Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Next Steps

The Open Doors Program is just one part, perhaps the first part, of how you can work to become a more engaged student, staff member, ally, or global citizen.

There are two easy things you can do to continue your path towards global citizenship.

The first is to stay in contact. If at any point you need help or support, email opendoors@osu.edu or talk with a fellow Open Doors Partners. Coordinators for Open Doors will check in with you on a semester basis to see how you are doing: feel free to check in with us!

The second thing you can do is seek out opportunities to become more engaged with others at the university so that you can maximize your knowledge and exposure to all that the university has to offer in regards to better relating to your fellow students, fellow workers and fellow human beings.

Here is a short list of next steps you can take (if you haven't already!):

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.

Learn more about ES HESA 2577

Join the 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.

Learn more about DICE

Become a Safe Zones Ally

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.

Learn more about Safe Zones

Become a Suicide Gatekeeper

The OSU Campus Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. To minimize the incidence of suicidal behavior among Ohio State students, the OSU Campus Suicide Prevention Program is offering a free training program to all OSU groups interested in learning more about suicide prevention and intervention.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General's National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a "gatekeeper" is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and intervene appropriately. Campus suicide prevention gatekeepers can include parents, friends, student group leaders, coaches, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, supervisors/employers, police officers, advisors, facilities staff, and others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk for suicide.

Learn more about Suicide Gatekeepers

Study abroad

The Office of International Affairs facilitates international opportunities for our students and faculty and makes educational resources accessible for the campus, our international guests and the community beyond. We celebrate diverse cultures, foster the exchange of ideas and support the growing international dimension of Ohio State.

Learn more about studying abroad

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.

Learn more about Diversity & Identity Studies Collective courses

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.