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Making the Invisible, Visible: Campus Conversations

The goal of this series is to raise awareness of invisible attitudes, beliefs and practices that are inconsistent with our institutional values, and ultimately ensure that we are actively creating an inclusive community.

Campus Conversations - 9/30/15 (12:15-1:25 PM), 10/20/15 (12-1:10 PM), 11/16/15 (12:15-1:25 PM): All conversations will take place in the Chapel
Campus Conversations are designed to help engage students, faculty and administration in current hot topic discussions. These conversations explore various areas of diversity such as race, religion, sexual orientation and privilege. The goal is to create healthy and authentic discussions between different areas of campus to spread awareness, intercultural competency and helping us all process some of the situations that may directly effect our community.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Justice Award

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 or an official Otterbein organization (department included). Complete this form 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Justice Award. Nominations are due December 5, 2015. Nominees will be contacted and encouraged to submit additional information. If you have questions please contact James Prysock.

Tunnel of Oppression

The 7th Annual Tunnel of Oppression: “Making the Invisible, Visible”. will be held on Thursday, November 19 from 4:00-8:00 PM and Friday, November 20 from 12:00-3:00 PM. 

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive program that highlights contemporary issues of oppression in its various forms. Participants are guided through a 30 minute tour to view a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of Oppression, Power and Privilege in our society. At the end of each tour, participants will discuss their experiences with each other and explore ways to act against oppression. Each tour is led by a trained facilitator to help participants reflect on their experiences, and put their new found knowledge to use in their everyday lives.

The Tunnel of Oppression is the second event in the Making the Invisible, Visible: Expectations of a Model Community Series.” If you would like to volunteer to serve as a tour guide or assist with check-in and managing the resource table, please contact James Prysock at JPrysock@otterbein.edu.

International Night

The International Student Association and Office of Diversity invite you to join us for  “International Night” This event is a re-imagined global dinner and show, taking the emphasis off of food, and creating an opportunity for more engagement with our International Students. The program will be held in Campus Center and feature desserts and snacks from around the world. The event will be held from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on Friday, November 13, 2015. .This event is free and open to all members of the Otterbein Community. Immediately following the formal program (which should start at approximately 8:00 PM) we will have a dance featuring world music!

Winter Holidays Celebration

The Office of Diversity and the Office of Spiritual Life will collaborate on a winter celebrations event focusing especially on the holidays Kwanzaa and Advent. There are so many facets of celebrations that make them meaningful and unique. Join us in this amazing interactive cultural experience. This event will take place Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM

/ 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
Assistant Director
p / 614.823.1312

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