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DESIRE (Diversity Education Scholars Involved In Reaching & Educating)

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Diversity Education Scholars: Involved in Reaching and Educating (DESIRE) is a peer education program specifically designed for students to explore all aspects of diversity. scholars are selected through an application process and are trained on a variety of diversity issues and subjects. The scholars work together, and independently, in conjunction with the Office of Diversity to promote an inclusive environment in which all members of the Otterbein College community are comfortable exploring deeper issues and concerns related to diversity and multiculturalism. 

DESIRE scholars attend diversity seminars in which they are presented with theoretical and practical information about diversity issues such as racial identity and religious diversity. Included as part of this program are written reflections and discussions designed to help the student make sense of the information and ideas that are introduced. In the spring quarter the DESIRE scholars then plan and implement the DESIRE Diversity Conference. This conference is open to the entire Otterbein community.

DESIRE scholars should be undergraduate students who are eager to learn about themselves and others. Scholars should have basic understandings of the diversity that defines our campus, communities, and world. However, the most important characteristic a student should possess is the willingness to challenge herself/himself to think critically about diversity related challenges and opportunities.

Previous DESIRE topics include: 

  • Obesity: Weight Discourse and Human Rights
  • Self Identity Awareness
  • White Privilege
  • Diversity in Art
  • Poverty, Wealth and Faith Panel
  • Mental Health, Incarceration and Addiction
  • Visual Impairment
  • Religious Diversity
  • GLBTQ Issues
  • Modern Interreligious Families

Under the Lights: Diversity in Sports Series

1/28/15: Leadership & Sports (Diversity of Ideas) - featuring professional storyteller Ivory D. Williams - 6-7:30pm in the Campus Center Lounge
There are several leaders that are a vital part of making a team. But what really makes a leader special are the diverse ideas they bring to the table. Through this interactive workshop, participants will delve into the cause and effects of different ideas that help make leaders great.
Lunch & Film Conversation: House of Steinbrenner/The Birth of Big Air- Details TBD
2/11/15: Team Colors (Race and Diversity) - 7-8pm in Roush 429 (Films: Fab 5 and Straight Outta LA)
One of the most enriching parts of sports is cultural diversity. Individuals from different cultures have helped bring diverse playing styles, fashion trends, methods of communication and cultural competency to the game they love. We will explore some key examples of these contributions and how they changed the climate of their respective sports. 
2/16/15: Raceball: featuring University of Pittsburgh professor Rob Ruck - 6-8pm in Roush 204 
After peaking at 27 percent of all major leaguers in 1975, African Americans now make up less than one-tenth--a decline unimaginable in other men's pro sports. The number of Latin Americans, by contrast, has exploded to over one-quarter of all major leaguers and roughly half of those playing in the minors. Award-winning historian Rob Ruck not only explains the catalyst for this sea change; he also breaks down the consequences that cut across society. Integration cost black and Caribbean societies control over their own sporting lives, changing the meaning of the sport, but not always for the better. While it channeled black and Latino athletes into major league baseball, integration did little for the communities they left behind.
By looking at this history from the vantage point of black America and the Caribbean, a more complex story comes into focus, one largely missing from traditional narratives of baseball's history. Raceball unveils a fresh and stunning truth: baseball has never been stronger as a business, never weaker as a game.
2/24/15: Differences in Community - 7-9pm in Roush 204 (Film: Youngstown Boys) *Event Details Subject to Change
An individual's environment has an impact on how they view the world and the decisions that correlate with that particular view. Two people can be from the same city at the same time and still see life completely different. Using the film Youngstown Boys, we will explore the class and power dynamics in college sports through the parallel, interconnected journeys of one-time dynamic running back Maurice Clarett and former elite head coach Jim Tressel. Clarett and Tressel emerged from opposite sides of the tracks in Youngstown, Ohio, and then joined for a magical season at Ohio State University in 2002 that produced the first national football championship for the school in over 30 years.
Lunch & Film Conversation: Benji/The Best that Never Was- Details TBD

3/12/15: Diversity in Identity - 6-7:30pm in Roush 429 (Film: Renee)
One of the aspects of diversity is identity. Who are you? How do you identify? As an example, we will look at excerpts from the film Renee. Renee tells the story of Renee Richards' battle to enter the 1977 U.S. Open as the first transgender tennis player. Simultaneously, it follows her today as she struggles to cope with a life of contradictions and personal conflict. Through interviews with tennis legends, family, friends and experts from the transgender field, a story of perseverance, breakthrough and hardship unfolds.
3/16/15: Women in Sports (Gender Differences): featuring Otterbein Athletic Director Dawn Stewart - 7-8:30pm in the Chapel
The journey for women's role in sports has been challenging. From pay differences to popularity, women have constantly had to strive for equality and equity. Throughout the last few decades we have seen an increase of women's representation in sports as players and administration. Guest speaker Dawn Stewart will share the successes and challenges of her journey as a woman in a mostly male dominated field.
Lunch & Film Conversation: Venus VS/Branded- Details TBD
3/21/15: Trip to Football Hall of Fame
Note: Films will be shown in excerpts and not in its entirety

/ 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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