11th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference to Address Creating a Community of Belonging


As our communities encounter change, making them more inclusive and helping all to feel welcome is of even more importance. Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark’s Community Intercultural Relations Committee will hold the 11th Annual Community Intercultural Conference to teach techniques of inclusion and belonging to help each of us make true connections.

The conference, Continuing to Create a Community of Belonging, will be held on Friday, September 25 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in a virtual setting that will include live discussions and workshops and pre-recorded videos. True connections are achievable at every level of management, supervision, leadership, mentorship and friendship. Participants will learn active listening techniques that are practical and easy to apply for everyday conversations

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Keynote and Conference Facilitator 
Daniel Juday 
Juday loves traveling, meeting new people, and working to build bridges of understanding and empathy across challenging “divides.” He deeply believes that all people matter, and he’s spent much of his life working in roles that have allowed him to develop thinking around the nature of education and learning, relationship-building, and professional growth. Juday works with conference planners, learning and development leaders, nonprofit boards, and corporate entities – all in a pursuit to make the spaces they influence more inclusive. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a Master of Education. Juday will facilitate multiple sessions including Redefining Diversity and Exercising Inclusion and The Power of Authentic Connections and Relationships. 

Diversity Talks: This session will allow local individuals with diverse backgrounds the opportunity to talk about their experiences and the importance of community belonging. Attendees will be able to ask questions of the individuals chosen for this session after hearing from them.

Conference attendees may earn workplace certification credits:
Tentative CEUs and re-certifications for 3 credit hours are being reviewed for counselor and social work CEUs provided by Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio, Inc. and human resources professionals by Licking County Chamber of Commerce.*

Conference cost is $30. Register by September 21 at go.osu.edu/interculturalrelations. If previously registered for in-person conference, registration is not required. Questions may be directed to Vorley Taylor at taylor.1051@osu.edu or 740.366.9443.

The 11th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference is sponsored by:
Gold Sponsor: Licking Memorial Health Systems
Bronze Sponsors: United Way of Licking CountyDenison UniversityEnergy CooperativeBoeingDuchessPark National Bank and State Farm.
Supporters: First Federal Savings and Loan and Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities

* More information will be provided to registrants at a later date.

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 inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors.

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC has four campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.