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OU hosts diversity workshop, film

IRONTON — Ohio University Southern will host two events Thursday as part of its Diversity Lecture and Performance Series. On Thursday morning, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., OUS will host a workshop entitled, “Taking a Stand: Creating Safe Schools for All Students.” The introductory workshop is designed for school and university personnel, and uses video and hands-on activities to examine the obvious and subtle ways bias is expressed in schools. It offers resources for creating campuses that are safe for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Middle and high school English teacher Jason Di Giulio, of Canaan, Vt., is the facilitator. Di Giulio has been recognized by the University of Vermont as an “Outstanding Educator and by Claes Nobel as an “Educator of Distinction.” He was also recently awarded the Angelo J. Dorta Excellence in Teaching Award for his work with LGBT students, differentiated instruction and advocacy for the teaching profession. The workshop will be held in the Bowman Auditorium, pre-registration is required. Contact Robert Pleasant at pleasanr@ohio.edu or (740) 533-4600. Di Giulio will also be presenting an evening lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m., also in the auditorium. Following the presentation, the documentary film “FagBug” will be screened as part of OUS’s UnderExposed Film Series. The film follows Erin Davies, of Troy, New York on a 58-day road trip across the U.S. and Canada, after her Volkswagen Beetle was vandalized with the words “Fag” and “U R gay” in 2007. Davies was targeted because she had a placed a rainbow sticker on the vehicle. In the film, which premiered in 2009, Davies interviews individuals and speaks out against hate crimes. For more information about the UnderExposed Film Series, contact Brad Bear at (740) 533-4576.