8th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference Scheduled

NEWARK, Ohio, March 14, 2017 — “Diversity: Change and Growth Across Generations” is the topic for the 8th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the John Gilbert Reese Center, Melissa Warner Bow Grand Hall (Room 125), on the shared campus of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark.

Conference presenters will help attendees gain a better understanding of cross generational relationships within our communities and workplace. Currently, there are four generations in the workplace at the same time. It is predicted that within four years, there will be five generations with even more diverse expectations, behaviors and attitudes involving commitment, benefits and new technology expectations. In this conference, attendees will learn to identify the generational differences through presentations, interactive activities and discussions in preparation for the diverse challenges of a multigenerational workplace. The goal of the conference is to create a more inclusive environment that is supportive of all community members.

CIRC mark.jpgThe 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. All are invited to attend.

Admission to the conference is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Register by April 14 either online at http://www.cotc.edu/Life/mca-intercultural-relations or by contacting Multicultural Affairs Program Director 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 CIRCCIRC 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, Newark Police Department, Ohio State Newark, State Farm, United Way of Licking County and participating community representatives.

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 an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors.​​​​