Office of Student Life

Sorority and Fraternity Life

SOE Opportunities - Inclusive Excellence (formerly Diversity Commitment)

Inclusive Excellence Description

Program Requirement: Chapter completes at least 1 program focused in diversity, inclusion or Social Justice each semester.  This program should connect to chapter goals outlined in their annual plan.  Themes may include ability status, ethnicity, gender/gender identity/gender expression, immigration status, race, religion, sexuality, social class, veteran status.  Other topics must be preapproved by the Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life or their designee. 

OSU Partnerships

Partner with these Ohio State departments and organizations to register for their approved programs.

  • Allies for Diversity Workshops
    • Presentation times are based on the availability of the Allies for Diversity executive board members and interested chapters must provide a space for the presentation on campus. Please contact alliesfordiversity@gmail.com or roush.220@osu.edu if interested.
    • Presentation Options
      • Women in the Media
        • This presentation will discuss topics such as representation of women in the media and the male gaze in various forms of media such as movies, television, and advertisements, Additional discussion topics include the Bechdel Test and common stereotypes associated with sororities.
      • Female Faces of OSU
        • This presentation will discuss the women of Ohio State, issues women in academia face, issues women face in their day-to-day lives, sexual harassment, the oversexualization of young women, and double standards women face.
      • Understanding Privilege
        • This presentation will discuss what is privilege, where privilege can be seen, the different ways people can be have privilege, and equality vs. equity.
      • Racist Mascots
        • This presentation will discuss why we use mascots, why some mascots are considered offensive or problematic, the debate surrounding changing offensive mascots, and advocacy being done to change certain mascots.
  • Disability Services 201: Identity and Inclusion Workshops
  • IGNITE: Women in Politics at OSU General Meetings
    • IGNITE is a John Glenn College-sponsored student organization and is housed under the professional development initiative Programs for Ohio Women Empowered to Represent (POWER).
    • IGNITE OSU meets every Wednesday from 6pm-7pm in Page Hall. Activities vary by meeting but include guest speakers, open dialogues, and socials. All are welcome, and snack provided!
      • Dates: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22
    • Please contact igniteohiostate@gmail.com for questions or to RSVP.
  • Multicultural Center
  • SARNCO: OhioHealth Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio
    • Presentation Options (email Jeffrey.Puster@ohiohealth.com to schedule workshops)
      • "Engaging Men: Changing Gender Norms & Bystander Intervention"
        • This workshop also counts for the Safety, Health & Wellness SOE requirement, but your chapter cannot use it to fulfill both requirements simultaneously. For instance, if you count it for your Safety/Health/Wellness requirement, you cannot also count it for the Diversity requirement, or vice versa.
  • Social Change
    • Workshop Options: I Am Social Change, Examining the Social Change Leadership Model and Servant Leadership Theory, Poverty and Education Inventory, Implicit Bias.

Approved SOE Opportunities

Please check here throughout the semester for more SOE opportunities.

Women's Wellness Workshop (hosted by MCC Women Student Initiatives for Women's History Month) 

  • Monday March 2nd 6:30-8:30pm Curl View Point
    • Join UBWA in empowering women to be their best selves physically, mentally, emotionally, and nutritionally. Our wellness evening will feature engaging speakers, interactive sessions, free food & gifts for every attendee, and raffles prizes for items like a float session at True REST Float Spa! Please wear comfy clothes and shoes as we'll engage in a beginner fitness and yoga session. Bringing a yoga mat is optional (UBWA will provide a limited number).
  • RSVP is required -- please click here
  • Ask questions to Madison Eagle at eagle.41@osu.edu.
  • This program may also count towards a Safety, Health & Wellness SOE, but may not be counted for both SOE requirements.

Women's Night Market (hosted by MCC Women Student Initiatives for Women's History Month) 

  • Tuesday March 3rd 6-9pm Archie Griffin Ballroom
    • Celebrate Women’s History Month 2020 by attending the Women’s Month Night Market at Ohio State University! From 7-9pm on Tuesday, March 3rd, dozens of women-owned and women-serving Columbus businesses, social enterprises, nonprofits, and student organizations will take over the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union to share their stories, introduce you to their passions, and sell their wares. A variety of Ohio State student artist groups will perform and women leaders will lead lightning talks and discussions throughout the evening. This event is FREE and open to the public.

