Conferences

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The Consortium sponsors a Spring and/or Fall Conference annually. The goal is to facilitate a day-long conference for those within a university or professional community to collaborate and share best practices to make our campuses more  supportive.

Who should attend?

  • Administrators in Higher Education.

  • Directors, coordinators and staff of multicultural and international offices and centers that serve diverse student populations.

  • Directors and staff in affirmative action, equal opportunity, student retention, diversity, student life.

  • Representatives of state and national institutes, associations, agencies, commissions, and foundations

  • Leaders of student organizations; undergraduate and graduate students.

 

Why you should attend?

  • Discover what other institutions are doing to better serve diverse, underrepresented and international students.

  • Identify opportunities to engage and collaborate with colleagues from other institutions.

  • Gain a practical understanding of new developments within multicultural/international affairs, including in the areas of services, finance, and student success.

Previous Conferences

2019 Spring Conference - "The Current and Future Landscape of Diversity Offices in Higher Education: How Do We Reclaim Our Voice"

April 12, 2019 - Kent State University, Kent, OH 

  • Keynote Speaker
    Andre Lessears, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Cleveland Clinic Akron General 
    "What Are We Talking About? The Importance of Having Shared Language"

     

  • The Mis(sed) Education of Hip Hop
    Presenter: Vincent Giles, Academic Advisor II, College of Communication & Information, Kent State University
    Hip-Hop, as art, culture and commodity, is incredibly powerful and influential. This presentation explored how the representation of Hip-Hop affect not only the art form and industry of Hip-Hop but particular groups within society such as college-aged men and women of color. 

  • Break Out Sessions

    • Dr. Nkenge Friday, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Marietta College
      Leadership Track: The Invisible Ladder in Diversity Work: Translating Passion into Career Progression.

    • Alicia Robinson, Assistant Director, Women’s Center, Kent State UniversityProgramming Track: Is This Seat Taken? Building Bridges and Not Walls.

    • Mike Daniels, Assistant Director, Student Multicultural Center, Kent State University 
      Emerging Leaders Track: Conducting a Diversity (MRI): Being Mindful, Realistic and Intentional.

2017 Spring Conference - "The Critical Case for Diversity, Dialogue and Action:
Innovative Strategies"

May 5, 2017 - Denison University, Granville, OH 43023

  • Keynote speaker
    Lisa M. Coleman, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President of Harvard. Presentation Title: "Innovation, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging: Our Global Higher Education Imperative."

2016 Spring Conference-"Diversity Work in the 21st Century: Addressing Campus and Student Needs Through Innovative Strategies"
April 29, 2016 - Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

 

Our Speakers included the following:

  • Dr. Willie L. McKether  was our keynote speaker. He is an accomplished researcher, scholar, and administrator. He is currently serving as the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Associate Dean of the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences at the University of Toledo Assistant (UT). In addition, he is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, the President of Brothers on the Rise, and President of the Central State's Anthropological Society.

  • Presentation Title: “Navigating Intersecting Identities that Inform Student Experience”
    Presenters: Marissa Maulbeck, Assistant Resident Director, Office of Residence Life; Dan Darkow, Assistant Resident Director, Office of Residence Life
    Institution: Miami University

  • Presentation Title:  “Transforming the Underrepresented Minority Graduate Student Experience: The Development of the Northern Ohio AGEP Alliance Model”
    Presenters: Matthew Smith, Project Director, NOA-AGEP; Naomi Sigg, Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs; John Killings, Assistant Director of Student Advocacy and Programming, Office of Multicultural Affairs
    Institution: Case Western Reserve University

  • Presentation Title: “Practice Makes Progress: Cultivating Meaningful Mentoring Relationships and a Quality, High-Impact Mentoring Program"
    Presenters:  Autumn Frampton, Associate Director, Academic Support Services,
    Office of Multicultural Development; Mr. Phil LaHue, Graduate Assistant, Office of Multicultural Development; Mrs. Shazdeh Bham, Graduate Assistant, Office of Multicultural Development
    Institution: The University of Akron

 
2015 Fall  Conference
"Topics of Diversity to Inform and Educate"
October 16, 2015 - Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Our speakers included the following:

