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Otterbein Office of Social Justice and Activism engaging students during Black History Month

Otterbein Office of Social Justice and Activism engaging students during Black History Month


By Jesse Hinty ’20

Otterbein has long stood for the celebration of diversity among students, but this year, the commitment to the campus community has taken on a new form.

This spring, the Office of Diversity announced their new name — the Office of Social Justice and Activism. A name of such power may feel daunting at first, but this move is actually a new development upon Otterbein’s core values. In addition to continuing to foster a diverse and inclusive campus community that holds values of respect, open-mindedness, and personal/civic responsibility, the Office of Social Justice and Activism strives to resolve systemic inequities via research and education, to expand pathways for access and success, and to promote a healthy, engaged campus community. The Office of Social Justice and Activism is a great resource for marginalized students and their allies, as well as the hub that sponsors diversity groups and events across campus.

February is Black History Month, and the Office of Social Justice and Activism has been incredibly active in creating or sponsoring Afrocentric events and content. From education posts across our social media pages to events discussing heavy but pertinent topics like colorism, the office has spent February following one of their 2017 initiatives: Response Research, Teaching and Public Service. The amount of community engagement and positive feedback that has resulted from the programming is indicative of a changing campus climate. Students are becoming progressively more aware of social, economic and political issues that affect themselves and their peers. As a result, they have grown more passionate, kind and involved.

For the remainder of Black History Month, the Office of Social Justice and Activism is co-sponsoring events such as a slam poetry night Feb. 16, and free tickets to a showing of the new James Baldwin documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, to educate the community of issues black people face and to continue to celebrate black culture. Otterbein strives to educate, provide and be the change we wish to see in the world. The Office of Social Justice and Activism provides many students with the tools to do so. Get involved!

Follow the Office of Social Justice and Activism on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and events.

Visit the Otterbein Equity and Inclusion website for a list of all events happening on campus.