The Student Life Multicultural Center offers a variety of workshops to assist students in developing skills, awareness and knowledge on critical issues. The Buck-Identity Workshops hosted by the Social Justice Engagement team aim to increase multicultural competency and intercultural skills for members of The Ohio State University community. These workshops examine how issues surrounding identity, stereotypes and bias affect our community while providing Buckeyes with skills for relationship building and advocacy. This page will provide you an overview of each workshop we offer.
Workshop requests must be submitted no less than three weeks prior to the date you are requesting. This allows our staff time to secure a facilitator for your group. All workshops last approximately one hour in length, unless otherwise noted. All workshops count for DICE credit. Visit this site to learn about the DICE Certificate Program. More information for groups interested in hosting a workshop can be found on our request form here:
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT OUR SOE WORKSHOPS ARE ALL FULL! WE NO LONGER HAVE DATES AVAILABLE. You may utilize our general workshop request form found here: go.osu.edu/MCCWorkshopRequest. Your request on that form should not include a time that falls between 7 and 9pm on Monday. Please also note that you will be responsible for finding a space on campus to hold the workshop.
Buck-Identity Workshop Topics
Below are descriptions of the pre-made workshops we offer. Two presentations may be combined if needed. If a topic you are interested in is not listed, please see our 'Custom Workshop' offering on the request form and inform us of your needs.
- Multicultural Center 101: This workshop lasts approximately 30-45 minutes and contains an overview of the Student Life Multicultural Center’s services and programs. This is an appropriate presentation for new students, staff and faculty or for groups who would like to learn more about the SLMCC and ways to be involved.
- Who Am I? Who Are You? Who Are We?: This interactive workshop covers social identities, privilege and an activity to help participants reflect on their experiences with various identities. This presentation is great for student organizations, classrooms and any group looking to learn more about themselves and each other.
- Why Don't You Understand Me?!: This workshop centers on communication across difference. Specifically, participants will discuss the differences between debate, discussion and dialogue and learn tools to more actively participate in dialogue. This presentation would be great for groups hoping to establish communication norms.
- Microaggressions 101: What is a microaggression? Who experiences microaggressions? What are examples of microaggressions? This workshop covers the answers to these questions and explores the unintentional things we might say or do that could create an exclusive and hurtful environment. The material from this presentation is drawn from Dr. Maura Cullen’s book “35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say” and Dr. Derald Wing Sue’s book “Microaggressions and Marginality.” This presentation is more lecture-based than others and would be great for a group looking to learn more about creating inclusive environments.
- Media Matters: This highly interactive workshop examines media representation, socialization and stereotypes. Through examples like #OscarsSoWhite and other popular TV shows and movies, participants will unpack how media impacts our bias and stereotypes.
- Speak Up: This workshop is more lecture-based than others, but contains several large-group discussions as well. This presentation is great for groups who are looking for strategies to “speak up” against bias and will give participants quick easy tips for holding others accountable for their words and actions. The material from this presentation is drawn from the publication "Speak Up at School: How to Respond to Everyday Prejudice, Bias and Stereotypes" by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
- Fostering Inclusive Organizations and Spaces: This workshop is designed for student organizations in particular, but other groups may request it as well. The presentation, through videos, activities and group discussions, will explore the ways in which organizations and members can work to be more inclusive. It will cover social identity, safe space vs. brave space and tips for becoming a more inclusive organization.
- Identity-Based Workshops: Our Intercultural Specialist team is happy to provide workshops and trainings that center on one identity group. Please see the workshop request form for some of these offerings.
- Custom: We are happy to tailor the content of our workshops just for you! If you would like to combine two workshops or have a new topic in mind that you don’t see her, please let us know.
For more information about workshops contact Bowen Marshall (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 614.688.8449.
Be sure to check out our Community Kit Project where you will find fun, flexible and adaptable tool, to help people facilitate within their own communities at a deeper awareness of diversity and social justice issues to foster more inclusive communities.