The Ohio State University at Newark


Intercultural Relations


The 11 Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference has been cancelled.

Continuing to Create a Community of Belonging
Friday, April 3, 2020
John Gilbert Reese Center
Melissa Warner Bow Grand Hall
1209 University Drive, Newark, Ohio
8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Keynote: Daniel Juday
Daniel loves traveling, meeting new people, and working to build bridges of understanding and empathy across challenging "divides." He deeply believes that all people matter, and he's spent much of his life working in roles that have allowed him to develop thinking around the nature of education and learning, relationship-building, and professional growth. As the former Director for the Ohio and Indiana Diversity Councils, Daniel took a fledgling organization and grew its corporate membership ranks by almost 2,000% in 2 years. He now owns and runs his own speaking and consulting business. Daniel works with conference planners, learning and development leaders, nonprofit boards, and corporate entities - all in a pursuit to make the spaces they influence more inclusive. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a Master’s of Education. Daniel will facilitate multiple sessions including Redefining Diversity and Exercising Inclusion and The Power of Authentic Connections and Relationships.

Diversity Talks: These sessions will allow local individuals with diverse backgrounds the opportunity to provide an overview of their experiences while demonstrating the importance of community acceptance and belonging.

Conference attendees may earn workplace certification credits as listed below:
Counselor and Social work CEUs provided by Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio, Inc. #RCS108738 HRCI: 511865 and SHRM: 20-Q5VXF (5.75 recertification hours each)

Conference Cost: $30
Register by March 23 at go.osu.edu/interculturalrelations

Community Intercultural Relations Conference 2020 Sponsors


See Past Conferences for photos


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.