DEI Kickoff Week 2022

DEI Kickoff Week 2022

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Each year, the college hosts a Diversity Week to promote celebration, education and awareness of the unique visible and non-visible differences in our college community.  

This week also allows our college to come together as students, faculty, staff and alumni to examine health care disparities and advocate for appropriate culturally sensitive care.

DEI Kickoff Week Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 15

Nalxone and Fentanyl Testing Strip Training and Distribution
4-5:30 p.m.
112/118 Riffe

The College of Pharmacy will be hosting this event as part of Recovery Month. Harm reduction plays an important role in decreasing negative consequences associated with drug use. Utilizing a harm reduction approach includes meeting patients where they are and providing services along a continuum. There are several strategies to reduce the risk of opioid overdose and death including widespread access to naloxone and fentanyl testing strips. This program will provide participants with naloxone and fentanyl test strip training and distribution. Anyone interested in learning more about harm reduction as it relates to opioid use disorder is encouraged to attend!

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Monday, Sept. 19

DEI 101
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Facilitator: Sophia Antoun, MA

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Sophia Antoun, MA

The DEI Foundations workshop aims to host a reset on what diversity, equity and inclusion means for you and/or your team. Through personal reflection, redefining core concepts, and reframing the work around justice, this workshop provides a meaningful opportunity to discuss what DEI currently looks like for you and/or your team, as well as shape what it can look like moving forward.

Body Image: All Bodies are Good Bodies
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
107 Parks and via Zoom
Facilitator: Sara Hoover (they/them) and Jordan Helcbergier (she/her)

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Sara Hoover
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Jordan Helcbergier

Weight stigma is one of the most pressing yet rarely discussed issues in healthcare equity. Though weight and measurements such as BMI are often touted as major factors in health outcomes, much research shows that current healthcare approaches to weight and body size are not necessarily as effective—or grounded in science—as previously believed. In this interactive session, participants will discuss the history of the body positive movement and weight stigma, as well as learn how to combat negative body talk while gaining strategies on how to support ourselves and others through times of negative body image.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Being Better Buckeyes: Eliminating Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
111 Parks
Facilitators: Carver Ealy (he/him), Kate Gallagher (she/her)

This session is for students only.

​​​​​​The Office of Institutional Equity will provide an overview of who we are, what we do, and what support we can connect folks to when they experience discrimination, harassment, and/or assault. This session will provide information about how and when to report possible problematic situations and explain what options Buckeyes have available if they believe they are experiencing identity-based discrimination or harassment. Attendees will have the opportunity to anonymously ask questions.

The Inequitable Distribution of Social Determinants of Health 

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
111 Parks and via Zoom
Zoom password: 475208

Facilitator: Kierra Barnett, PhD (she/her)

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Kierra Barnett, PhD
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Did you know that the neighborhood you were born in can reliably predict your lifespan—and that disparities in life expectancy amongst neighborhoods in the greater Columbus area alone vary by up to 27 years? Why might this and other well-documented health disparities exist nation and worldwide even at a time when healthcare is making so many advances in care?  Research shows that about 50% of health outcomes are determined not by genetics, personal behaviors, or clinical care but by our socioeconomic and physical environments. These factors are known as social determinants of health and they comprise “the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.” Join keynote speaker and Ohio State alum Dr. Kierra Barnett for an engaging session about how social determinants of health create and maintain health disparities, as well as what healthcare providers can do to better their practice through understanding of how these inequities affect patients, colleagues, and society.


​​​​​​​Dr. Kierra Barnett is a Research Scientist at the Center for Child Health Equity and Outcomes Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her work focuses on the impact of structural racism, stress and social determinants of health on racial and ethnic inequities. Prior to joining NCH, Dr. Barnett completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, were she collaborated with state, county and city public health departments, as well as non-for-profit organizations, to assess health outcomes and make policy and practice-based recommendations to address the disparities. Dr. Barnett received her Ph.D. in Public Health from The Ohio State University. She also holds a Masters of Public Health from OSU and a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health from the University of Illinois.

Trauma Informed Care: Because We All Have a Story
12:30-1:30 p.m. 
111 Parks and via Zoom
Password: 241940

Facilitators: Cynthia Sloan, MBA, RA (she/her)

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Cynthia Sloan, MBA, RA
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Many of our patients and colleagues have experienced trauma in their lifetimes that they bring with them to healthcare settings. How do we meet them where they are while providing the best care possible for their individual needs? Trauma informed care, an approach to engaging individuals and families with trauma histories that recognizes the long term and significant effects of trauma on human development and the presence of trauma symptoms, is an important element to the answer. This session will define trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); explain why it is important to address trauma; explore how trauma leads to many outcomes; and illustrate what a trauma-informed system of care is and how it will help others.

Being a Better Buckeye: Eliminating Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct (FACULTY/STAFF SESSION) 
1 -2 p.m.
107 Parks
Facilitator: Carver Ealy (he/him) Mary Kate Gallagher (she/her)

This is for faculty and staff only.

