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Women's Forum

The Women's Forum was founded in 1992 for the purpose of providing opportunities for members to network, sharing ideas through educational meetings, considering women's issues, formulating and advancing positions relating to women's issues, and serve staff and students. The Forum also collaborates with the Women's Studies Program on women's issues.

Meetings are held two to three times a semester at noon and feature a variety of speakers who address issues of interest to women. The Forum also annually honors women or men who have made significant contributions in support of women at Otterbein with the Bread and Roses Award each April.

The Forum is governed by an Executive Board of staff and faculty.

Inspiration Behind the Bread and Roses Award

Read about the origins of the Bread and Roses Award on Wikipedia here.

Recent Events

On October 20, 2016, the Women’s Forum hosted a panel discussion on “Western vs. Eastern Education – Reflections from a BBC Documentary: Are Our Kids Tough Enough?”. Dr. Yiyuan Liu from Department of Business, Accounting & Economics moderated the panel discussion, with guests Professor Zengxiang Tong and Dr. Pei Pei from Math Department, and Dr. Paul Wendel from Department of Education. Professor Tong has won teaching awards in Shanghai high school, Tongji University, University of Delaware, and Otterbein University. The high school class he taught in China won championship for two consecutive years in mathematics competition. Prof. Wendel taught high school physics and mathematics for 18 years and since 2012, he is a member of the Education Department, teaching education, science, and research courses. 

Past Meetings

On October 25, 2013, the Women’s Forum hosted Dr. Darcy Granello, Professor, College Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University who spoke on the many challenges and stressors dual-career couples face. In order to cope with the demands of this lifestyle, many are increasingly seeking assistance from counselors in negotiating these challenges. Dr. Darcy presented tips on coping and navigating these issues facing these couples to members of the Otterbein faculty, administrators, staff and students.

Dr. Darcy GranelloDarcy Haag Granello, Ph.D., LPCC-S, is a Professor of Counselor Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. She is an Ohio Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervising Credential. She has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed national journals, has made over 200 international, national, and state presentations, and has secured over $750,000 in grants.

She is co-author of three books (Suicide: An essential guide for helping professionals and educators; Suicide, self-injury and violence in the schools; Counseling Today: Foundations of professional identity.). One of Darcy’s research foci is in suicide prevention, assessment, and intervention, and she has received more than $500,000 in funding to develop and implement a comprehensive suicide prevention plan for the OSU campus.

In her role as Project Director for OSU Suicide Prevention, Darcy developed a gatekeeper training model that has been implemented with more than 6,000 gatekeepers on campus. Her second area of interest is in counselor education, specifically the cognitive development of counselors, counseling supervision, conducting outcome assessment, and attitudes towards persons with mental illness.

Darcy and her husband, Paul, live in Powell, Ohio, with their cats and new puppy. They are both avid gardeners and love to travel the world.

Archive of Past Meetings

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Health and Wellness Fair

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Care for the Elderly presentation

  • March 8 and March 15 Series of workshops on Learning how to "Ask"
  • Spring 2014 Long term care planning
  • Spring 2014 Women in Africa
  • Fall 2014 History of Westerville
  • Health and Wellness Fair – October event in the Campus Center
  • Brown Bags – Discovering and Developing Your Strengths – Positive Psychology
  • February 17, 2012 – Dr. Carol Bininger: Care for Elderly
  • March 8, 2012 – Ms. Debbie Price: Financial Planning
  • October 18, 2012 – The Art of Laughing

Interested in learning more about the Women's Forum?

Contact Dr. Shirine Mafi.