  • Register to attend at https://womensmonthnightmarketcbus.eventbrite.com. Contact Courtney Clark at clark.3131@osu.edu with questions!

Men as Allies Dinner

  • Thursday, March 5th 6:30-8:30pm Fawcett Center
    • In honor of International Women's Day, Undergraduate Business Women's Association is hosting a "Men as Allies" dinner with the goal of creating a safe and open environment where men can discuss and learn about women's experiences in the workforce, the benefits of female leadership, and how they can serve as allies. Frank Sasso (President of Kaufman Development) will be the evening's keynote speaker. The event will also feature a panel with Lori Kaiser (CEO of Kaiser Consulting) and her male ally, Fred Urbanek (Director of Corporate Finance at Worthington Industries). Dinner is provided and RSVP is required.
  • Primary target audience is men, but open to all.
  • Register to attend at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd_D9Zw_HBJv_rbtWcCTcyW9zX7ORBbvDjwgVvaidR6ExkItQ/viewform. Contact Madison Eagle at eagle.41@osu.edu with questions!

Sesquicentennial - 150 of Women's Activism at OSU (hosted by MCC Women Student Initiatives for Women's History Month) 

  • Tuesday March 17th 7pm US Bank Conference Theater
    • Please join Women Student Initiatives for a panel discussion on the history of Women’s Activism, Advocacy and Social Change to commemorate OSU’s Sesquicentennial. Our panelist include current and former leaders and change makers including Christine Ballengee Morris, Rebecca Nelson, and Nicole Nieto.

    • Ask questions and RSVP to Madison Eagle at eagle.41@osu.edu.

Community Connections with Fat Babes Club of Columbus

  • Monday, March 23rd 6-8pm Ohio Union Ohio Staters Traditions Inc Room
    • Join Women Student Initiatives for a discussion with the Fat Babes Club of Columbus, a public social group devoted to building visibility, community, and resources for folx with marginalized bodies by celebrating babes of all sizes, gender identities and expressions, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and abilities in Columbus. Learn more about them here.
  • Ask questions and RSVP to Madison Eagle at eagle.41@osu.edu.

An Evening with Kai Davis (hosted by MCC Women Student Initiatives for Women's History Month) 

  • Tuesday March 24th 7-9pm Great Hall Meeting Room
    • Please join Women and LGBTQ Student Initiatives to celebrate Women’s History Month with the powerful Kai Davis. Kai Davis (she/her) is a Black Queer writer, performer and teaching artist from Philadelphia. Kai received her BA in both Africana Studies and English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Temple University. Her work explores Blackness, Queerness, womanhood, and the many ways these identities converge. Kai’s work examines how power operates globally, nationally, interpersonally, and internally. She speaks on structural racism, misogyny, Black womanhood, ancestral trauma, mental health, intersectionality, Queer love, Black love, and more. Learn more about Kai Davis’ work here.

  • Ask questions and RSVP to Madison Eagle at eagle.41@osu.edu.

SPARK with Meghna Mahambrey

  • Monday, March 30th 6-8pm Ohio Union Ohio Staters Traditions Inc Room
    • Join Women and Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Student Initiatives for a Relationship and Sexuality workshop with Meghna Mahambrey. Award-winning instructor and Ph.D. candidate Meghna Mahambrey studies, teaches, and conducts research on all things romance and sex. She has been instructing college courses for a decade, presents original research at national and international conferences, and was a featured speaker at TEDxColumbus in 2019
  • Ask questions and RSVP to Madison Eagle at eagle.41@osu.edu.
  • This program may also count towards a Safety, Health & Wellness SOE, but may not be counted for both SOE requirements.

Additional SOE Opportunities (NOT Automatically Approved)

Check out these additional resources for ideas to create your own SOE event. Please note that you must still fill out an SOE approval form (located at the top of this page) for any of these events. They are not automatically approved.