  • Charles “CJ” Harkness, Director of Campus Diversity Affairs, Baldwin Wallace University Session Title: Seriously?! Four Lenses of Interpreting & Responding to Bias Incidents

  • Kyle C. Ashlee, Doctoral Student, Miami University. Session Title: No Mud, No Lotus:  Developing Empathy with College Men to end Sexual Violence on Campus

  • Petey Peterson, Director, LGBTQA Affairs, Wright State University. Joshua Scacco, Graduate Assistant, LGBTQA Affairs, Wright State University. Session Title: Changing Times:  From Equality to Equity

  • Dr. Mary E. Weems, Independent Scholar. Session Title: Intersectionality and Multiculturalism

  • Melissa Bader, Graduate Resident Director, Miami University, Marissa Maulbeck, Assistant Resident Director, Miami University, Chatrice Barnes, Graduate Resident Director, Miami University. Session TitleSocial Media:  Freedom of Speech or Freedom to Slander

 

2015 Spring  Conference
"The Changing Landscape of Diversity in Higher Education"
May 1, 2015 - John Carroll University, University Heights, OH

Our speakers included the following:

  • Dr. Billie Wright Dziech, Professor of English, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
    Session Title: What do You Need to Know About Sexual Harassment and Assault-The Gray Areas?

  • Jeff Witt, Diversity Program Manager, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
    Session Title: Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students

  • Rev. Aaron Maurice Saari, Interfaith Campus Ministry, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
    Session Title: Religious Diversity at a Community College

  • Johnnie L. Jackson, Doctoral Student, Educational Leadership, Miami University,
    Miami, OH
    Session Title: Black Birds Flying: Diversifying Study Abroad

  • Shevonne Nelson, Coordinator for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Services, Miami University, Miami, OH
    Session Title: The Othering in OUR Community: SGL and QPOC Perspectives

  • Jennifer Batton, VP for Sustained Dialogue Institute; John Killings, Assistant Director of Student Advocacy and Programming, and Naomi Sigg, Director of Multicultural Affairs, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
    Session Title: Using Sustained Dialogue to Develop Inclusive Campus Communities

  • Maximilian Tokarsky, Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 
    Session Title: Adolescent Immigrants and the Importance of Ethnic Identity in School Settings

2014 Fall Conference
"Best Practices: Models of Student Success"
November 14, 2014 - University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

Our speakers included the following:

  • Dona Fletcher, Chair and Professor, Sociology and Jennifer Romero, Assistant Professor, Business Information System, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
    Session Title: "Urban African American Mentoring Program"

  • Patty Alvarez, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs; and Aaron Witherspoon, Academic Success Specialist in The College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
    Session Title: “A Diverse Community of Scholars Achieving Excellence”

  • Andrew Bryce Hudson, Associate Director, Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
    Session Title: "Ujima: Using the seven principles of Kwanzaa as an effective tool to mentor African American students."

  • Dr. Patrick Jackson, Associate Director of Multicultural Development Programs, Aiesha Motley, Senior Associate Director of Multicultural Development Programs, and Autumn Frampton, Associate Director, Academic Support Services, University of Akron, Akron, OH
    Session Title: "Building and Maintaining Programs During Unsustainable Times"

  • Lisa Givan, Pre-College Programs Coordinator & Enrollment Management Advisor, Kent State University-Stark Campus, North Canton, OH
    Session Title: "That about sums it up… Using Cultural Intelligence to recruit, engage and transform the experiences of students of color on your campus."

  • Jennie O’Connell, Director, Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence, Kent State University, Kent, OH 
    Session Title: "What’s Your Green Dot?"

 

Previous OCMCHE Conferences
  • 2014 Spring Conference - "Internationalizing Higher Education: Where is Multiculturalism in Globalization?"
    April 18, 2014 - Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center

  • 2013 Spring Conference "The Evolving Role of Multicultural Centers: Sharing Our Stories."
    April 26, 2013 - The College of Wooster.

  • 2012 Spring Conference - "New Approaches, Programs and Frameworks in Diversity and Multicultural Affairs."
    April 27, 2012 - The Ohio State University

 

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