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September 13, 2013
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This week, I attend the Reza Aslan lecture, sponsored by First Year Experience. Some of you may have heard about Reza Aslan in the news after he gave an interview on Fox News about his recent book. (For the full interview, click here.)


During the lecture, Reza was asked about this recent interview and the impact the interview had on his life. What I found very interesting was that he said that the Fox News interview was only him for a very brief period of time. In reality, he stated, his interview led to bigger discussions about topics such as the role of religion in our society and biases people often carry with them. As an academic, he discussed how these discussions made him very excited because it meant the people outside the walls of academia were having meaningful discussions about social justice. As a fellow academic and as someone who is passionate about social justice education, his statement really resonated with me and made me even more excited about Social Justice Engagement and our role in serving students.


We hope you take some time to check out our upcoming SJE events. In this newsletter, we are also highlighting several events during Ally week. For those interested in our DICE (Diversity, Intercultural, and Community Engagement) certificate, DICE approved events are highlighted below.


We hope to see you soon!

Mitsu Narui, PhD

Assistant Director, Academic Initiatives  




September 16: Selfies for Social Justice: Ally Week Kick-Off
ally weekAlly Week is an initiative that seeks to reach out to the entire Ohio State campus community in an effort to encourage students, staff and faculty to "Build CommUNITY" with and on behalf of people who are of a different race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual identity, gender identity/expression, socioeconomic class, or other identity different than their own.


Each of the week's events and programs are heavily focused on the themes of awareness, education and action. Ally Week sponsors, The Student Life Multicultural Center, Greek Life and University Residences, are invested in working with the Ohio State community to share the information and tools necessary for everyone to actively participate as an "ally" to members of our campus and Central Ohio community.


Join us beginning on Monday, September 16 at Noon 4-8 pm in the Multicultural Center to Pose for an Ally Week Photo explaining why you stand as an ally to a person, or a group, who is different from you, and to learn more about the different programs and activities you can get involved in during this week.

Selfies for Social Justice--Make your statement!


For more information, contact Angie Wellman (wellman.63@osu.edu).

September 17:  How to Be an Ally
Multicultural Hands

The "Becoming an Ally" workshop provides a space to explore how to be supportive and respectful to each other across identities and experiences, and to ask questions and engage in conversation.


The discussion will take place on September 17 in the Interfaith Room of the Ohio Union from 6-8 pm.


Come to this workshop to:

  • Explore different social identities
  • Think critically about institutional racism
  • Learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities
  • Discuss faith and spirituality
  • Recognize privilege, and discover how to address it

Participants will leave the training with newfound awareness and concrete strategies that can be used toward making our campus and larger communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone.  Resource materials and Ally buttons will be provided.  Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend! For more information contact Angie Wellman and wellman.63@osu.edu


This events also counts toward your D.I.C.E. Ally Certificate so be sure bring your D.I.C.E. card or request one if you don't already have one.




September 19: Ariel Luckey workshop on Immigration & Performance

Ariel LuckeyAriel Luckey is a nationally acclaimed poet, actor and playwright whose performance and community work dances in the crossroads of education, art and activism. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Ariel was named a "Visionary" by the Utne Reader for the innovation and quality of his first solo show Free Land. Commissioned by the National Performance Network in partnership with La Peņa Cultural Center and the White Privilege Conference, Free Land has toured across the country at over 50 theaters and universities. In 2010, SpeakOut - the Institute for Democratic Education and Culture published a DVD of Free Land and the accompanying Free Land Curriculum Guide, an arts-based model for social justice pedagogy.


Time: Thursday, September 19, 2013 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Maudine Cow Room


Furthermore, In celebration of Ally Week 2013 and Hispanic Heritage Month, The Student Life Multicultural Center, in partnership with University Residences and Greek Life, are pleased to present Ariel Luckey at 7 pm on September 19 in the US Bank Conference Theater of the Ohio Union.


For more information, contact Angie Wellman (wellman.63@osu.edu) or Indra Levya (leyva-santiago.1@osu.edu).

Septemeber 19: Community Cinema: The Graduates/Los Graduados
filmJoin the Student Life Multicultural Center as they sponsor Community Cinema to show The Graduates/Los Graduados. This film by Bernardo Ruiz speaks of the pressing issues in education today as explored through the eyes of a divesre array of Latina and Latino adolescents from across the United States and the challenges facing both the students, their families, educators, and community leaders.



All Community Cinema screenings are held in the Student Life Multicultural Center located on the 1st floor of the Ohio Union on Thursdays from 4pm-5pm. For more information, contact Nicole Nieto (nieto.12@osu.edu).



This events also counts toward your D.I.C.E. Ally Certificate so be sure bring your D.I.C.E. card or request one if you don't already have one.

September 18:  The View at OSU

Themes such as oppression, difference, and interconnectedness will come to the forefront during this lively panel discussion, "The View at OSU" that will take place in the Great Hall Meeting Room One of The Ohio Union on September 18 from 7-9 pm.

Students will share their perspectives and personal experiences as African-American, Asian, LGBT, Latino, Jewish, and Mixed Race students on our campus. Panelists will also discuss ideas that, if implemented, can help participants create safe and inclusive spaces in our residence halls and classrooms.

Attendees will leave this dialogue with newfound awareness of different identity groups at Ohio State, along with concrete strategies that can be used toward making our campus and larger communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone.

Resource materials and Ally buttons will be provided. All are welcome to attend!


This events also counts toward your D.I.C.E. Ally Certificate so be sure bring your D.I.C.E. card or request one if you don't already have one.


September 20: Learning From Your Community with Hannah Tyler


Learning From Your Community is an opportunity for students to interact with Columbus community members during a monthly dialogue series hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center.  



Columbus community members involved in government, nonprofits and business organizations are invited to share their expertise and experience with students.  Learning From Your Community provides networking and service opportunities for students.  This program is in collaboration with AIDE.

A light lunch is provided.


This month's speaker is Hannah Tyler, Executive Director of the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR).  We hope to see you there!

For more information please contact Nicole Nieto, nieto.12@osu.edu.

Time: Friday September 20, 201312: PM - 1:00 PM

Location: Multicultural Center Office of Student Life - Suite 1000   



This events also counts toward your D.I.C.E. Ally Certificate so be sure bring your D.I.C.E. card or request one if you don't already have one.