Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

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Open Doors is a 3-part training program sponsored by the Multicultural Center in the Office of Student Life and connected to the goals of BART in reducing bias on campus. Open Doors is one way we are reaching out to all Buckeyes so that they know OSU is a place where they can be who they are. Come learn how you can make a difference and become an Open Doors Partner!

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Update from the 2012-2013 School Year

Open Doors has reached over 1,700 students, faculty, and staff in the 2012-13 academic year. Further, we held 105 workshops last year bringing our number of certified Open Doors Partners to 948 people who are committed to responding to bias and hate on both the Columbus campus and OSU campuses across the state. At our current rate, we are well on our way to meeting our 2017 objective of offering 125 trainings annually at the Ohio State University.

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The Three Program Modules:

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1 Identifying and Interrupting Bias

This is an introduction to what bias is, what it looks like, how to report it, and how to interrupt it when it is taking place.

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2 Sharing Identities/ Empathetic Listening

This is an exercise in empathetic listening. Our belief is that there are both restorative power in listening to a person's story and opportunities for empowering the person.

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3 Working with Persons in Distress

This module helps participants recognize signs of persons in distress and gives them information around referrals for service in the event that students need more than just someone to listen to them and validate their stories.