us. | Centering: Latino/a/x people; all are welcome;

 

Inclusive Leadership | OWU Summit Kickoff | Saturday, March 6, 2021 | 10:00am-11:00am (EST) | Zoom link will be sent ahead of the event | Presented By: Jason Timpson | Centering OWU Student Organization; Closed event

 

Women, Leadership, And Power | Lunch & Learn | Monday, March 8, 2021 | 12noon-1:00pm (EST) | Click here for Zoom | Facilitated by: Jason Timpson |   Event Description: Women are increasingly sought out and encouraged to assume leadership positions in many walks of life, from business to community organizations to politics. While some call for further changes towards greater equality, others raise cautions about erasing any gender distinctions in an attempt to “make everything the same.” Are there ways the further expansion of women’s rights can complement traditional structures in society or are they destined to be at war? This broad topic on women and leadership can lead to many other conversations. This is not a presentation, rather an open conversation. Participants should be plan to be engaged in conversation. | Centering: Women; All are welcome

 

Catalysts, Femme Fatales, and Heroes, or a History of Women Superhero Films |International Women’s Day | Monday, March 8, 2021 | 7:00pm-8:30pm (EST) | Click here for Zoom | Presented by: Dr. Amanda Jo Hobson | Event Description: Our obsession beings that have extraordinary or preternatural powers has existed as long as humans have told stories. We may call them gods and goddesses or perhaps our more modern terms superheroes, inhumans, or metahumans. As with much of our popular culture, women’s roles in the superhero genre have been mired in tropes of erasure and stereotypes of instability and hypersexuality from women’s pain or death as motivation for the male lead’s narrative arc to sex-bomb femme fatales with the occasional exceptions of a differently powered woman in the lead role or as a member of a heroic team. In the last several decades, the diversity of superhero creators has grown rapidly, leading to greater representation of women in the genre and ultimately influencing our cultural conversations about gender equity and justice. The movements from ink to the screen and back again impact the representation of women in the genre. These characters and their experiences highlight the sexism and gendered violence facing women across history and into the contemporary period, while also demonstrating the importance of the diversification behind the comic books and films. | Centering: Women; All are welcome

 

Part 1: Dismantling White Supremacy: In Ourselves, In Our Families, In Our Communities | Fraternity & Sorority Life Leaders in Letters Event Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 7:00pm-9:00pm (EST) | Presented by: Shari Williamson | Click here for Zoom | Event Description: The United States of America is built on white supremacy. This system was developed to benefit a few while exploiting many. Over time, this system has evolved but remains true to its roots. This course will define white supremacy, explore its roots, encourage self-reflection, and demand action. Challenges: The system of white supremacy runs deep and it will be impossible for any one person to dismantle. However, as a group, we will learn more so that we are equipped with the resiliency to confront it when we see it and the tools to dismantle it in our lives and in the culture. | Centering: Panhellenic Members; white women

 

Whole Lives Matter: Living in the intersections of Race, Christianity, and Sexualities |Click here for Zoom   |  Presented by: Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington | 7:00pm – 8:00pm Presentation; 8pm – Closed conversation space for queer and trans people of color | Event Description: Chamamanda Ngozi Adichie does a TEd talk entitled, The danger of single story.  For many years folks were expected to bring only the story of race, or Christianity or sexualities to the table.  In the last 5-10 years there's been more talk of intersectionality and intersecting identities. Whole lives matter.  Rev. Dr. Washington will lead us in a talk about creating spaces where people can bring their full selves. |Joint event with the Office of University Chaplin and OMSA | Centering: queer and trans people of color; All are welcome

 

Supporting First Generation College Students | Lunch & Learn | Friday, March 19, 2021 | 12noon-1pm (EST) | Click here for Zoom | Presented by: Camille Clark | Event Description: There are many great “firsts” that a lifetime can offer. Being first in the family to attend college is an amazing accomplishment that is often met with many hurdles that institutionally and systemically can create barriers to student success. This presentation will demonstrate active methods to create a more inclusive environment and journey for those who are among the first in their families to attend college. | Centering: All are welcome; Centering support for 1st Gen Students

 

Caroline Herschel: Tough Little German Sister |Presented by: Dr. Barbara Ryden | March 19, 2021 | 8:00pm | Click here for Zoom   | Hosted by Perkins Observatory

 

