Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Message From Dr. J

Message From Dr. J

"At The Ohio State University we believe that each and every one of our students deserves to be respected and celebrated for who they are. Come learn what it truly means to be a Buckeye and see how Student Life is helping make The Ohio State University the best place to achieve, learn, and be you!"

Javaune Adams-Gaston, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Life

What is Open Doors?

What is Open Doors?

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!

Update from the 2015-2016 School Year

Update from the 2014-2015 School Year

Open Doors has reached over 1,900 students, faculty, and staff in the 2015-16 academic year. Further, we held 236 workshops bringing our number of certified Open Doors Partners to 2464 people who are committed to responding to bias and hate on both the Columbus campus and OSU campuses across the state. We are excited to see our partnerships grow and for continued enthusiasm for creating safe spaces for all. 

The Three Program Modules:

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1 Understanding: 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 Awareness: 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 Action: 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.