The Ohio State University at Newark

Intercultural Relations

10th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference
A Cultural Divide: Social and Economic Challenges

When: Friday, April 5, 2019
Where: John & Mary Alford Performing Arts Hall located in The John Gilbert Reese Center, 1209 University Dr., Newark, OH 43055

Cost: Introduction by John Fisher, director of Licking County Job and Family Services and featured speaker Phil DeVol (9 - 10:15 a.m. FREE)
Panel Discussion with experts and featured speakers Ty Howard and Fadhel Kaboub (10:20 a.m. - 3 p.m. $30 - includes lunch)

Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Current reports show that the U.S. is economically thriving, but our lower middle class and impoverished communities continue to struggle during these times of stability. This conference aims to bring our community together to develop a better understanding of these complex issues between abundance and survival. Throughout the day, speakers will present on topics pertaining to current economic challenges, share personal experiences and educate participants through engaging activities. The conference’s goal is to provide critical awareness of the economic challenges of today. Participants will learn about the complexities that challenge not only our most vulnerable but also our neighbors and family members. Takeaways will include tools and resources to help provide effective support and guidance.

Featured Speakers

Phil DeVol, international consultant, Bridges Out of Poverty
“Poverty is Complex: It Demands a Comprehensive Approach”
The Bridges learning community shows us that change takes place in this order: changing mindsets about poverty and people in poverty, and then making changes at the individual, institutional and community level. Then it is time to make policy changes at the state level. There is an urgent need for Bridges communities made up of people from all classes, races, sectors and political persuasions working closely with their legislators to change policies.

Ty Howard, founder, chair and CEO of InspiraGen Institute
“Working with Employees and Families in Poverty”
Human resource professionals, business owners, executives, managers, employees and college students will be guided to create a mental model of poverty, review poverty research, examine a theory of change and analyze through the prism of the hidden rules of class, resources, family structure and language. This session puts into words what can be done practically and successfully through the ultimate understanding, improvement and empowerment of disadvantaged employees, families, students and communities.

Fadhel Kaboub, associate professor of economics, Denison University
“A Green New Deal for Newark and Licking County: Climate Action, Social Justice and Jobs”
Dr. Fadhel Kaboub will make the case for a Green New Deal discussing what it can deliver in a state like Ohio. He will discuss a federally funded Job Guarantee Program to tackle climate change, inequality and poverty.

If you are only interested in attending the 8:45am-10:15am session, it is FREE and open to all (registration not required). If you would like to attend the entire conference 8:45am-3:00pm, the cost is $30.00; which includes lunch. We will be accepting payment the day of the conference, cash, check and credit cards. If you need to submit a PO, we can provide you an invoice at a later date. Please contact Vorley Taylor, CIRC Chair at through April 3rd. Vorley Taylor will be unavailable on April 4th and at the conference on April 5th.

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

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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.