12th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference to Address Racial Justice


The events of the past year have left many with unanswered questions relating to racial justice. 

Are you feeling a sense of “now what” and wondering what you can do in your own life to advance the rights of others? Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark’s Community Intercultural Relations Committee will hold the 12th Annual Community Intercultural Conference which will include speakers, information, and tools to address these questions and materials to help make informed decisions.

The conference, Racial Justice Requires Equity and Me, will be held on Friday, April 9 from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. in a virtual setting that will include live discussions, workshops and pre-recorded videos.


J. Love Benton, PhD – Columbus State Community College and Temple University Adjunct Professor

J. Love Benton, african-american woman,  smiling at camera

Benton recently published her dissertation, entitled Culturally Collaborative Teaching: A Path Toward Black Student Learning, that reveals a new framework for education that works to create transformational change to ensure the experience of equitable education for black students in the K-12 system. She earned her PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.

Simma Lieberman – Workplace Inclusivity Consultant, Speaker, Advisor and Facilitator

Simma Lieberman, white woman, smiling at camera

Lieberman, “The Inclusionist,” creates inclusive cultures where employees love to do their best work and customers love to do business. She has consulted for organizations including Intel, Diageo, McDonalds, Sonoco, Oracle and the U.S. Department of Transportation. She hosts a weekly cross-race podcast on race and has authored several books and articles on diversity and inclusion. Lieberman earned her Master of Arts in Health Education from Columbia Pacific University.

Concurrent Facilitator

Eric Jorrey – Central Ohio Technical College Sociology Instructor

SHRM #21-R62AK 4.25 re-certification approved hours for Human Resources Professionals by Chamber of Commerce (HRCI tentative).  PAA has approved 3.5 CEUs #20-830048, awarded by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Tentative 3.5 CEUs are being reviewed for Counselors and Social Workers by Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio, Inc.

Conference cost is $30. Register by March 29 at go.osu.edu/interculturalrelations. Questions may be directed to Vorley Taylor at taylor.1051@osu.edu or 740.366.9443.

The 12th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference is sponsored by:

Gold: Licking Memorial Health

Silver: Boeing Company, Park National Bank

Bronze: United Way of Licking County, Denison University, Energy Cooperative

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.