Workshops/Programming Schedule

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Beyond the Dream Series at BGSU

Spring Semester 2021

The Beyond the Dream series is a series of speakers, events, and programs that embody the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This annual series takes place throughout the spring semester. Previous events have included Dr. Cornel West, Opal Tometi, Shaun King, and Tarana Burke. 

This year’s keynote speakers include Mirna Valerio, Dr. Talithia Williams, and Justin Shaifer! 

To view the series’s events, click here AND visit the Beyond the Dream webpage:

Black Alumni Council Event

Friday, February 5th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Lunch and Learn: Update on the BGSU community featuring BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers and Jennifer McCary, Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer. This event will take place via Zoom on Friday, February 5th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. To register click here.

Mirna Valerio, Author & Speaker

Saturday, February 6th from 9:00am to 12:00pm (Faculty & Staff) 

Mirna Valerio delivers a workshop for faculty and staff on Introduction to Identity, Social Justice, and Anti-Racism. Mirna will utilize breakout groups and share-outs for interactive, experiential learning. The overarching goal is to help people recognize and acknowledge their own thoughts, actions, and attitudes. As well as begin to make small changes in their daily lives with the goal of eradicating racism and the pernicious effects of all iterations of racism in their lives and in others. This event will take place virtually on Saturday, February 6th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. To register click here

Tuesday, February 9th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm & 1:00pm - 2:00pm (TRiO & Graduate Students)

Whether on social media, in real life, or in personal/professional relationships, your brand is what announces who you are, how you work, what lights your fire, and what you believe in. In this workshop, Mirna will use her own personal career trajectory as a framework for discovery of your own “story” and your ability to name and identify your personal brand. This event will take place virtually on Tuesday, February 9th:

Graduate Students: 12:00pm to 1:00pm

TRiO Students: 1:00pm - 2:00pm 

To register click here

Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00pm (ALL/Keynote Session)

Keynote with Mirna Valerio, Mirna Valerio delivers a keynote to the entire BGSU community on: Your Body is a Beautiful Work in Progress: Our Incredible, Beautiful Bodies. This event will take place virtually on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00pm. To register click here.

LGBTQ+ Possibility Model Series Higher Education

Tuesday, February 9th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

The LGBTQ+ Possibility Models series is presented by LGBTQ+ Programs, Deciding Student Program, and Marvin Center for Student Leadership to connect BGSU students, faculty, and staff with LGBTQ+ BGSU grads working as professionals in their fields. Panelists will share their experiences navigating their careers, how BGSU impacted their career aspirations, and how being a part of the LGBTQ+ community affects the work they do.

Partnering with the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) and Student Employment Services, this panel will feature BGSU graduates working in higher education:

  • Shaunda Brown-Rivera (she/her/ella)
    Assistant Director for Diversity, Admissions
    Bowling Green State University
  • Tiffany R. Smith (she/her/hers)
    Assistant Director of Diversity and Leadership
    Georgia Gwinnet College
    Nonviolence 365 Trainer, The King Center
  • Lee Roberts (they/them/theirs)
    Student Organizations Program Coordinator, Student Life & Leadership
    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

This event will take place on Tuesday, February 9th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. This event is free and open to everyone. To register click here

Next-Gen Conversation with Erin Upchurch

Thursday, February 11th from 12:30pm - 1:00pm

The discussion will center on historical and current struggles of queer and trans youth of color, as well as looking ahead toward the future. 

Join Student Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion in conversation with Erin Upchurch, Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Youth Center. This conversation will center on the historical and current struggles of queer and trans youth of color, as well as looking ahead toward the future. This conversation will be happening on Instagram Live @officialbgsufirelands 

Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a United Way of Central Ohio Funded Partner, a member of Community Shares of Central Ohio, and a certified member of the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations (OANO). We work in partnership with young people in Central Ohio to create safe and empowering environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth through advocacy, education, support and community engagement. This event will take place virtually on Thursday, February 11th from 12:30pm - 1:00pm. To join the stream click here.  

Keynote and Q&A with Dr. Talithia Williams, Big Data Expert, Math Professor, & Host of NOVA Wonders

Tuesday, February 16th (Sessions were recorded and are temporarily availble for review on YouTube)

A host of the PBS series, NOVA Wonders, Dr. Talithia Williams is a groundbreaking professor, popular TED speaker, inspiring author and passionate STEM/STEAM advocate. She has made it her life's work to get people of all ages and backgrounds excited about the bold possibilities of a STEM education and to “STEMpower” women and minorities to enter these professions. Her latest book, Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics reflects Williams’ passion to re-brand the field of mathematics as anything but dry, technical or male-dominated. Renowned for her popular TED Talk, “Own Your Body’s Data,” she advocates for all of us to deploy data as a way of taking charge of our own health. A vibrant, engaging and energizing speaker, Dr. Williams demystifies data, statistics, probabilities and the mathematical process in amusing and insightful ways. She also passionately champions the contributions of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians and their vital role in transforming our future. 

