Sixth Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference Scheduled

​​March 13, 2015 - Newark, OH - The 6th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference will be held April 10, 2015 from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the John Gilbert Reese Center, Room 125 on the shared campus of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark.​

People from all walks of life sometimes face challenges because of differences in belief, sexuality and culture, creating misunderstandings that can even lead to discrimination. To help combat these problems and foster healthy relationships within the local community, both institutions are hosting the Community Intercultural Relations Conference.

 Local business leaders, social services, residents, and college students, staff and faculty will engage in interactive activities, including a world café to become effective agents for change. During the conference, attendees will gain a better understanding of how implicit bias can influence the many ways we engage with each other. By raising public awareness of differences in sexual and cultural beliefs, the conference hopes to make the community of Newark a more inclusive environment better able to support persons with diverse backgrounds.

The event is sponsored by Ohio State Newark and COTC along with the Community Intercultural Relations Committee (CIRC).  CIRC is comprised of leaders from Boeing, COTC, Denison University, Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Licking County Jobs and Family Services, Mental Health America of Licking County, Ohio State Newark, State Farm, United Way of Licking County and participating community members.

Admission to the conference is $15 and includes lunch. Please RSVP online by April 3rd:​ or by contacting Vorley Taylor at 740-366-9443 or Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. The Reese center is located at 1209 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055.

Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark  have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio.  At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program.  The Ohio State University at Newark offers the best of the Big Ten educational experience, access to Ohio State's 175 major programs, a rich research heritage and academic excellence.