7th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference Scheduled

​​NEWARK, Ohio, March 29, 2016 — “When Inclusive is More Than a Word” is the topic for the 7th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the John Gilbert Reese Center, Melissa Warner Bow Grand Hall, on the shared campus of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark.

Conference presenters will help organizations look for ways, specifically through policies and procedures, to be more welcoming and inclusive. Presenters will examine mission and goal statements to determine if measurements and outcomes of inclusive practices are being m​et within organizations. All members of an organization – both employees and employers – are invited to attend.

“Everybody has a stake in inclusive language,” said Vorley Taylor, program manager of multicultural affairs at COTC and Ohio State Newark. “No one should feel isolated in their workplace.”

The Community Intercultural Relations Committee (CIRC) decides on the annual conference’s topic based on trends among local employers. The committee has seen that businesses, educational institutions and community agencies continually seek a diverse workforce. To retain quality employees, organizations need to identify what they can do to make sure people feel connected, especially underrepresented populations in the community, said Taylor. One way to do that is through inclusive language.

Admission to the conference is $15 and includes lunch. Register by April 4 either online at go.osu.edu/intercul​​​turalr​elations or by contacting Vorley Taylor at 740-366-9443 or taylor.1051@osu.edu. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. The Reese Center is located at 1209 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055.

The conference is sponsored by Ohio State Newark and COTC along with CIRC. CIRC is comprised of leaders from Boeing, COTC, Denison University, Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Licking County Job and Family Services, Mental Health America of Licking County, Ohio State Newark, State Farm, United Way of Licking County and participating community members.

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 COTC, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. Ohio State Newark offers the best of the Big Ten educational experience, access to Ohio State’s 200 majors, a rich research heritage and academic excellence.​​