On behalf of the Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion Planning Committee, thank you to all who attended the 7th annual conference on September 20-24, 2021. The conference was better than we could have imagined, filled with inspiring conversations, presentations, and panel discussions.


We hope that you found the conference informative and worthwhile. Our primary goal has always been to harness our collective voices and transform them into an effective tool for action where healing can begin and bring about sustainable change. We believe that our diverse and dynamic group of speakers, facilitators, and panelists provided insight and practical tools of engagement.


Your presence helped make this event a great success, and your enthusiasm and positive energy helped make our time together productive and fun. We wish you all the best and hope that you continue to be engaged throughout the years to come. We’ll see you at the 2022 conference hosted by Marshall University.




Robert Pleasant

Ohio University Southern

2021 Conference Committee Chairperson


The 2022 Tri-State Conference is presented by: 


Schedule at a Glance
2022 Schedule Coming Soon 

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:  Soul Speak - 2:00pm-3:00pm

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