Office of Student Life

Multicultural Center

Race, Ethnicity, Nationality

COVID-19 and the APIDA Community: Impacts, Historical Oppression, Allyship

This workshop discusses the impact COVID-19 is having on Asian/Asian American communities both here at Ohio State and nationwide. We'll begin by discussing the ways in which anti-Asian racism has manifested since the pandemic, and the impacts the rise in anti-Asian racism has had on Asian and APIDA communities. Our dialogue then shifts to highlighting the history Asian Americans have with this type of racial oppression. We'll then address how we can raise awareness of the ways others can strive for allyship with our APIDA students, colleagues, friends and loved ones. Together, we will formulate ways that we can each play a role in interrupting bias and creating safe and inclusive communities.For more information, contact Sophia Antoun.


Exploring the Complexities of the Term "Women of Color"

In this workshop, participants will learn about the origins, usage and current debates about the term “Women of Color”. For additional information, contact Madison Eagle.


Harmful Representations: The Use of Native American and Indigenous Peoples as Sports Mascots

This workshop explores the use of Native American and Indigenous Peoples as sports mascots and the racist and psychological damage that the use of these caricatures and images create among Native American and Indigenous communities. For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Beard-Jacob.


History and Holidays: Learning Fact from Fiction About Columbus Day and Thanksgiving

This provides historical context to the practices of celebrating Columbus Day and the Thanksgiving holiday as well as explore why these celebrations are harmful and disruptive to Native American and Indigenous Peoples culture and histories. For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Beard-Jacob.


Honoring Our Ancestors

This is a presentation about Día de Muertos (Day of the dead) a traditional Latin American holiday, where communities honor and celebrate the lives of family and friends who have gone before them. Each community have a unique Día de Muertos traditions. However, the common beliefs of the two-day celebration—traditionally held November 1 and 2, and coinciding with the Christian All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day—are that the dead return home, visit loved ones and feast on their favorite foods. At this workshop, you will learn about the indigenous traditions across the Americas and will work on a “calavera” (traditional poetry during Dia de Muertos). Connect with your inner writer and honor your family traditions and cultural practices. For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Beard-Jacob.


Netflix and Spill: The Coming-Out Narrative in Latinx Media

This presentation explores how, through the creation of a global experience that subverts social norms and attempts to challenge the Latinx familial cultural schema in the US and Mexico, series like One Day at a Time (2017) and The House of Roses (2018) have been critical in opening the door to queer and non-conforming audience to cognitively and emotionally connect with their characters, and what lessons from these characters can be taken to the real-world. For more information, contact Indra Leyva.


Racial Justice and the LGBTQ Community

This 1 hour and 30 minute workshop will discuss enacting racial justice within the LGBTQ community. Topics to be covered include understanding intersectionality and anti-racism in practice, the experiences of queer and trans people of color within the LGBTQ community, and more. This training is not an introduction to LGBTQ topics, please attend our Safe Zone or Trans 101 trainings before attending this workshop. All workshops will be offered virtually for fall 2020. To request this presentation, please visit the Workshop Request Page or email Indra Leyva.


The Second Pandemic: Understanding and Challenging the Rise in Anti-Asian Racism in the Wake of COVID-19

Join the Office of Student Life Multicultural Center, The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences for a webinar that addresses the ways different types of bias against the Asian and Asian American communities are reiterating themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll begin by discussing the types of bias most commonly seen and how these biases have influenced the impacts of COVID-19 on Asian/Asian American communities both here at Ohio State and nationwide. Shifting the conversation to concrete examples, we’ll raise awareness about the ways anti-Asian racism has manifested since the pandemic, and the history Asian Americans have with this type of racial oppression.

We’ll conclude with bias intervention strategies for folks to use to advocate for themselves if they identify as Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander or Desi American (APIDA) and for others to strive for allyship with the APIDA community. For more information, contact Sophia Antoun.


Understanding Latinx Communities

In this workshop, attendees learn about the history of the latinx communities in the U.S. Will learn about their involvement in social change movements, as well as struggles, contributions to the U.S. culture. For more information, contact Indra Leyva.


Understanding Settler Colonialism and its Impact on Native American and Indigenous Communities

This workshop explores the process of settler colonialism and the destructive impact that it has upon Native American and Indigenous relationships to the land. For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Beard-Jacob.


We're Still Here: Getting to Know Present-Day Native American and Indigenous Peoples

This workshop is an introduction to Native American and Indigenous Peoples cultures, histories and contemporary issues. For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Beard-Jacob.


We’re Not Your Model: Dismantling the Asian “Model Minority” Myth

For decades, Asian and Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) folks have been told that our experiences as a community are not racialized, that our “success” as a community, either academically or professionally makes us a “model” minority, and disqualifies us from experiences with racism and oppression. Yet when we explore the numerous identities that exist within the APIDA community and the historical legacy of oppression APIDA folks contend with on a daily basis, we see that the label of “model minority” as nothing but a myth, and that this label serves a very different function, one that is far from complimentary.

Participants will participate in a discussion of the “Model Minority” myth’s historical roots in white supremacy and discover ways to dismantle the myth and its harmful impacts in our everyday lives. For more information, contact Sophia Antoun.