The Ohio State University at Newark

Intercultural Relations

April 8, 2022 - Virtual
8:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Conference fee: $30

Creating Inclusive Spaces

Guest speakers: Leo Taylor, Simone Crawley and Sarah Buffie

There’s no question that when we find a space that is accessible, welcoming and inclusive, we feel free to live our best lives and do our best work. But sometimes it’s hard to know how to get there — or how to create those spaces for others whose experiences are different from our own. At this conference, we will explore ways to identify the barriers and biases that hinder those creative spaces. Attendees will be empowered with tools and recommendations to make their organizations’ practices more equitable while providing ongoing support for all.

Leo Taylor, PhD, Program manager for faculty and staff affairs for The Ohio State University; College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Taylor is passionate about equity and inclusion,
particularly implicit bias, power and privilege, gender identity and sexuality, mental health, and neurodiversity.
Title: The Role of Pronouns in Cultivating Inclusive Spaces for People of All Genders

Simone Crawley, Founder and chief executive officer of Crawley Cultural. Crawley guides both businesses and individuals as they address their implicit bias and implement diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism. She is also a certified instructor of the Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid curricula.
Title: Elephants in the Room: Addressing Bias and Microaggressions to Achieve Inclusion

Sarah Buffie, MSW, LSW, Founding director of Soul Bird Consulting. Buffie believes that nothing has the power to heal like supportive relationships. Specializing in trauma responsive care, she helps disrupt current models of thinking by building empathy and understanding around the effects of trauma.
Title: Relational Resilience — Centering Safety between You and Me

Please register by March 28. Visit
For more information contact Vorley Taylor.



Owens Corning
Licking Memorial Health Systems


Park National Bank
Licking County Job & Family Services


Denison University
United Way of Licking County

View past conference programming.

About the Community Intercultural Relations Conference and Committee

General Conference Description:

To complete the mission of raising awareness of social and cultural similarities and to build an inclusive community. The Community Intercultural Relations Committee (CIRC) hosts an annual conference addressing a current topic of concern. It provides guest speakers who have experience, knowledge and skills in social, cultural and diverse subject matter. The conference sessions include presentations, lectures, workshops and panels to inform attendees. Sessions are structured for discussion, personal story sharing and research data relevant to topic themes to enlighten conference attendees about mores, norms and challenges of community members and residents of diverse backgrounds.

Venue & Structure:

The annual conference is held on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College, 1179 University Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055. The CIRC meets regularly to plan annual events.

Committee Members:

The committee consists of business leaders, educators, students and local residents of Licking County. It has a minimum of seven community members (at least 1 staff/faculty member and 1 student member from Ohio State Newark and COTC). While serving on the committee, Ohio State Newark and COTC members give insight as to how college students are being treated as they engage in local activities.

Information Contact:

Vorley Taylor, Program Manager | Email | 740.366.9443

Award Criteria

Online Nomination Form

2021 Recipient

Diane Kanney, Director of Enrollment at Ohio State Newark

2020 Recipients

Carmen Lewandowski, Newark High School student and vice president of the Licking County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Community Alliance for Racial Justice (CARJ)

Licking Memorial Health Systems Project SEARCH

Ohio Diversity Officers Collaboration (ODOC)

The Ohio Diversity Officers Collaboration (ODOC) recently held its 6th Annual Diversity Conference at its host institution, the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). The conference, entitled “New Diversity Challenges and Solutions”, provided current and future diversity professionals at institutions of higher education with cutting-edge speakers and best practices presentations.

Keynote speaker was David Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on educational excellence for African Americans. Featured speakers at the conference were Martin H. Belsky, J.D. – Randolph Baxter Professor of Law and Co-Chair of Akron University’s Diversity Council, Yulanda McCarty-Harris, J.D., Director of the Office of Institutional Equity, Senior Certified Affirmative Action Professional, Cleveland State University and Joshua D. Nolan, J.D., Associate at Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC.

Attendees check in at the conference.
Dr. Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., President of COTC and Dr. William MacDonald, (r) Dean/Director of Ohio State Newark speak with Martin Belsky, J.D., and Lee Gill, J.D., ODOC President.
Conference attendees
Lee Gill, J.D., welcomes attendees to the conference.
David Johns, Keynote speaker and Executive Director, White House Initiative on educational excellence for African Americans addresses the conference.