Office of Student Life

Sorority and Fraternity Life

Speaker Series and Workshops

Speaker Series

Redefining Leadership & Tradition: Creating a Hazing-Free Student Experience

Dr. Jason Meriwether

Sponsored by Sorority and Fraternity Life, Greek Programming Board

  • September 13th, at 7:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Archie Griffin Ballroom, Ohio Union
  • Keynote will be livestreamed as well. Register Here.
  • Count as Risk Management & Harm Reduction SOE.
Road to Recovery: A Conversation with Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach

Sponsored by Ohio Union Activities Board

Join us for a moderated Q&A session with two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA World Cup Champion Abby Wambach. Abby is a former U.S. women's soccer player who, in the past, has suffered from substance abuse. However, after a long journey of rehabilitation, Abby is completely sober today. Abby is a true inspiration to us all and is a reminder that it is possible to reach recovery.

  • September 15th, at 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Performance Hall, Ohio Union
  • Obtain your ticket here and bring a valid BuckID.
  • Contact Tonya Dawson.195@osu.edu with questions.
  • Count as Risk Management & Harm Reduction SOE.
Safety Pillar

Dr. Lori Hart

Sponsored by Sorority and Fraternity Life & Greek Programming Board 

  • September 21st, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Archie Griffin Ballroom, Ohio Union
  • RSVP Here
  • Count as Risk Management & Harm Reduction SOE.
Let's Fix It Workshop

Sponsored by Sorority and Fraternity Life

  • September 21st, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Archie Griffin Ballroom, Ohio Union
  • Count as Risk Management & Harm Reduction SOE.
Latinx Heritage Month Keynote Speaker

Saul Flores

Sponsored by Multicultural Center

The Latinx Heritage Month Speeaker marks the kick off for the universisty-wide celebrations. The keynote speaker is Saul Flores, a philanthropist, photojournalist and speaker who is nationally recognized for his social impact projects. Through his most recent project, Saul documents the amazing lives of thousands of Latin American immigrants to fundraise for an elementary school in his mother’s hometown.

His work has been featured on National Public Radio, MSNBC and TEDX. Additionally, Saul has been featured as a keynote speaker for dozens of universities, inspiring audiences through his visual presentations, in which he helps people realize the capacity of their immense human potential given times of extreme adversity.

This program is in collaboration with USG.

  • September 23rd, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Performance Hall, Ohio Union
  • Count as Inclusive Excellence SOE.
Feeling the Aftershocks? Seeking Emotional and Spiritual Health in a Post-Pandemic World

Dr. Curt Thompson, MD

Sponsored by GreekCru, Cru, and the Thompson Institute.

Some might say that our experience of the pandemic has been a lot like an earthquake. The ground has shifted underneath us. The landscape of our existence is not the same.

Whether it has been shocking moments or the slow drip of pain, uncertainty, and loneliness, we have all experienced some form of trauma. Fresh exposure to injustice and cultural dissension regarding what to do about it has compounded the pain and confusion. News of wildfires, political upheaval, and literal earthquakes in places like Haiti can lead to despair or numbness of heart. Technological advancements built to help us to be more personally connected to others also produce habits of social isolation. 

Some of us began experiencing burnout months ago. Others of us have a lingering anxiety that we can’t seem to escape. Most of us have not been able to process all that has happened to us, and are just trying to get by.

Join respected psychiatrist, Curt Thompson MD, as he discusses the effects of this pandemic on us, and how we might pursue emotional and spiritual health in our new reality.

  • September 30th, at 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. EST
  • Location: Independence Hall (1923 Neil Avenue Columbus, OH 43210)
  • Contact alyssa.holaday@cru.org with questions. 
  • Count as Member Development OR Risk Management & Harm Reduction SOE.

Workshops

Stress, Social, and Digital (Virtual Option Available)

Sponsored by Student Wellness Center

Life's Tough, and So Are You! Navigating the stressors of college life can be overwhelming at times. Change or any type of transition can be hard! While individuals may be unable to prevent stressful events from occurring in their life, this presentation aims to provide students with the tools to better react and manage their response when experiencing the stressors of college life. This interactive session will give students an overview of resilience and stress management, increase their awareness of their ability to handle challenges and help students identify ways to build their resilience now and in the future. 

