DEI Kickoff Week 2023

DEI Kickoff Week 2023

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Mark your calendar! The College of Pharmacy Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) will host its annual DEI Kickoff Week from Monday, Sept. 18, to Friday, Sept. 22.

All members of the college are invited to a week of workshops and activities in and around Parks Hall. Programming will occur each day during Professional Hour (11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) and will include discussions about addressing health care disparities.

This year’s highlights include a keynote presentation from Madison Eagle, MSW, from the university’s Student Life Center for Belonging and Social Change and a much-anticipated cultural fashion show hosted by the students of CARE Rx.

DEI Kickoff Week Schedule

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Monday, September 18

Racialization and Its Impacts on Asian American Identities
Presenter: Max Grogan, PhD (they/them/theirs)
Student Education and Empowerment Program Manager
Center for Belonging and Social Change

September 18 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 200 Parks Hall | Zoom


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Dr. Max Grogan

This workshop provides a brief historical perspective on processes of racialization and the impacts on populations of people with Asian ancestry. Special attention is paid to the histories of European colonization and race in the US. Additionally, there is immense heterogeneity inside the landmass labeled "Asia" and symbolized by the term "Asian American."

This workshop introduces nuances to contemporary Asian American identity politics and questions the next steps in critically thinking through discourse and practical applications.

"It is Literally Impossible to be a Woman:" Exploring Critical Concepts in DEI Praxis Through Barbie
Presenter: Z Tenney, MEd, MPA (they/them/theirs)
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
College of Pharmacy

September 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 157 Parks Hall | Zoom

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Z Tenney

Simultaneously praised and criticized as “radical,” Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster film “Barbie” portrays a number of key concepts central to the work of diversity, equity and inclusion.

This workshop will explore the definition, origin and practical application of elements of Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, and related academic frameworks. Participants do not need to have viewed the film beforehand, though doing so is beneficial.


Tuesday, September 19

Microaggressions and Me
Presenter: Sophia Antoun, MA
Education Program Specialist, Strategic Diversity Planning, Training, and Assessment
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

September 19 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 257 Parks Hall | Zoom

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Sophia Antoun

When learning about microaggressions, many of us wonder how we can intervene when we experience or witness a microaggression. But what do we do when someone tells us we are the person enacting a microaggression? How can we practice dismantling microaggressions in our everyday self-expression at work? How do we empathetically and consistently hold ourselves and each other accountable?

This workshop offers participants an opportunity to reflect on the ways all of us can perpetuate microaggressions and will explore how to move forward once we've been made aware of the microaggressions we perpetuate. Participants will build skills such as crafting meaningful apologies, learning to understand and say what we really mean and strategies for holding ourselves accountable.

Wednesday, September 20

Black Lives Matter: A Conversation Around Culture and Community in White Spaces
Seneca Crump, MA
Student Education and Empowerment Program Manager
Center for Belonging and Social Change

September 20 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 200 Parks Hall | Zoom

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Seneca Crump

#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Since then, many movements have occurred throughout the nation to ensure the culture and community of Black people were protected from the inflictions of white supremacy and acts of violence while creating spaces that celebrate Black imagination, innovation, joy and collective work.

This workshop explores #BlackLivesMatter from a global perspective in connection to how it has impacted the movement and experiences of Black people on Ohio State's campus and the local Columbus community. Participants engage in learning experiences around #BlackLivesMatter and critical conversations that impact how they can continue navigating culture and community within white spaces.

Thursday, September 21


We’re Still Here: Understanding Native American and Indigenous Peoples’ Contemporary Experiences
Madison Eagle, MSW
Coordinator for Belonging and Student Support
Center for Belonging and Social Change

September 21 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 115 Biomedical Research Tower (BRT) | Zoom

Madison Eagle
Madison Eagle

This talk will provide insight into the lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples’ today. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the issues that have and continue to contribute to Indigenous oppression in the United States and provide attendees with tangible ways that they can be allies and advocates for Indigenous Peoples.


Madison Eagle (pronouns: she, her, hers) serves as coordinator for belonging and student support in the Student Life Center for Belonging and Social Change. In this role, she works closely with NativeOSU and La C.A.S.A. She centers her work in mentorship and advocacy for students on campus, with deep investment in creating an equitable and accessible community.

Madison has lived in Ohio her entire life and has lived in the Columbus area since 2010. Madison grew up in Lebanon, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University as an undergraduate. In 2012, she worked as a student employee with Native American and Indigenous Student Initiatives in the Multicultural Center (now the CBSC). As a student she met some of her best friends and her partner in the Center. The work of the Multicultural Center/CBSC is foundational in Madison’s professional career.

After graduating from Ohio State, Madison became the Program Coordinator for Leadership and Social Justice at YWCA Columbus. She spent two years working with young women to provide professional development and mentorship programming. Madison returned to Ohio State to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work. During this time she worked as a Youth Services Coordinator for Kids Club and Senior Service Case Manager at the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center. She is a Licensed Social Worker and uses this lens to create educational and holistic workshops and programming.

In her current role, Madison supports students in finding their place and space on campus, providing mentorship, and challenging folks to be curious and critical of the impact of systemic injustice. She has worked in the Center for Belonging and Social Change since 2018 as a full-time professional. Her original role in the center was focused on programming for women students and has transitioned with the CBSC to create intentional spaces of belonging and student support for all while centering the needs of Native American and Indigenous students.

Madison is a lifelong social justice advocate and activist. Her identities are a driving force behind her passion for social justice work. Madison identifies as a woman, Tsalagi (Cherokee), Shawnee, Irish, mother, wife, sister, daughter and Buckeye for life. She strives to advocate and push for change for all peoples through an intersectional and Indigenous Feminist lens.

Friday, September 22

DEI Kickoff Week Luncheon: Pharmacy Buckeyes Building Community

September 22 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 112/118 Riffe Building
Lunch is first come, first served

CARE Rx Cultural Fashion Show

September 22 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 112/118 Riffe Building