Seed Fund for Racial Justice Symposium

Seed Fund for Racial Justice Symposium

Please join us for the Seed Fund for Racial Justice Symposium on October 12. Doors will open at 8:15 for breakfast and networking. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The symposium will feature panels and lightning talks from recipients of Seed Fund for Racial Justice Grants. More details will be added as they are finalized.


Wednesday, October 12

Fawcett Event Center  

2400 Olentangy River Rd. Columbus, OH 43210

The table below contains the session details for the Seed Fund for Racial Justice Symposium

Time Session Information
8:15 a.m.

Breakfast, networking and registration

8:45 a.m.


Welcome by Senior Vice Provost for External Engagement Ryan Schmiesing

8:50 a.m.

Remarks by President Kristina M. Johnson

9:00 a.m.

Lightning talks/Q&A

  • Guisela Latorre - Linden Murals of Empowerment: Public Art for Racial Justice
  • Valarie Williams - Archiving Black Performance Summer Institute
  • Ranthony Edmonds - Hidden Figures Revealed: Dynamic History and Narratives of Black Mathematicians at The Ohio State University
  • Stephen Gavazzi - Stepping Out & Stepping Up: Toward Truth & Reconciliation with Dispossessed Native American Tribes
  • Nyama McCarthy-Brown - Developing Anti-racism Praxis in the Performing Arts Through a University Certificate Program that Trains Artists, Educators, and Community Leaders to Dismantle Racial Inequities in the Field
  • Joy McCorriston - Modelling an OSU-HBCU Campus Federation
9:45 a.m.

Panel:  K-12 Education

  • Dionne Custer Edwards - Arts-Based Anti-Racist Initiatives in High Schools
  • Whitney Gherman - Marion Dreamkeepers: Investigating Systemic Racism with YPAR
  • Nicole Luthy - Managing Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism Change: Multi-tiered Professional Development for Educational Leaders
  • Melvin Pascall - Using a STEAM Model to Develop Access Pipeline for Middle Grade Students in Columbus Metro Schools
  • Moderated by Antoinette Miranda
10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m. Lightning talks/Q&A
  • Kathy Wright - Operating Under Resilience (OUR) Project: Stress and Emotion Management for Black/African American Women with Hypertension in COVID 19 Social Distancing Society
  • Wendy Smooth - Increasing Black Women in Ohio Elected Office-Extending Democracy through Political Education for Enriched Citizenship
  • Charlene Brenner - Addressing Structural Racism in the Academy through a Pilot Program: Building Faculty and Staff Capacity for Enacting Racial Equity at All Levels
  • Elinam Dellor - Improving Racial Equity for Families with Substance Use Disorders Involved in Child Welfare
  • Jennifer Garvin - Journeys to Equity: Transforming Racism to Humanism—The Next Horizon in Healthcare
11:15 a.m.

Panel: Engaged in Columbus

  • Jeffrey Cohen - Bridging the Digital Divide: A Collaborative Exploration of the Bhutanese Community Response to COVID-19
  • Simone Drake - Improving Police Interactions with Black Civilians through Racial Sensitivity Training Technology
  • Kip Holley - Building Equitable and Inclusive Civic Engagement Environments in Columbus and Beyond
  • Cecilia Mengo - Immigrant Women of Color Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence and Service Access: Race and Ethnicity Perspectives Held by Service Providers
  • Moderated by Njeri Kagotho
11:45 a.m.

Remarks by Senior Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Wendy Smooth

11:50 a.m.

Closing by Executive Vice President and Provost Melissa L. Gilliam

12:00 p.m.



Questions? Contact Assistant Vice Provost Nicole Nieto at