BIT by BIT - March 4, 2022

March 4, 2022

As we continue our dedication to fostering a campus culture that affirms the dignity of every Buckeye by valuing the unique backgrounds, identities and experiences of our staff and student community, if you were not able to attend the virtual February Scarlet and Great Gathering, I would ask that you watch the recording where we explored the results of our Student Life Staff Climate Survey.  Our colleagues from the Center for the Study of Student Life (CSSL), Dr. Chrisse Edmunds and Ivica Pavisic provided an overview of the variety of experiences within Student Life, ranging from communication to incidents of bias to professional development and wellness and more.  

Over the next weeks, your manager or supervisor will be sharing with you copies of the division-wide survey results, along with the survey results for your core area and/or department.  Chrisse and Ivica have also made themselves available to join your core area or departmental team meetings to discuss the results. The Office of Student Life has not conducted a climate survey since 2012 and we will use these survey results as our baseline for moving forward, as we prepare to conduct future surveys every 2-3 years. 

Thank you to those who took the time and used their voice by completing this survey.  We acknowledge that this survey was conducted during the pandemic and that the results are now being shared while many of us are engaging in conversations about career roadmap, but as discussed during the presentation, it is our hope that you will dedicate time to reflecting on the survey results, acknowledging what is going well, and as a team, developing a plan to address concerns that were brought forth in the survey results.  This is our opportunity to get better and do better as we work collectively to create an Office of Student Life where we belong and feel included.

As a reminder, the Commitment and Action Planning Team is still recruiting participants and facilitators for our Student Life Affinity Groups and Professional Networks.  Please visit the Student Life website for additional information.

On March 1, 2022, I celebrated my one-year work anniversary at Ohio State.  Yay, me! ??  Thank you for an amazing first year. I remain excited about continuing our commitment to doing – and learning – all that we can BIT by BIT.

Happy Women’s History Month!



Dr. T

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



Ukraine Conflict Resources 

Ohio State’s Office of International Affairs has compiled a list of support resources to help community members cope with the violence in Ukraine. Find information regarding resources and upcoming events online.

Women's History Month

The Student Life Multicultural Center, along with offices, centers and student organizations across campus, is proud to present the calendar of events for the annual university-wide celebration of Women's History Month. The calendar is available online.

FORWARD 2022: Regaining Momentum for Gender Equity (Virtual)

March 4, 2022 

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  



Since March 2020, news headlines and personal accounts have been attesting to the particular toll that the COVID-19 pandemic and its disruptions are causing for women. Often tasked with working and caregiving, many women are finding their career advancement and economic gains reversed. How can we regain momentum towards gender equity?

Join The Women’s Place at The Ohio State University for FORWARD 2022, a virtual symposium to encourage resilience, community and meaningful policy change. Panels will cover topics, such as economic recovery, caregiving, leadership development and advocacy. Selena Rezvani, consultant and author of Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want, will be the keynote speaker at noon. This free event is open to Ohio State faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members of all genders. Move the needle forward with us on gender inequities, by using #TWPForward. Register online.


International Women's Day Summit

March 8

This International Women’s Day, Women Student Initiatives (WSI) in the Student Life Multicultural Center is hosting a summit with panels, speakers, workshops and community as they recognize, celebrate and empower our community of Women at The Ohio State University. Register through online and contact Madison Eagle ( for more information.


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

April 11-12

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 for expand our understanding of disability as integral to 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.


The Ohio State University’s 27th Annual National Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning 

May 2-3

The Ohio State University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting its 27th Annual National Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning (NCDRL) on Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3. FORWARD PROGRESS: Making Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence a Priority is the theme and will shape much of the discussions, trainings and other sessions over the course of the conference. The NCDRL is one of the university's most comprehensive conferences that focuses on issues of diversity, equity, cultural inclusion and acceptance. Learn more about the conference, the speakers, itinerary and how to register online



Guiding Students to Wellness Workshops and Recovery Ally Trainings (Virtual)
The Student Life Student Wellness Center has scheduled four interactive workshops throughout Spring semester for our faculty and staff to gain knowledge related to supporting students’ holistic well-being, management of stress and substance use, and preparing participants to host difficult conversations and refer students to on-campus resources. Individuals can register to attend their Guiding Students to Wellness workshop to learn skills such as active listening, motivational interviewing, and hosting difficult conversations with our student community. Their Recovery Ally Training is designed to train attendees in becoming a Recovery Ally to support our students who are in or seeking recovery from substance misuse. Both workshops discuss resources on campus. Visit their website to learn more about each program and sign up for the workshop of your choice

ODI Workshops

Microaggressions 101 (Virtual)

March 10

3 - 4:30 p.m. 