Described by audiences as engaging, relevant, funny, accessible, and a joy to work with, Dr. Williams captivates and inspires with her contagious enthusiasm for STEM in general and math in particular. Applying the data-driven approach made famous in her TED talk to a range of subjects, she takes sophisticated numerical concepts and makes them understandable to a wide audience, debunking perceptions with an energizing call to “show me the data!” This event will take place virtually on Tuesday, February 16th: 

Student Session: 12:00pm - 12:45pm 

Click to WATCH the recording of the student session

All/Keynote Session: 6:00pm - 7:15pm 

Click to WATCH the recording of the keynote session

Black Issues Conference 

Thursday, February 25th (Session recordings from this event will be available soon)

BIC 2021 will explore "Our Untold Stories", featuring a keynote, a panel of BGSU alumni, and sessions on culture and issues impacting the African American community. This event will take place on Thursday, February 25th from 9:30am to 4:00pm.

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Rest in Peace. Why Can’t We Live in Peace? 

Wednesday, September 16th

A panel discussion on the history of Black people’s fight for justice. With the recent deaths of Atatiana Jefferson, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and others, we often see hashtags like #RIP #SayHerName #BlackLivesMatter. Yet, these hashtags are generally associated with death. This program will explore what justice looks like instead of the reactions to injustices that have plagued us for centuries. Moderated by the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Ana Brown, this event will take place at 11:00 AM EST

Panelists include: 

  • Tom Edge, PhD - Associate Teaching Professor; Director of Undergraduate, School of Cultural and Critical Studies 
  • Denaja Haygood - BGSU Undergraduate Student
  • Tiffany Henderson, JD - BGSU Alumna 
  • Nicole Jackson, PhD - Associate Professor, Undergraduate Advisor, and Graduate Faculty 

To participate in this event, please use the WebEx linked to join. The password is "belong"

Voter Registration Day

Thursday, September 17th 

Hosted by the Center for Public Impact: Constitution Day, voter registration, Political Science lectures by Dr. Kim Wehle 

A Day of Dialogue 

Friday, September 18th

Join us for this Day of Dialogue as we explore our responsibility as a public university for the public good to address the difficulties we face with race, and the awareness we must have to change that. Joining Keynote speaker, McKinley E. Melton, Ph.D., will be representatives from the University Libraries, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for Public Impact, Graduate Student Senate, Diversity and Belonging, and more. 

Keynote Speaker

Melton earned his Ph.D. from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to joining the Gettysburg College faculty, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature at Hampshire College. He is the recipient of a 2015 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, a 2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University, and most recently named a 2019-20 ACLS Burkhardt Fellow and Scholar-in-Residence at the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University.

Dr. Melton’s teaching focuses on 20th Century African American and African diasporan literature, and his courses are designed to engage the intersections of social, political, and cultural movements as part of a critical approach to Africana literatures.

A lively and engaging public speaker, Dr. Melton has served as a presenter and panelist for many organizations including The College Language Association, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the National Association of Ethnic Studies, the National Black Arts Festival, and the Duke University Black Alumni Association. 

This event will be streaming via YouTube, beginning at 10:00 AM. 

We’ll Rise Up!

Tuesday, September 22nd

We'll Rise Up! is panel style virtual event, providing an inside look at the thoughts of current and former Black BGSU leaders on topics surrounding the rise of Black people as business owners, educators, innovators – LEADERS. This event will take place from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Panelists include:

  • Sharonda Glover, Principal Consultant
  • Summer Jordan, Black Student Union president
  • Sydney Howell, Leadership Development Program Coordinator 

To learn more about our panelist and to register for this event click here and following the division's instagram for event updates

Between Friends

A Frank Conversation on Racism and Injustice - A conversation between Dr. Sandy Earle and Sonia Whitehead 

Student Town Hall

Geared towards BGSU Students, the Student Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion (SACODI), a committee funneled through the Division of Diversity and Belonging and Undergraduate Student Government, will be hosting a student-led Town Hall. Intended to discuss the impact of recent community happenings, the purpose of this Student Town Hall is to provide BGSU students a space to debrief and express their thoughts and opinions regarding our current campus and community climate. This Town Hall will take place via Zoom on Monday, October 19th 2020 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm. To register, please click here and to submit topics of interest, please visit this link.

Truth is the Only Client: The Official Investigation in the JFK Assassination

Join us for an in-depth conversation into the investigation of the JFK assassination - a pivotal event in our nation's history that has influenced the public's trust in government and the quest for the truth. The panel will include JFK scholar and BGSU alumna, Judge C. Ellen Connally ‘67, Warren Commission attorney, Judge Burt Griffin, and the documentary’s filmmaker, Todd Kwait. A link to screen the documentary will be provided upon registration. Please bring questions for our panelists – they can be sent live during the discussion or emailed to us prior at This event will be held via WebEx (click to register) on Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 from 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Amplifying Black Voices with Gabrielle Shipley

Join Student Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion on BGSU Fireland's Instagram @officialbgsufirelands for a virtual conversation with Gabrielle Shipley, the owner of FlourChild Bakery LLC, and co-founder of Soursop Stories, a Cleveland-based dance project which merges various styles of Afro-Caribbean dance with modern dance to tell the stories of Caribbean diaspora and to convey and honor the experiences of other black diaspora worldwide. This event will take place on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 from 12:30pm - 1:00pm

1619 Podcast Discussion

Connecting past and present through the oldest forms of storytelling, ‘1619’ is a New York Times audio series, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, that examines the long shadow of American slavery. Join members of Diversity and Belonging as we discuss and reflect on podcast themes. This discussion will be taking place via Zoom on Friday, October 30th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Register to receive invite details. 