​​​​​​The Office of Institutional Equity will provide an overview of who we are, what we do, and what support we can connect folks to when they experience discrimination, harassment, and/or assault. This session will provide information about how and when to report possible problematic situations and explain what options Buckeyes have available if they believe they are experiencing identity-based discrimination or harassment. Attendees will have the opportunity to anonymously ask questions.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Reclaiming your Confidence: A Fight with Imposter Syndrome
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
250 Parks
Facilitator: Kierra Barnett, PhD (she/her)

​​​​​​​“Sure I got admitted/hired, but it’s only a matter of time before everyone finds out they probably made a mistake.” “Everyone else seems to know exactly what they’re doing, why am I such a fraud pretending to have everything together while feeling constantly lost?” “Am I actually good enough for this?” “Maybe I’m not as prepared for this new program/job as I thought…everyone else here seems so much more accomplished than me!” These are common thoughts for many students, faculty, staff, and trainees—especially those with marginalized identities. However, research shows that the phenomenon known as “imposter syndrome’—when we repeatedly doubt our own skills, talents, or accomplishments—can feel overwhelming but does not actually mean we are not qualified. Join us for a discussion-based session led by keynote speaker Dr. Kierra Barnett where we will explore how imposter syndrome shows up, what it really means, and how to move forward with increased self-confidence even when internal and external influences may make us feel like we do not belong in a space where we earned access.

SafeZone Training
1-3:30 p.m.
250 Parks
Facilitator: Ari Grubaugh, MPA, MSW (they/them)

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Ari Grubaugh, MPA, MSW

The Safe Zone Training aims to create a more welcoming and safe campus for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. This 2.5-hour workshop is recommended for faculty, staff, and students. Through this workshop, participants will (1) gain a greater understanding of LGBTQ identities and the systems of oppression that affect the community, (2) learn tools for incorporating LGBTQ-inclusive practices into your daily life, and (3) strengthen their skills in recognizing and interrupting anti-LGBTQ bias. Those who attend the entire workshop will receive a “Safe Zone Trained” sticker. 

Thursday, Sept. 22

"Can I Say That?" Principles of Inclusive Language
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
200 Parks and via Zoom
Password: 188749
Facilitator: Z Tenney, MPA, MEd (they/ them)

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Z Tenney, MPA, MEd
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If you have ever wondered if you’re using the most up to date terminology for various identities, how to figure out what words may—or may not—be offensive to certain groups/individuals, why some words are acceptable to be used by some people but not others, or how to keep up with the seemingly ever-evolving language around social identities…you are not alone and this session is for you! This program will provide an overview of key concepts related to using inclusive language, such as the power of self-identification; the role of word reclamation; and the relationship between personal preferences and community expectations. In the spirit of continually learning how to do better, participants will have the opportunity to anonymously ask good faith questions about terminologies even if those questions may feel awkward or embarrassing to ask in most spaces. Participants will leave the session with resources related to inclusive language with a focus on cultural humility and growth mindset rather than simply memorizing a list of terms.

Recovery Is Spoken Here: Recovery Ally Training
1-3 p.m.
250 Parks

The Student Life Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC), in partnership with the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD), is excited to offer the “Recovery is Spoken Here” trainings for faculty, staff and students. Our aim is to foster an environment where students in or seeking recovery feel accepted by their peers, are empowered to live genuinely, feel comfortable asking for help and are celebrated by the Ohio State community. By becoming a Recovery Ally, you are declaring to students in or seeking recovery that you embody these ideals. This training will cover a high level overview of addiction and recovery, addiction and recovery on campus, recovery friendly language, how to connect students with the CRC and ways to get involved as a Recovery Ally. Participants have the option to participate in Naloxone Training and receive a free Naloxone kite immediately the workshop.

Virtual events will be presented with automated closed captions. If you have questions about automated captions or wish to request an accommodation, please contact Z Tenney at

Friday, Sept. 23

DEI Kickoff Week Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
250 Parks Hall

Join us as Pharmacy Buckeyes Building Community while we have a casual lunch together! Food will be provided from Aladdin’s Eatery and will include vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. All are welcome to come and stay the entire time or quickly grab a lunch before preparing for another commitment—such as the CARE Rx Cultural Fashion Show! Tables will have prompt questions that attendees can use to start conversations with people they are meeting for the first time or deepen existing conversations with people they have known for a long time.

CARE Rx: Cultural Fashion Show
1-2 p.m.
112/118 Riffe

We will be holding a fashion show to showcase cultural wear. You may set up a table to present your cultural wear and other topics (via brochures, trifolds, PPT, etc.) instead if that is preferred. You are welcome to bring cultural food or items as well!

This is an informal and low stress event. There are no limits to how you wish to represent your culture. Feel free to invite friends and family to come to the event!

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