The Ohio State University at Newark

Past Conferences

April 2019

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

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 aimed to bring our community together to develop a better understanding of these complex issues between abundance and survival. Throughout the day, speakers presented on topics pertaining to current economic challenges, shared personal experiences and educated participants through engaging activities. The conference’s goal was to provide critical awareness of the economic challenges of today. Participants learned about the complexities that challenge not only our most vulnerable but also our neighbors and family members. Takeaway included tools and resources to help provide effective support and guidance.

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April 2018

9th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference
Building a Culture of Respect: Challenging our Unconscious & Repressive Behaviors

The goal of the conference was to establish a starting point for the meaning of respect, and attendees were 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 had 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 keynote speaker, Tim Wise, “Standing still is never an option so long as inequities remain embedded in the very fabric of the culture.”

April 2017

8th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference
Diversity: Changes & Growth Across Generations

The 2017 Community Intercultural Relations Conference was held in the John Gilbert Reese Center from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It focused on the understanding of cross generational relationships within our communities and workplace. Currently, there are four generations in the workplace at the same time. It is predicted that within four years, there will be five generations with even more diverse expectations, behaviors and attitudes involving commitment, benefits, and new technology expectations. In this conference, attendees learned to identify the generational differences through presentations, interactive activities and discussions in preparation for the diverse challenges of a multi-generational workplace. The goal of the conference was to create a more inclusive environment that is supportive of all community members.

April 2016

7th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference
When Inclusive is More Than a Word

The 2016 Community Intercultural Relations Conference was held in the John Gilbert Reese Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It focused on the policies and procedures of organizations for inclusivity content that embraces diversity and diverse groups. The conference highlighted the imperatives of clearly defined goals and expectations for all employees, customers and community members for organizations that continually seek a more diverse workforce. It noted that organizations must mandate review and assessment of policies and procedures to continuously set the tone for respecting and embracing the values, traditions and heritages of all groups of people.

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April 2015

6th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference
Change Agents for a More Inclusive Environment

Local business leaders, social services, residents and college students, staff and faculty engaged in interactive activities, including a world café to become effective agents for change. During the conference, attendees gained a better understanding of how implicit bias can influence the many ways we engage with each other. Social media and videos to demonstrate the way decisions can be made based on these biases. By the end of the conference, attendees shared ideas, gained knowledge and developed awareness strategies to reduce and eliminate implicit bias for a more inclusive environment for all to live and work.

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April 2014

5th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference
OPEN Doors & Minds GLBTQ Community Dialogues

Business leaders, community partners, and educators gained valuable insights to improve learning and understanding when interacting with the GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, and questioning) community. Presentations will be made by students, community members and experienced diversity and inclusion practitioners with differing backgrounds, patterns of thought, and ideologies to help start or enhance the programs within organizations.

April 2013

4th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference
Valuing Diversity & Inclusion in Our Community

Business leaders, community directors and educators learned about successful diversity and inclusion training and best practice programs that have been implemented in several local companies to improve the work environment for employees and customers with regards to social and cultural respectfulness.

May 2012

3rd Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference
Respecting Cultural Differences in Local Communities

Business leaders and owners and educators learned about the various ways of respecting and understanding different cultures that co-exist in local communities.

May 2011

2nd Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference
Embracing Global Perspectives in Licking County

Business leaders and owners learned about global values, behaviors and best practices - all within our ever-changing global community and beyond.