Part 2: Dismantling White Supremacy: In Ourselves, In Our Families, In Our Communities | Fraternity & Sorority Life Leaders in Letters Event Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 7:00pm-9:00pm (EST) | Click here for Zoom | Presented by: Shari Williamson & Stephanie Zee | Event Description: The United States of America is built on white supremacy. This system was developed to benefit a few while exploiting many. Over time, this system has evolved but remains true to its roots. This course will define white supremacy, explore its roots, encourage self-reflection, and demand action. Challenges: The system of white supremacy runs deep and it will be impossible for any one person to dismantle. However, as a group, we will learn more so that we are equipped with the resiliency to confront it when we see it and the tools to dismantle it in our lives and in the culture. | Centering: Panhellenic Members; white women

 

Mr. Incredible, the Mandalorian, and Explorations of Media | Fraternity & Sorority Life Leaders in Letters Event Monday, March 29, 20217:00pm-8:15pm (EST) | Click here for Zoom | Presented by: Dr. Amanda Jo Hobson | Event Description: Event Description: From the sleep-deprived Mr. Incredible becoming the primary caregiver to super-children and supporting his wife’s career to masked bounty hunter learning to focus on empathy and building a found family with a Force-powered infant in a floating basinet and on to Sea Shanty signing TikTokers building harmonies with strangers, contemporary popular culture models demonstrate the expansion of possible masculinities, while creating compelling stories that begin to dismantle stereotypes. By establishing representations of men that center relationality, these mediated masculinities can offer critiques of the dominant, limiting, and toxic pattern of masculinity. This conversation will explore the constructions of masculinities and the impact of those images on individual gendered experiences, offering participants the opportunity to evaluate masculine gendered norms. |Centering: OWU Fraternity Members; All are welcome


April

At the intersection of Queer, and Latinx/a/o Identities | Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 7pm-8:15pm | Click here for Zoom | Presented by: Sergio Gonzalez, PhD Candidate| Event Description: My experiences as a first-generation, queer, Latinx of Mexican parents raised in a mixed-status home have influenced how I understand, conceptualize, and theorize Jotería (queerness) in education. Jotería, is a derogatory term traditionally aimed at queer Latinx individuals. While the most accurate translation of Jotería is queerness, to translate the collective work as one that is encompassed by queerness denotes the radical history of our existence. Through a co-created plática (conversation), this presentation will allow us to critically reflect, be vulnerable and begin to heal from our trauma as we share our experiences navigating PWIs. | Centering: Latino/a/x people; all are welcome;

Grown-ish: Getting real about our current Gen Z student  | Lunch & Learn | Friday, April 7, 2021 | 12noon-1:00pm (EST) | Click here for Zoom | Presented by: Jason Timpson | Event Description: This presentation will explore the needs wants and desires of our college students. These students are called Generation Z, colloquially known as Zoomers, because of their lifelong connection with technology. Gen Z is the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials and preceding Generation Alph. Often, higher education professionals struggle to make connections, effectively communicate with, and understand the lived experiences of our current college student. This presentation will draw attention to the challenges current higher ed professionals have making connections and highlight some solutions. Additionally, the presentation will explore general traits, how Gen Z’ers use technology, and how their worldview impacts their lives on campus. | Centering: Higher Edu professionals

Navigating Politics for Social Justice | Lunch & Learn | Wednesday, April 16, 2021 | 12noon-1:00pm (EST) | Click here for Zoom | Presented by: Dr. Cathy Roberts-Cooper | Event Description: Navigating Politics for Social Justice: In this session, we define forms of power and politics in group settings and explore how these concepts can hinder or aid individuals working toward social justice on campus or other group settings.  Content includes decision-making and communication strategies that people commonly use to hinder or support social justice. |Centering: Folks into connection between social justice and politics; all are welcome

 

 

May

Model Minority Impact on Anti-­Blackness Through Social Media | Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 7:00pm-8:15pm (EST) | Click here for Zoom | Presented by: Stephanie Zee | Event Description: This session examines how social media has impacted Asian/Asian-American views on anti-Blackness. White supremacy has served as a structure that has created both the model minority myth and anti-Blackness. The existence of the model minority myth, created as a survival/coping mechanism, has created a sense of anti-Blackness within Asian/Asian-American groups. The existence of anti-Blackness within Asian/Asian-American groups has been more recently represented on social media platforms in both positive and negative instances. There have recently been social media activists who have created movements to address anti-Blackness within Asian/Asian-American groups.  This session will explore the history of anti-Blackness in Asian/Asian-American communities, how the model minority myth was a survival/coping mechanism, the impact social media has had on this topic, and how we can disrupt anti-Blackness within Asian/Asian-American communities. | Centering: people from the Asian diaspora; All are welcome

 

Kushinda Graduation Celebration | Date: TBA | Time: TBA (EST) | Click here for Zoom |

 

Lavender Graduation Celebration | Date: TBA | Time: TBA (EST) | Click here for Zoom |

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