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About Diversity Awareness

In an effort to promote diversity and community, and to create a more inclusive work environment, the DAS Diversity Committee raises greater awareness of the achievements of all minorities through diversity showcase events. These events range from art displays, featured speakers, musical performances, and more. For more information about the Diversity Committee, or any of their scheduled events, contact the DAS Equal Opportunity Division at 614-466-8380.

Awareness Events

Black History Month

The DAS Diversity Committee partnered with the Ohio Departments of Developmental Disabilities, Job and Family Services, and Public Safety to present several events in recognition of Black History Month during February. These events included a panel discussion on education, a movie series and an information session on the Underground Railroad. In addition, a large, enthusiastic crowd in the Rhodes Tower lobby enjoyed a festive celebration with dancers and spoken word artists. Art created by local African American artists was on display throughout February in the Rhodes Tower lobby as well. 

 




Top Center: The Transit Arts Performance Group captivated a Rhodes Tower audience on Feb. 23, one of several Black History Month celebrations held throughout February.

Pictured (from left) are BHB (Brothers helping Bruthas),“The Artist” Ms. Taylor, Richard Duarte Brown, Andre Barrett, Jr., Andrew Doak, Jon Spain, Jonathan “Jonomatic” Ely, Jordan “BBX” Reid, Katerina Harris and Vincent Harris. (Photo by Karen Mager.) 


Left Photo: Katerina Harris of Transit Arts delivers a powerful spoken word presentation.

Right Photo: Jordan “BBX” Reid of Transit Arts challenged the audience to guess how many sounds he could make using his mouth at one time. BBX, which stands for “Beats in a Box,” created eight sounds during one song. (Photos by Susan Russell.)

Women's History Month

DAS Diversity Committee announces Women’s History Month activities

To commemorate Women's History Month in March, the DAS Diversity Committee and its partners within the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio Department of Public Safety have created a schedule of activities to celebrate “Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,” the 2017 national theme for the month.

The following event will take place from noon to 1 p.m.:

Living history performances
Learn about Ohio native Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president and to speak before Congress. Rachel Edwards will portray events from Woodhull’s life. In addition, Valerie Hamill will portray Major Pauline Cushman, a Civil War spy. Steve Ball will accompany the performance by playing a pre-Civil War guitar.

Thursday, March 23 – Rhodes Tower, Lobby 

 

Valerie Hamill, portraying Major Pauline Cushman, Spy of the Cumberland.



Rachel Edwards will portray Ohio native Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president and to speak before Congress. 





Steve Ball will accompany the performance by playing a pre-Civil War guitar.


Fly Girls tells story of Women Airforce Service Pilots
As part of its commemoration of Women's History Month in March, the DAS Diversity Committee is presenting a Tuesday documentary series. All documentaries are shown from noon to 1 p.m.

Fly Girls – This 60-minute PBS documentary features the largely unknown story about the Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II.
Tuesday, March 14 
Rhodes Tower, Multi-Purpose Room
4200 Surface Road, Buckeye Room
Job and Family Services (JFS) AirCenter, Room A119

The other two showings will feature the PBS documentary One Woman, One Vote, which is about the women's suffrage movement. 

One Woman, One Vote
Part I: Tuesday, March 21
Rhodes Tower, Multi-Purpose Room
4200 Surface Road, Buckeye Room

Part II: Tuesday, March 28
Rhodes Tower, Multi-Purpose Room
4200 Surface Road, Aspen Room

Book discussion groups 
Participate in a moderated discussion about two books, “How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life” by Joanna Barsh, Susie Cranston and Geoffrey Lewis and “The Heart of a Woman” by Maya Angelou.
Thursday, March 30 
Rhodes Tower, Multi-Purpose Room 
4200 Surface Road, Buckeye Room
JFS AirCenter, Room A119

 

 

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