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OU offers anti-bullying, cultural workshop


Ohio University will have two workshop and training opportunities in the month of May.

The first workshop, “Changing the Climate and Creating Success in Our Schools,” will be held on Friday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place in Bowman Auditorium. There is a $30 fee for anyone interested in a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) through eLearning Ohio, which also includes a lunch. The event is free for anyone not interested in obtaining the credit and it’s open to the public.

The workshop will address the non-academic needs of students to reduce risk behaviors and provide a safe and supportive learning environment for the 21st Century.

The event will include Ohio’s anti-bullying model policy, teen dating violence prevention, school bus safety, and school climate and Cyber safety. The workshop will be led by representatives from the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, and the Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success.

For more information on this workshop, contact Adam Fry at 740-547-3875 or frya@ohio.edu.

The second workshop, “Cultural Identities and Global Village,” will take place on Monday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The facilitator is Dr. Purba Das, who is the OUS assistant professor in communication studies. The campus location for the workshop is yet to be determined. The event will cost $15 for anyone interested in a CEU credit, which includes a lunch. Anyone interested in the credit without lunch will be required to pay $10. The workshop is free to anyone not interested in the credit and is open to the public.

Keeping in mind that the concepts of mutual understanding, inclusiveness and affirmation are guiding principles for Ohio University, this workshop encourages and promotes awareness of how various cultural markers contribute to one’s identity and how the saliency of these cultural markers varies from person to person and understanding existing perceptions of global demographics related to gender, nationality, spirituality, health status, educational level.

For more information, contact Dr. Das at 740-533-4595 or dasp@ohio.edu.