The Ohio State University at Newark


Past Conferences

April 2016

7th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference

When Inclusive is More Than a Word

Program Description: The 2016 Community Intercultural Relations Conference was held in the John Gilbert Reese Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It focused on the policies and procedures of organizations for inclusivity content that embraces diversity and diverse groups. The conference highlighted the imperativeness of clearly defined goals and expectations for all employees, customers and community members for organizations that continually seek a more diverse workforce. It noted that organizations must mandate review and assessment of policies and procedures to continuously set the tone for respecting and embracing the values, traditions and heritages of all groups of people.


April 2015

6th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference
Change Agents for a More Inclusive Environment

Program description: Local business leaders, social services, residents and college students, staff and faculty engaged in interactive activities, including a world café to become effective agents for change. During the conference, attendees gained a better understanding of how implicit bias can influence the many ways we engage with each other. Social media and videos to demonstrate the way decisions can be made based on these biases. By the end of the conference, attendees shared ideas, gained knowledge and developed awareness strategies to reduce and eliminate implicit bias for a more inclusive environment for all to live and work.


April 2014

5th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference
OPEN Doors & Minds GLBTQ Community Dialogues

Program description: Business leaders, community partners, and educators gained valuable insights to improve learning and understanding when interacting with the GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, and questioning) community. Presentations will be made by students, community members and experienced diversity and inclusion practitioners with differing backgrounds, patterns of thought, and ideologies to help start or enhance the programs within organizations.


April 2013

4th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference
Valuing Diversity & Inclusion in Our Community

Program description: Business leaders, community directors and educators learned about successful diversity and inclusion training and best practice programs that have been implemented in several local companies to improve the work environment for employees and customers with regards to social and cultural respectfulness.


May 2012

3rd Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference
Respecting Cultural Differences in Local Communities

Program description: Business leaders and owners and educators learned about the various ways of respecting and understanding different cultures that co-exist in local communities.


May 2011

2nd Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference
Embracing Global Perspectives in Licking County

Program description: Business leaders and owners learned about global values, behaviors and best practices - all within our ever-changing global community and beyond.



CIRC 2016

CIRC 2015