The Diversity & Inclusion Committee hosted a university-wide Common Hour, October 19, 2016, from 4-5p in Roush 114. In order to develop the topics for the discussion, we reviewed the responses that academic departments submitted to the “Question of the Year” in their annual academic reports during the 2015-2016 academic year. We had over 60 people (30 staff and administrators; 17 faculty members; and 15 students and alumni) join us that day for conversation around four themes: Recruiting diverse students and employees; Supporting an inclusive climate on campus for all members of the Otterbein community; Infusing equity awareness in teaching and learning spaces; and Taking action based on the things we’ve heard and learned.
The Spring D&I Common Hour (Monday, February 13, 2017) will provide time to share what Otterbein has been doing well and where we see opportunity for improvement with regard to inclusive hiring practices.
The Vernon L. Pack Scholar in Residence for 2017 will be Bryonn Bain, assistant professor in residence in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He will be working with various classes and student groups during his time on campus. His public lecture on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Life After Lockdown: The Abolition of the Punishment Paradigm
(7 p.m. in Cowan Hall) is open to all members of the Otterbein community.