The Ohio State University at Newark

Intercultural Relations

9th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference

Building a Culture of Respect: Challenging our Unconscious & Repressive Behaviors

The goal of the conference is to establish a starting point for the meaning of respect, and attendees will be given a general overview of respectful terms which are inclusive but not limited to consideration, admiration, reverence and esteem. Our inability to recognize and embrace the merits of diversity has not only produced oppressive societies and divided nations but also diminished the possibilities of finding common interest in creating a culture of respect. We must challenge our conscious and unconscious behaviors, biases and attitudes to help bring about a better understanding of ourselves and others.

Following the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on their own opinions, mindsets and actions in order to determine the level of respect they hold for themselves and those who have a different lived experience. Our ability to move forward will require creative collaboration among our community members and leaders, businesses and government. In the words of Tim Wise, “Standing still is never an option so long as inequities remain embedded in the very fabric of the culture.”

When: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Where: The John Gilbert Reese Center, John & Mary Alford Performing Arts Hall, 1209 University Drive, Newark, Ohio

Cost: Keynote and Featured Speakers (9 - 11:30 a.m. FREE), Panel Discussion with Speakers (11:30 a.m. - 2p.m. $30 - includes lunch)

Check-in: 8:15 a.m.

Program: 9:00 a.m. - 2p.m.

Keynote speaker: Tim Wise

Tim Wise is among the nation’s most prominent anti racist essayists and educators. Wise has authored seven books, including the memoir White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, written many essays and appeared in several documentaries and media interviews. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond in New Orleans.

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Registration Deadline: April 12, 2018

For more information: Contact Vorley Taylor at 740.366.9443 or email her at

Sponsored by The Ohio State University at Newark, Central Ohio Technical College and Community Intercultural Relations Committee

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.

Past Conferences

Information Contact:

Vorley Taylor, Program Manager | Email | 740-366-9443

Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award

Award Criteria Paper Nomination Form
Online Nominaton Form

Ohio Diversity Officers Collaboration (ODOC)

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.

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.