BIT by BIT - December 7, 2021

December 7, 2021

I cannot believe that it’s already December and I am about to complete my first full semester at Ohio State! Day by day and BIT by BIT, I continue to be grateful to have the opportunity to engage with amazing colleagues and students.  Thank you for all that you do individually and collectively to enhance belonging and inclusion efforts within the Office of Student Life.

The world is rich with diversity that is reflected in many observances celebrated in various cultures and communities. Check out this calendar of world holidays to help you and your teams learn more about some of the observances and celebrations all around us.

As we strive to cultivate a more welcoming and safe campus for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities, the Multicultural Center will host two open virtual Safe Zone Training Workshops for the upcoming spring semester. The first session will be held January 28, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and the second on Friday, February 25 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. To register or see all upcoming sessions, visit

Last, but not least…I am excited to announce that registration is now open for the inaugural Student Life Belonging and Inclusion Summit: “Cultivating a Community Committed to Equity-Minded Practices.”  Our virtual summit will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. I am also thrilled to share that our keynote speaker is the renowned diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) expert and scholar, Dr. Shaun Harper. Additional information about Dr. Harper and the summit can be found at

The Belonging and Inclusion Summit is intentionally designed for Student Life staff to enhance and expand their awareness of self; to develop skills and tools for equity-minded reflection and practice; and to strengthen the culture of care for staff and students.  I hope that you will join us and encourage your teams and colleagues to attend the summit, as we all strive to continue our commitment to doing – and learning – all that we can BIT by BIT.


Tanisha L. Jenkins, PhD
Associate Vice President for Belonging and Inclusion
Office of Student Life
The Ohio State University


Belonging and Inclusion Summit Registration Open

Registration for the inaugural Student Life Belonging and Inclusion Summit: “Cultivating a Community Committed to Equity-Minded Practices” is now open until January 7, 2022 at

Keynote Speaker Announcement

The Summit’s distinguished keynote speaker will be Dr. Shaun Harper, scholar and racial equity expert. Harper is an American scholar and racial equity expert in the United States of America. He also is one of the most highly ranked, cited, quoted and prolific professors in the field of racial education. Harper is the Clifford and Betty Allen Professor at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education and the Executive Director of the USC Race and Equity Center. He spent a decade at the University of Pennsylvania, where he had tenure as a professor and founding executive director of the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education. He is best known for his extensive research on topics, such as gender and race in social and educational contexts, equity trends and climate issues on college campuses, Black and Latino male student success in urban high schools and in universities/colleges, college student engagement and intercollegiate athletics. We are elated for him to join us for our inaugural Summit!

REMINDER: Climate Survey

As we move forward to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within Student Life, we must hear from you. We want to hear your voice. Team members from across the division worked collaboratively to create the Climate Survey to understand the variety of experiences within Student Life. Your voice is incredibly valuable and contributes to our efforts in improving our policies and practices. The Climate Survey will remain open until Friday, December 17. Details are on the climate survey website:


Creating LGBTQ-inclusive Classrooms (Virtual)

Friday, December 10, 2021

11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

The Student Life Multicultural Center offers this training to facilitate faculty and staff in creating more inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students. This workshop focuses on best practices for supporting LGBTQ students in the classroom, as well as strategies for navigating challenging conversations and interrupting bias.

Register for the session online.

Safe Zone Training (Virtual)
Friday, January 28, 2022
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Friday, February 25, 2022
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Safe Zone Training aims to create a more welcoming and safe campus for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The workshop is recommended for faculty, staff and students. Through this 2-hour 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 (2 hours) will receive a "Safe Zone Trained" sticker to display. For more information and trainings, visit the Student Life Multicultural Center’s Education and Training webpage.

Register for the session online.


International Human Rights Day
December 10, 2021

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10th, the same day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document, which proclaims and acknowledges the fundamental and inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Although the Declaration is not a binding document, it has inspired more than 60 human rights tools that have helped us cultivate an international standard of human rights. Today, we celebrate every human and move forward to making this a better world and campus environment for all.


The 21st Annual Multiple Perspective Conference at The Ohio State University

The Zen of Venn: Disability, A Facet of Lived Experience
April 11-12, 2022

This conference is hosted by the Office of Institutional Equity at the Ohio State University and supported by the generosity of Margaret Stanton and the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation. As a modern land grant university, an important part of Ohio State’s mission is serving the wider community; to be a catalyst for positive change and a springboard for collaborations with and among our partners in education, business, non-profits and government. Since 2000, each year the university’s ADA Coordinator has identified a series of workshops and public events that provide a forum to expand our understanding of disability as integral to the human experience and create opportunities to increase community resources through the synergy of collaboration. Please look at past conference programs and consider submitting a future session.



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The Indigenous Student, Staff and Faculty Meet and Greet

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
5 – 6:30 p.m.
The OSU Faculty Club, 181 Oval Drive South

This is an opportunity for Indigenous student, staff and faculty to share the efforts and initiatives that exist on campus by and for Indigenous students, staff and faculty. Join to get connected with our Indigenous community here at OSU, network with our community and other campus diversity advocates and to learn how to be an ally and advocate to our Indigenous community.

Register to confirm your attendance.


Producing Accessible Digital Content

What is Digital Content? Digital content is any content delivered by using technology including, but not limited to, websites, electronic documents, audio, video and computer and mobile applications. We committed to fostering a campus culture of diversity and full inclusion of people with disabilities. For digital accessibility, this means ensuring that all faculty, staff and students can access our digital information and services in about the same amount of time and with roughly the same ease of use as someone without a disability. Check out these OSU resources to learn more.

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