Thursday, September 18, 2014

Diversity Discussions event offers opportunity for thought-provoking conversations

By PR student writer Megan Valentine

Chillicothe Campus students and other campus members will have the opportunity to participate in thought-provoking discussions about six topical issues while enjoying a free lunch with their peers during the “Diversity Discussions” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 23 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

Diversity Discussions offer an ideal opportunity for students who struggle to balance classes with jobs, families and other life commitments to passively engage in meaningful conversations about important issues.

Neeley Allen, coordinator of student recruitment, will facilitate the session with the help of student assistants. 

The themes and expert moderators for this semester’s Diversity Discussion tables are:

·        Suicide Prevention (Jim Butt and Kim Dement from the Ross County Suicide Prevention Coalition)

·        Loving the Skin You’re In (OU-C student Samm Newman)

·        Homeless but Not Hopeless (Richie Rinehart, Director of the Ross County Men’s Shelter)

·        Pop Culture & Perceptions of Women (OU-C student Samantha Rearley)

·        It’s Never too Late to Try Something New (OU-C Library Director Brandi Weaver)

·        Campus Violence, Safety, and Gun Control (Officer Kevin Frith of the Ohio University Police Department)

 “Programs such as Diversity Discussions, where a student can grab a free lunch and sit down for a few minutes at a themed table with an expert moderator and simply have a conversation that isn’t a part of typical day-to-day dialogue, is enriching for students even if they can only participate for a few moments,” says Coordinator of Student Affairs Ashlee Digges, who developed the program while working as a graduate assistant for a branch campus of the University of Georgia and has brought the concept to OU-C.

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