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The Office of Diversity sponsors many fun and educational events during the year. Join us and celebrate!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace & Justice Awards
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Peace and Justice was established to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This award is presented annually at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. Any member of the faculty/staff, student, or recognized organization at Otterbein University is eligible to receive the award and to nominate recipients. Recipients should meet the following criteria: The individuals or organization should be involved in activities on campus or in the community which serves to balance inequities; encourage like philosophies among others; raise awareness of social justice issues; promote equity and equality in the classroom and/or community; teach or demonstrate the principles of nonviolence in solving problems. To nominate a member of the Otterbein community, use this form. Nominations are due December 13, 2013.

International Night
Join the International Student Association and Office of Diversity at International Night on Friday, November 15, 2013 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in Courtright Memorial Library. This program formally known as the Global Dinner and Show is a opportunity to interact with our international students. Not only will we highlight the talents of students, but you will also have chance to interact and learn more about their cultures and the experiences that they bring to Otterbein University. This event will feature international snacks, desserts and beverages. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for faculty/staff and guests and can be purchased from Student Affairs.

Tunnel of Oppression - Thursday, November 7, 2013 (3:00 -8:00 pm) and Friday, November 8 (by appointment only)
Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression. it is designed to introduce participants to the concepts of oppression, privilege, and power. This year's theme is "Exposing the Unexposed" The Tunnel will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Tours begin at 3:00 pm, and leave approximately every 15 minutes from the Chapel. For more information, contact the Office of Diversity at diversity@otterbein.edu.

DESIRE Applications Due - November 8, 2013 - The Diversity Education Scholars: Involved in Reaching and Educating (DESIRE) is an education program specifically designed for students to explore multiple aspects of diversity. Scholars are selected through an application process and are trained on a variety of diversity issues and subjects. As DESIRE Scholars, students will spend a weekend (tentatively scheduled for Feb. 7-9, 2014) exploring and reflecting upon theoretical and practical issues related to diversity. The goal of this retreat is start to identify and develop skills, knowledge and the sense-of-self necessary to develop intercultural competency. During the spring semester, scholars will continue to develop these skills as they meet regularly to plan and implement the annual DESIRE Diversity Conference which is scheduled for April 5, 2014. Applications available by request from diversity@otterbein.edu and our due Friday, November 8, 2013.

November 13 @ 6:30pm- Native American Heritage Month Program: Apache 8 (Towers 112) - APACHE 8 tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, who have been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S., for over 30 years. The film delves into the challenging lives of these Native firefighters. Four extraordinary women from different generations of the Apache 8 crew share their personal narratives with humor and tenderness. They speak of hardship and loss, family and community, and pride in being a firefighter from Fort Apache (Source). This documentary will be followed by a discussion.

December 5 @ 12pm: Winter Celebrations - (Campus Center)
There are many unique traditions, celebrations, and holidays that occur during November, December and January. This educational fair is Otterbein’s own celebration of winter holidays from around the world! This fair will introduce you to different cultures, as well as providing insight on the origins of the traditions we are most familiar with!

/ Office of Diversity

The Office of Diversity is located in Student Affairs in Hanby Hall.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (academic year)

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (summer)

Dr. Lisa Patterson Phillips
p / 614.823.1250

James E. Prysock
p / 614.823.1312

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