The 2020 Tri-State Conference on Diversity & Inclusion Has Been Canceled

Dear Friends,

After continued monitoring of the evolving developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, in consultation with local officials, and in collaboration with all seven institutional partners, the Conference Planning Committee has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion scheduled for September 25.  This decision was not reached lightly, and numerous scenarios were examined closely.  But, in the interest of public health, coupled with so many uncertainties in the weeks and months ahead, the committee felt compelled to make this difficult and unfortunate decision.

Although this is a great disappointment, the health and safety of each and every member of our community and our team is of the utmost importance to us.   We will use our disappointment to fuel our planning for next year’s conference.   


Mark your calendars:


Ohio University Southern will host the conference in September 2021.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at


Take care and be safe,


Robert Pleasant

2020 Conference Committee Chairperson

The 2020 Tri-State Conference is presented by: 


Conference Objectives:

During the conference, participants will:

  • Create an increased self-awareness about aspects of their culture.

  • Gain ideas for implementing new programs and initiatives through reflection on best practices from within academia.

  • Engage community partners and leverage resources.

  • Explore and identify personal and professional occasions in which unconscious bias is a barrier to diversity and inclusion objectives.

Schedule at a Glance

8:00-9:00         Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15         Opening Remarks

9:15-10:30       General Session

                        Keynote with Dr. Elaine Richardson

10:30-10:40     Conference Break     

10:40-11:40     Breakout Sessions 1

11:45-12:50     Lunch (included with registration)

12:50-1:00       Conference Break

1:00-2:00         Breakout Sessions 2

2:10-3:10         General Session

                        Keynote with Brett Eastburn

3:10-3:30         Remarks & Door Prizes

3:30                 Adjourn

Who Should Attend:



Higher Education Professionals

Human Resources Professionals

Community Leaders

Health Care & Social Services Professionals

Non-Profit Executives

Hospitality Professionals

Business Owners

Students (Secondary & Post Secondary)

Government Representatives

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Ironton, OH 45638

Robert Pleasant

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