  • September 20th, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: HH0180
  • October 18th, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: HH0180
  • November 15th, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Virtual
Nutrition (Virtual Options Available)

Sponsored by Student Wellness Center

Fueling for Life! This interactive session provides students with the necessary information to navigate both on and offcampus dining as well as the grocery store. Students will gain knowledge to create well-balanced meals, identify nutritious snacks and address other topics like food preferences, portions, treats and more.

  • September 27th, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Virtual
  • October 25th, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: HH0180
  • November 22th, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Virtual
Safer Sex & Relationships (Virtual Options Available)

Sponsored by Student Wellness Center

Let's Talk About Sex! This presentation provides students with a greater understanding of their bodies, sexually transmitted infections, as well as ways to reduce their sexual health risks. It will also provide an overview of sexual health preventive care and resources available at Ohio State and in the community.

  • October 4th, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: HH0180
  • November 1st, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Virtual
  • November 29th, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Virtual
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (AOD 101)

Sponsored by Student Wellness Center

Students will learn the basics of alcohol including blood alcohol content, defining a standard drink, alcohol poisoning, warning signs and dispelling common myths surrounding the consumption of alcohol, as well as the basics of cannabis including current trends, information about legalization and dispel common myths. Participants will also take a deeper look into how cannabis can impact holistic health and daily life.

  • September 21st, at 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
  • Location: RPAC Dave Griner
  • October 11th, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: HH0180
  • November 8th, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: HH0180
  • December 6th, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Virtual
Power-Based Violence Workshop

Sponsored by Student Wellness Center

  • September 14th, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • RPAC Meeting Room 2
  • Count as Risk Management & Harm Reduction SOE.
Buckeyes Got Your Back

Sponsored by Student Wellness Center

Being an active bystander is one of the best ways to cultivate a culture of caring on campus. Join the Student Life Student Wellness Center to learn techniques for intervening in varying levels of potentially harmful situations and learn the importance of being an active bystander to prevent violence in any form. Participants will take the intervention styles quiz to help determine their most comfortable intervention style and gain confidence using all intervention styles.

  • September 22nd, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • RPAC Meeting Room 1
  • Count as Risk Management & Harm Reduction SOE.
Navigating Personal and Professional Relationships Dynamics

Sponsored by Student Wellness Center

Learning to navigate professional work culture can be challenging. Balancing new responsibilities, relationships, and a personal life can sometimes feel as if it is more than one can manage and become an additional stressor. This presentation aims to provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss tips for navigating workplace culture, balancing relationships, and determining personal and professional boundaries.

  • September 22nd, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
  • RPAC Meeting Room 3
  • Count as Member Development OR Risk Management & Harm Reduction SOE.
Leadership Workshops

Sponsored by Leadership Center

Click Here to check out upcoming workshops to strengthen your personal and chapter's leadership capacities.

  • Count as Member Development SOE. 
Social Justice Workshops

Sponsored by Multicultural Center

Click Here to check out upcoming workshops that focus on engaging in diverse workplaces and supporting equitable, positive social change.

  • Submit Request Form at least 3 weeks in advance.
  • Count as Member Development OR Inclusive Excellence SOE.
Identity Based Workshops

Sponsored by Multicultural Center

Click Here to check out upcoming workshops that focus on increasing awareness of the politics of identity and seeking a deeper understanding of dynamics of power and privilege.

OSU Votes

Sponsored by OSU Votes and Student Activities

Click Here to check out upcoming workshops that seek to educate and encourage chapter members to vote.

  • Submit Request Form at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • Count as Member Development OR Inclusive Excellence SOE.

Student Activities: Leadership Week

Click Here for full calendar of events.

Buckeyes Making Space: Leadership Strategies for Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Organizational Communities

One of the many great things about Ohio State is the opportunity to live and learn with others from all across the state, nation, and the world! This highly interactive workshop focuses on making space for new ideas, approaches, and perspectives from the group that can take our student organizations to the next level. During the session, the group will discuss the importance of making space, explore strategies for creating inclusive and welcoming environments, and share stories of what works for making space for others.

  • October 4th, at 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST
  • Location: Dave Griner Room, RPAC
  • Register Here
  • Contact Anna Wagner.1476 with questions.
  • Count as Inclusive Excellence SOE.
Personal Leadership Lunch & Learn (Virtual)

Find out what kind of leader you are by taking a quick assessment, learning from well-known leaders and building on your own emotional intelligence.

