Community, collaboration, commitment, learning, and inspiration: For six years, the seven institutions hosting the Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion have used these words as a guide in providing a truly distinctive, inclusive experience with emphasis on education and collaboration. This year’s conference is just a few months away, and we have gone virtual for 2021! Join us for a powerful and insightful experience featuring lectures, interactive workshops, panel discussions, and much more! 


Each event is designed to share experiences, research, and emerging trends; attendees will have access to a whole week of vibrant, virtual experiences from September 20—24. Additionally, the conference will feature a Student Leadership Workshop, explicitly crafted for students, for the first time in our conference’s history.


We have experienced pain, hurt, anger, frustration, fear, and hope in the past year. At the Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion, we welcome dialogue and introspection as we continue to take steps toward understanding our global community. Our goal is to harness our collective voices and transform them into an effective tool for action where healing can begin and bring about sustainable change. This year’s conference will be a no-cost event; however, you must register in advance.


We hope you will join us on this journey.




Robert Pleasant

Ohio University Southern

2021 Conference Committee Chairperson


The 2021 Tri-State Conference is presented by: 


Schedule at a Glance

September 20, 2021

Workshop: FACTUALITY – 10:00am-12:00pm

Session:  Intersectionality: A Deeper Dive into Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - 1:00pm-2:00pm

Session:  Heritage Invention: A Solution to BIPOC Worker Apathy - 2:15pm-3:15pm

Session:  More Than A Fraction - 3:30pm-4:30pm

September 21, 2021

Workshop: Confronting Implicit Bias in Ourselves and Our Institutions – 10:00am-12:00pm

Session:  Neurodiversity in the Age of Diversity and Inclusion - 3:15pm-4:15pm

September 22, 2021

Workshop: Hear My Story – 10:00am-12:00pm

Session:  There is one among us "Real Life version of Among Us"... Identifying Impostor Syndrome and ways that we self-sabotage - 1:00pm-2:00pm

Session:  I see you: Social Action Stories Makes Justice Visible Impact Tales from the School and the Community - 2:15pm-3:15pm

Session:  Technology Microaggressions: How to Overcome Class-Based Bias - 3:30pm-4:30pm

September 23, 2021

Workshop: Leadership: The Art of Influence and Impact – 10:00am-12:00pm (THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR STUDENTS ONLY)

Session:  Schoolin' Life: Using Experience as Education to Create Sister Circles in High Schools - 10:00am-11:00am

Session:  The Resilience Mindset - 11:15am-12:15pm

Student Panel Discussion: Student Perspectives: Social Justice, Diversity, & Inclusion - 2:00pm-3:30pm

Session:  An insider/outsider perspective on diversity, equity, and inclusion: From Presence to Inclusion - 3:45pm-4:45pm

September 24, 2021


Conference Keynote Address:  Underlying Conditions: Black Women and Girl-Identified People and Corona - 9:00am-10:15pm

Conference Panel Discussion:  Race, Profiling, and Social Unrest: How we Engage in Today’s World - 10:30am-11:45pm



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.

Conference Objectives:

Who Should Attend:

  • Educators

  • Administrators

  • 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