Additional Learning Opportunities
Open Doors is about building a foundation in how to be a member of a diverse community and a collective of people who care and wish to improve the campus community and climate for all people at The Ohio State University.
It is important the Open Doors Partners continue their education and build their knowledge base to better serve people who are coming to them for support around bias.
The following are a list of great programs and trainings that we suggest to Open Doors Partners:
Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement Certificate Program (D.I.C.E.)
Do you want to show employers that you have experience in working with diverse persons? If so then, D.I.C.E. might just be for you!
D.I.C.E. is a certificate earning program for undergraduate, graduate and professional students interested in enhancing their Ohio State experience through co-curricular involvement focused on diversity, social justice, service and leadership. Through this program, students gain valuable skills in leadership and diversity. D.I.C.E. provides diversity training through experiential learning and serves as a unique way of supporting student identity and interpersonal development. D.I.C.E. students will receive a certificate in Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement at the end of the academic year. This certificate will verify to employers and graduate schools that recipients are prepared to live and work in a diverse environment and are committed to improving their communities.
is the OSU Suicide Prevention training program designed to help the OSU community prevent suicide by teaching faculty, staff and students how to:
Recognize warning signs
Engage with empathy
Ask directly about suicide
Help suicidal individuals to access care and treatment
The Safe Zone project seeks to create a safer and more inclusive environment for all members of the campus community by reducing heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia. Through the training program and the display of Safe Zone stickers, the project creates a visible and supportive network of allies within the campus community who have basic knowledge about issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. Participating in the Safe Zone project indicates willingness and commitment to provide an atmosphere of tolerance, acceptance, and assistance that is free of judgment. The choice to post a Safe Zone sticker is a decision to make a visible statement that others can easily identify.
Enroll in ES HESA 2577: Crossing Identity Boundaries: A Journey Towards Intercultural Leadership
Now that you aware of issues of bias on campus, Social Justice Engagement (SJE) initiatives give you the skills and tools you need to have dialogue around topics of who you are and how you can find out more about your friends and fellow students. ES HESA 2577 courses allow space for people to come together for facilitated and safe dialogue.
Crossing Identity Boundaries is a three-credit course designed to bring together students from different cultural and social identity groups in a facilitated learning environment. Interactive dialogues engage students in exploring issues of diversity and inequality as well as their personal and social responsibility for building a more just university and society. Students gain valuable leadership skills that they can effectively utilize long beyond the classroom.
Multiple sections of the course are offered each Fall and Spring semesters. The course is listed on Buckeyelink as ES HESA 2577: Leadership and Intergroup Dialogue.
Take a Diversity & Identity Studies Collective (DISCO) Course
The Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU is an interdisciplinary and university-wide project that seeks to coordinate and foster collaboration among a number of departments and academic programs that focus on aspects of diverse identities.
Participate in the InterACT Program
The InterACT Theatre Project for Social Change is a collaborative project co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Faculty & Teaching Assistant Development at The Ohio State University.
The InterACT program is a novel and engaging program that uses theatre as its foundation for exploring issues on campus as well as challenges in the classroom. One of InterACT's missions is to integrate the university audience with the onstage performers in meaningful and substantive dialogue in a safe and controlled environment. Some of the issues include experiences of student veterans on campus, the experience of a sexual assault survivor or relationship abuse survivor, suicide prevention and diversity inclusion.
The InterACT Program can either be taken as a graduate level class for credit (where you actually participate in the creation of an InterACT play!) or you can attend one of their showings as an audience member.
For more information on InterACT's schedule of shows or enrollment in the class visit the Interact website.