  • October 5th, at noon - 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Zoom
  • Register Here
  • Contact Anna Wagner.1476 with questions.
  • Count as Member Development SOE.
Won't You Be My Neighbor? A Guide to Being a Good Neighboor in the University District (Virtual)

Join Sorority and Fraternity Life and Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement for an engaging session on how to be a good neighbor!  Take the initiative in becoming a civically engaged leader in your community – by educating yourself! You will have the opportunity to ask questions, meet other neighbors and receive support as you begin on your community leadership journey.

  • October 5th, at 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Zoom
  • Register Here
  • Contact Anna Wagner.1476 with questions.
  • Count as Member Development SOE.
Who Are You and How Do You Show Up as a Leader? Let's Talk Authentic Leadership!

Do you feel yourself when you lead? In this session, we will dive deep into the identities and experiences that shape who we are and connect them to the ways we show up as leaders. Together, we will cultivate a mindset of authenticity and take ownership of our leadership styles.

  • October 5th, at 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Ohio Staters Inc. Founders Room, Ohio Union
  • Register Here
  • Contact Anna Wagner.1476 with questions.
  • Count as Member Development SOE.
Thank You for Coming to My TEDTalk: Public Speaking Basics (Virtual)

In this workshop, participating students will come to recognize themselves as public speakers. Through small-group practices in speaking, participating students will develop the confidence to share their ideas and better understand how to communicate those ideas with varying audiences. This workshop is ideal for students seeking practical tools to articulate themselves in new settings.

  • October 6th, at 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Location: Zoom
  • Register Here
  • Contact Anna Wagner.1476 with questions.
  • Count as Member Development SOE.
Good Trouble; Honoring John Lewis through Social Change and Political Mobilization (Virtual Option Available)

The panel honors the life and legacy of Humanitarian and Activist, John Lewis. Participants will examine a few of Congressman Lewis' pivotal contributions to the Civil Rights movement. Students will engage in personal introspection and critical thinking activities.  They will also be given strategies on how to mobilize persons according to common interests while considering a wide spectrum of socio-economic, political, and religious identities. The session gives particular emphasis to courage, collective work, civic engagement, political responsibility, and personal accountability.  Certain testimonials from Congressman Lewis' close friends, colleagues, and mentees will be included.

  • October 6th, at 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Location: Knight House
  • Register Here for virtual option.
  • Contact Anna Wagner.1476 with questions.
  • Count as Inclusive Excellence SOE.
Words Matter! Inclusive Language and our Buckeye Community (Virtual)

This program is designed to introduce participants to the concept of inclusive language. Participants will navigate different examples of inclusive language, how to address language concerns in their friend groups and/or organizations, and how it can be used to foster community and support fellow Buckeyes.

  • October 6th, at 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Zoom
  • Register Here
  • Contact Anna Wagner.1476 with questions.
  • Count as Inclusive Excellence SOE.
Uncovering Microaggressions in Fraternity/Sorority Life and Higher Education

Many Fraternity/Sorority communities are working toward creating a more equitable and just chapter/council cultures. Sometimes it can be easy to identify when something is offensive and sometimes it can be hard to notice. Together let’s uncover microaggressions, which are often the result of unconscious biases in the dominant culture, and frequently cause harm (intended and unintended). Effectively addressing microaggressions in Fraternity/Sorority Life can help dismantle systems of oppression and create inclusive spaces for members and potential new members. In this session, we will examine different types of microaggressions that affect Fraternity/Sorority Life and Higher Education settings as well as identify some microaggressions we might be responsible for using without knowing it.

  • October 7th, at 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: Hays Cape Room, Ohio Union
  • Register Here
  • Contact Anna Wagner.1476 with questions.
  • Count as Inclusive Excellence SOE.
Leadership and Vulnerability (Virtual)

In this workshop, students will learn to embrace discomfort and vulnerability as strengths. College students are exposed to many opportunities to develop their leadership efficacy, through student organizations, community service, and even academic engagements like research or living-learning communities. By embracing vulnerability, students will feel empowered to be their authentic selves which will translate into better outcomes both personally and professionally.

  • October 8th, at 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Location: Zoom
  • Register Here
  • Contact Anna Wagner.1476 with questions.
  • Count as Member Development SOE.