Not In Our Town – BG: United Against Hate Week! 

During the week of November 30th, join Not In Our Town – Bowling Green in honoring United Against Hate Week! United Against Hate Week is a call for local civic action within the community to stop the hate and implicit biases that are a dangerous threat to the safety and civility of our neighborhoods, towns and cities. Due to COVID-19, Not In Our Town – Bowling Green has decided to honor United Against Hate Week 2020 through a social media campaign.

  • Monday, 11/30 – Why Are You United Against Hate? 
  • Tuesday, 12/01 – Show Support Against Hate! 
  • Wednesday, 12/02 – Media Against Hate! 
  • Thursday, 12/03 – Expression Against Hate! 
  • Friday, 12/04 – Commit Against Hate!

For details to participate in United Against Hate Week, please visit the United Against Hate Week Social Media Campaign List

Drive-In Movie: Big Hero 6 

On Friday, December 18th at 7:30pm, the Diversity and Belonging Council's Affinity and University Resource Groups will be offering a Drive-In Movie, playing Big Hero 6. Big Hero 6 is a Disney film about a special bond that develops between inflatable robot, Baymax and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who together team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. This event will take place in Lot 18, near the Perry Field House on Bowling Green State University's campus. This event is free and open to the Bowling Green community! 

For any inquires, please email 

To our guest with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance, or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services,, 419-372-8495. Please notify prior to event. 

Follow @bgsudiversity on Instagram and Twitter for more ways to stay updated on events. 

White Allyship Part 1

An introductory conversation between Dr. Katie Stygles and Dr. Kacee Ferrell Snyder on what it is like to be White women doing diversity and inclusion work, being allies, and being intentional about being anti-racist. Click here to check out their conversation. Part 2 will be a WebEx discussion in mid-July. Register for more information on the date and time. 

Black Queer Lives Matter

A WebEx discussion between students and staff from LGBTQ+ Programs on the killings of Black queer and trans folxs that goes largely unaddressed. Participate live on June 30, 2020 at 4pm, or watch the recording by clicking here

Self-Guided Learning

Reading for Racial Justice is a LibGuide created by staff at the University Libraries.

Just Mercy Film Discussion

Utilizing the various platforms currently sharing this film for free, participants would watch the movie and join a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Jolie Sheffer, featuring panelists: Ana Brown, Dr. Thomas Mowen, Dr. Steve Demuth, and Tonya Rider. Participate live on July 17, 2020 at 12pm, or watch the recording of the program here

Black and Blue

A conversation on the relationship between Black Men and the Police, featuring Chief Mike Campbell, Dr. Marvin Whitefield, and Coach Micheal Huger. Click here for the recording. 

Race in the Academy

A conversation between President Rogers and Provost Whitehead on the importance of diversity within the academy and why colleges and universities struggle to recruit and retain Faculty of Color. To view Part 1, click here. For Part 2, click here

What I Was Taught About Race 

A conversation between Anthony King and Atonn Smeltzer ‘11 on what they heard growing up and how it formed their beliefs about race. Click here for their discussion. 

White Allyship Part 2

July 16th, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

As a follow-up to White Allyship Part 1, this will be a collective dialogue between Dr. Katie Stygles, Dr. Kacee Ferrell Snyder, and members of the Bowling Green State University community.  The focus will be on white allyship and anti-racism in action on campus – this will be a collective call to action with participants helping to generate ideas for the promotion of anti-racist practices, procedures, and policies in our campus community.  Please feel free to submit questions and/or hopes for the conversation by emailing Dr. Stygles ( and/or Dr. Snyder (  Complete the registration form above and information will be sent closer to the date. 

BLM Collaborative Public Art Project

Join us on Monday, August 24th anytime between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Bowen-Thompson Quadrangle as we social distance and paint canvases on campus with the words “Black Lives Matter.” Canvases and some painting supplies will be set up on campus. Contributors should feel free to also bring their own brushes and paint. Collaborative Art is artwork that is accomplished by teamwork. However, each contributor may end up altering what another artist painted, so it is a process where artists must be more focused on the group outcome than they are their individual contribution to it. Those who signed up in advance were given a time and will have the first opportunity to paint. 

CWGE Book Club

Registration open in June. Hood Feminism:Notes from the Women that the Movement Forgot. 

  • The Center for Women and Gender Equity is excited to host a summer book club where we will be reading and discussing Mikki Kendall's "Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women That a Movement Forgot" (2020), a book focusing on the failings of mainstream feminism and the Black, Brown, and Indigenous women left behind in "feminist conversations." Kendall moves us to consider a truly intersectional feminism.

Please express interest via the google form, and we will contact everyone to set up a time that will work for everyone. The book club will be held via weekly discussions through WebEx. Sign up online today.