April 19

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Microaggressions cause harm in every workplace. Yet many of us remain confused about what a microaggression is, how to know if one has happened and the numerous ways microaggressions impact others. This 90-minute workshop offers a deep dive into microaggressions, microaggressive terminology and the impacts of microaggressions in our everyday lives. By offering participants the opportunity to expand their knowledge of microaggressions, our workshop aims to encourage understanding, compassion and confidence necessary to identify microaggressions and intervene when they are happening.

Register for the workshop online.


Microaggressions 102 (Virtual)

March 18

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

April 27, 2022

3 – 4:30 p.m. 

This 90-minute workshop focuses on how we can address microaggressions. Participants will learn microintervention strategies that can be used when we experience or witness a microaggression, as well as strategies for how to hold ourselves accountable and offer meaningful apologies if we are told we’ve enacted a microaggression. This is an interactive workshop and participants will have numerous opportunities to practice these strategies, as well as reflect on how they can use them moving forward. *Note: This workshop is designed to be attended after Microaggressions 101.

Register for the workshop online.




Guiding First-Generation Students to Success

Based on their research into the needs of first-generation, low-income students, Josh Farris and Chi Chan share five best practices for meeting those needs.

Engaging First-Gen Students’ Families is Critical to Their Success

Being a first-generation student is an asset and families of these students can be partners in supporting success, writes Julie Carballo.

Addressing Asian American/Pacific Islander College Students’ Mental Health Needs

In May 2021, amidst increasing reports of anti-Asian hate crimes, the Steve Fund and the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan convened a group of eight experts in Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) history, college students and mental health.



Implicit Bias Module Series

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity’s Implicit Bias Module Series is a course that will introduce you to insights about how our minds operate and help you understand the origins of implicit associations. Through this course, you will also uncover some of your own biases and learn strategies for addressing them. To begin the course, please visit the website.



Student Life Affinity Groups and Professional Networks

Student Life is recruiting both participants and facilitators for our Student Life Affinity Groups and Professional Networks. The staff-focused groups hope to provide spaces of dialogue and connection for our staff members with marginalized identities to interact, network and develop a sense of community and belonging. Our goal is to create an environment where Student Life can enact the university value of inclusion to attract new staff and retain our extraordinary employees. If you are interested in facilitating or joining an affinity group, please visit the Staff Communities web page. Contact Anna with any questions.



Staff Career Development Grant

Are you interested in opportunities to expand cultural competence and career goals related to equity? The Ohio State University is committed to the professional and career development of staff. This grant provides staff with an opportunity to further their growth and development. Grants are awarded for professional development costs related to the applicant’s job and/or career goals. Eligible staff can apply for a Staff Career Development Grant of up to $1,250 for individuals, $1,750 for groups of 2-10 and $2,000 for groups of 11 or more. All funds are granted on a reimbursement basis only. Application season opened January 1, 2022, find more information online.

Outreach and Engagement Professional Development Grant

The Ohio State University Outreach and Engagement Professional Development Grant provides staff working in outreach and engagement spaces the opportunity to further their career growth and development. Eligible staff can apply for a grant of up to $500. Grants can be used for professional development, conferences and education or training costs related to career goals. The deadline to apply is April 22 at 5 p.m. Find more informationonline. .


Student Life Intranet 

Don’t forget to visit and view past Belonging and Inclusion Training and Education sessions within the Student Life Intranet. The ongoing professional development opportunities for staff to learn and grow as we enhance our collective belonging and inclusion knowledge, skills,and competencies. 

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