Social Justice Workshops
The Student Life Multicultural Center offers educational programming to assist students in developing the necessary skills, awareness and knowledge to engage in diverse workplaces and to support equitable, positive social change. Hosted by our Social Justice Engagement (SJE) team, the Social Justice Workshop series examines how issues surrounding social identity, stereotypes and bias affect our community.
Because each individual and organization is at a different level of awareness and comfort regarding issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion, the Social Justice Workshop series are classified into three tiers or levels. Each tier builds upon materials covered in earlier tiers, so it is recommended that groups request workshops sequentially from Ally to Advocate to Agent. Workshops that are considered foundational to the next tier are indicated as such.
Regardless of which workshop you attend, participating Buckeyes will leave with a strong framework upon which they can build personal and community accountability, sustainable advocacy and strong relationships across difference.
Please see below for details about each tier of workshop as well as brief overviews of the workshops we offer.
To request a workshop visit go.osu.edu/MCCWorkshopRequest.
Before filling out the request form, please note:
- To allow us time to schedule a facilitator, all workshop requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance.
- Please allow one week to hear back from a staff member about your request.
- All workshops count for DICE credit (visit the DICE Certificate Program page to learn more).
Social Justice Workshops
Please find descriptions of each workshop in our series below. Please note that each workshop is about 1-hour in length. SJE is happy to combine two or more presentations for a longer workshop, if desired.
Don't see a topic that suits your needs? Please see our 'Custom Workshop' offering on the request form and let us know what you were hoping to see. SJE has many activities and shorter presentations in our toolbox to build out specialized programs.
Ally Level Workshops - Know Social Justice
Ally-level workshops are designed to introduce you to a new concept, familiarize the group with core social justice principles, or deep-dive into a specific topic. Ally-level workshops are perfect for groups that are wanting an introduction to social justice, a refresher course, or common language with which to talk about identity topics within the group. These workshops focus on self-reflection, education, and awareness of ourselves and others. The following workshops fall into the Ally-level:
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 MCC and ways to be involved.
Who Am I?
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. Who Am I? is a foundational workshop to the next tier.
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.
BuckAlly Dream Intro
This is a one-hour workshop that serves as an introduction to state and federal laws applicable to DACA, Undocumented, Dreamers and mixed status folx. It brings awareness of the challenges they face nationwide, state and locally and provides an opportunity for allies to reflect on their roles in the community.
Advocate Level Workshops - Be Socially Just
Advocate-level workshops move beyond knowing about social justice topics to equipping groups to advocate with/for marginalized communities. Advocate-level workshops are designed for groups that have some level of comfort with conversations around social justice and identity, as these workshops dive deeper into topics while giving attendees the tools necessary to engage in critical dialogue around issues of equity. Prior to requesting an advocate-level workshop, It is highly encouraged that all members have previously attended a Who Am I? Workshop or are experienced in core concepts of social justice. The following workshops fall into the Advocate-level:
P.O.P. Off: Power, Privilege and Oppression
When we’re aware of our own identities, what comes next? P.O.P. Off examines how systems of power, privilege and oppression shape our understanding of the world around us. This interactive workshop helps distinguish between prejudice, discrimination, and racism by providing historical context and creating next steps to help create a more equitable society. P.O.P Off is a foundational workshop to the next tier.
Intro to Intersectionality
The ability to find common ground and shared language when discussing topics of identity is critical to effective social change. Through this reflective workshop, participants will come to understand the unique intersections of their social identities and how these impact their self-perception and their interactions with the world around them. Intro to Intersectionality is a foundational workshop to the next tier.
Through a highly interactive experience, this workshop helps answer the question of “what exactly is privilege and why should we care?” In this workshop, participants will gain a greater understanding of privilege, how systemic oppression affects us all and a new way of perceiving the world around them. Privilege Puzzle is a foundational workshop to the next tier.
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 great for groups who are looking for strategies to “speak up” against bias and will give participants quick easy tips for holding each other accountable for our 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.
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 the dialogue. This presentation would be great for groups hoping to establish communication norms.
BuckAlly Dream Advocate
This interactive one-hour workshop expands the conversations on allyship for DACA, Undocumented, Dreamers and mixed status folx and introduces bystander techniques to support their communities. This main goal of this workshop is to engage advocates in creating coalitions across social and professional networks. Participants must have completed the BuckAlly Dream Intro workshop before attending this workshop.
Agent Level Workshops - Do Social Justice
Agent-level workshops are designed for those that are passionate about issues of social justice and have a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. These workshops are for groups that have (or want to!) incorporate principles of social justice into their daily life and practice. From being leaders in inclusive organizations to engaging in community organizing, agent-level workshops prepare Buckeyes to work in solidarity while creating sustainable change in themselves and the communities around them. The following workshops fall into the Agent-level:
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.
How to Facilitate Dialogue
It is not uncommon to feel uncomfortable in situations of controversy and disagreement. Through an interactive exploration of your own conversation facilitation style, this workshop will give participants the tools to hold productive dialogue around hard-to-have conversations.
Agent of Social Change
This workshop is designed for students that are looking to create a vision for their communities that is fair and has a sense of real inclusion. This workshop will help attendees find their role as agent of social change through activities and group discussions. Participants will learn the importance of coalitions.
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 here, please let us know.