Diversity Education at Otterbein

We believe that education is key to understanding and accepting others. The Office of Social Justice & Activism gives you opportunities to learn more about other cultures. We can introduce you to cultures that are new to you, and teach you more about cultures you thought you knew.

The Office of Social Justice & Activism sponsors many fun and educational events during the year Join us and celebrate!

Social Justice & Activism Events

Noble Transitions

Noble Transitions is a traditional event sponsored each year by the Office of Diversity and the African American Student Union (AASU), which recognizes the academic achievements and contributions of graduating all students of underrepresented populations, both undergraduate and graduate, at Otterbein University. Parents, relatives, and friends are invited to the celebration.

Each graduate that participates in Noble Transitions receives an African kente cloth with the graduation year on it to be worn during the official graduation ceremonies.

Gospel Festival

The annual Gospel Festival, held each spring, is full of praise, worship, song, dance, poetry and much more! The festival features the Otterbein Gospel Choir and other campus choirs and soloists. This event is free and the public is invited to celebrate with us.

International Night

International Night is a popular annual event organized by the Office of Social Justice & Activism and the International Student Association (ISA). It features international cuisine, exciting music, costumes, and talent from many cultures. Recipes for the dinner are submitted by international members of the Otterbein community, and prepared by our dining service. Students, faculty, staff, host families of international students, alumni, and the community at large come together to enjoy a great evening!

Introduction to Kwanzaa Celebration

The Office of Diversity invites everyone to join in a celebration of African American culture at the annual Introduction to Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is an African American/Pan-African holiday held from December 26 – January 1 and created in 1966 to reinforce the bonds among African American people, the African Diaspora and African culture. The Introduction to Kwanzaa celebration teaches the Otterbein community about the traditions and seven principles of Kwanzaa: (The Nguzo Saba): Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).

Other OSJA Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Events

  • November 12, 2019: Native American Heritage Month Featured Guest Speaker: Dr. James Owen | Library 118 | 4:00 pm
  • November 5, 2019: Heritage Month Film Series: Embrace of the Serpent (Clips & Conversation) | Towers 112 | 4:00 pm
  • August 19-21, 2019: International Student Orientation
  • August 17-21, 2019: NEST First-Year Student Program
  • April 26, 2019: Noble Transitions | Riley Auditorium | 7:00 pm
  • April 21, 2019: Noble Transitions | Riley Auditorium | 7:00 pm
  • March 20-24, 2019: Social Justice Week
  • March 8, 2019: In the Work Place: Navigating the Professional World while Holding a Marginalized Identity | Campus Center | 11:30 am
  • February 20, 2019: Double Standards (Collaboration with MOV and AASU) | Roush 213 | 7:00 pm
  • February 16: Slam Poetry featuring spoken word artist Kwynn Riley (Collaboration with CAB) | Riley Auditorium | 7:00 pm