The Ohio State University at Newark

14th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference

Stronger Organizations, Stronger Communities: Engaging People with Diverse Backgrounds

April 14, 2023 | REGISTER

Our community and the organizations within it are growing more diverse and will continue to do so with the expanding industries and opportunities in Central Ohio. The need to focus on building stronger organizations and communities that can provide a foundation for this growth and diversity is more pressing than ever before for people who reside and work in Licking County.

The 14th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference, with the theme Stronger Organizations, Stronger Communities: Engaging People with Diverse Backgrounds, will explore how individuals and organizations can forge intentional and deep connections with people of all backgrounds.

We invite you to join us for a day that will feature presentations from expert speakers and engaging group conversations with your choice of virtual or in-person attendance. In this conference, attendees will gain insights including how to build common ground with people with diverse backgrounds, how to help people feel truly included and valued within their organizations and communities, and much more.

The Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award will be awarded at this event. Make sure to nominate your favorite individual, organization, and business from Licking County that has made an impactful diversity and inclusion contribution to the community.

Click here to register. Registration deadline is March 20, 2023.

Conference Details

Date and Time
Conference takes place on April 14, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 8:15 a.m.

Melissa Warner Bow Grand Ballroom
John Gilbert Reese Center
1209 University Drive
Newark, Ohio 43055

The entry fee for the conference is $30 per person.


James Knight portrait.James Knight, PhD, is an educator, coach/ mentor, consultant, author, itinerant speaker/teacher, and equity and inclusion strategist. As an equity and inclusion strategist, James works with leaders, schools, organizations, and individuals in the corporate, nonprofit, governmental, and academic sector to develop frameworks rooted in humility. The primary goal of this work is to assist others in building safe environments where everyone can thrive and bring their best selves.

As an author, James has written three books, including his latest release, Heart: A Journey Toward Cultural Humility. This book is a manual and guide for any leader, student, or person looking to develop greater awareness and increase their emotional and cultural intelligence.

2023 Sponsors

About the Community Intercultural Relations Conference and Committee

Community Intercultural Relations logo.

To complete the mission of raising awareness of social and cultural similarities and building an inclusive community, the Community Intercultural Relations Committee (CIRC) hosts an annual conference on the cost-shared campus of Ohio State Newark and COTC addressing topics around a current theme. The committee brings speakers to Licking County from Ohio and beyond with experience, knowledge, and skills in social, cultural and diverse subjects. The conference sessions include presentations, lectures, workshops and panels. Structured for discussion and personal story sharing and backed by research data, these sessions are designed to educate and enlighten conference attendees about mores, norms and challenges of community members and residents of diverse backgrounds in an engaging way.

Committee Membership

The committee consists of business leaders, educators, students and residents of Licking County. A minimum of seven community members, including at least one staff/faculty member and one student from Ohio State Newark and COTC. While serving on the committee, Ohio State Newark and COTC members give insight into the treatment of college students as they engage with the local community.

If you would like more information about CIRC, please contact Program Manager Vorley Taylor at or 740.366.9443.