DAS Diversity Events

About Diversity Awareness

In an effort to promote diversity and community, and to create a more inclusive work environment, the DAS Diversity Committee raises greater awareness of the achievements of all minorities through diversity showcase events. These events range from art displays, featured speakers, musical performances, and more. For more information about the Diversity Committee, or any of their scheduled events, contact the DAS Equal Opportunity Division at 614-466-8380.

Awareness Events

Black History Month

Celebration features movie series and videos of oratorical contest winners
Each February, Americans observe Black History Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of African Americans and recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. This year, the DAS Diversity Committee and its partners within the Ohio departments of Job and Family Services (JFS), Developmental Disabilities and Public Safety (DPS) have created a full schedule of events to celebrate Black History Month. 

These lunch-time events will take place from noon to 12:45 p.m.:
 
Movie Series: Hidden Figures 

This 2016 American biographical drama film is about black female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race. The film follows Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions. The film also features NASA supervisor Dorothy Vaughan and NASA engineer Mary Jackson. 

Parts I, II and III: 
Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14 and 21 – Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 E. Broad St., Room 1858 
Thursdays, Feb. 8, 15 and 22 – DAS, 4200 Surface Road, Hickory Room
Friday, Feb. 9; Mondays, Feb. 12 and 26 – DPS, 1970 W. Broad St., Room 1106

Echoes of Dr. King: Reflections from Oratorical Contest Winners
Watch videos and discuss speeches of Statewide MLK Oratorical Contest winners.  

Tuesday, Feb. 20 – Primary and Intermediate Division winners                            
Wednesday, Feb. 28 – Junior and Senior Division winners

Locations: Rhodes Tower, 30 E. Broad St., Room 1858; DAS, 4200 Surface Road, Walnut Room; JFS Air Center, Room M146; and DPS, 1970 W. Broad, Room 1106

Women's History Month

DAS Diversity Committee announces Women’s History Month activities

To commemorate Women's History Month in March, the DAS Diversity Committee and its partners within the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio Department of Public Safety have created a schedule of activities to celebrate “Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,” the 2017 national theme for the month.

The following event will take place from noon to 1 p.m.:

Living history performances
Learn about Ohio native Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president and to speak before Congress. Rachel Edwards will portray events from Woodhull’s life. In addition, Valerie Hamill will portray Major Pauline Cushman, a Civil War spy. Steve Ball will accompany the performance by playing a pre-Civil War guitar.

Thursday, March 23 – Rhodes Tower, Lobby 

 

Valerie Hamill, portraying Major Pauline Cushman, Spy of the Cumberland.



Rachel Edwards will portray Ohio native Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president and to speak before Congress. 





Steve Ball will accompany the performance by playing a pre-Civil War guitar.


Fly Girls tells story of Women Airforce Service Pilots
As part of its commemoration of Women's History Month in March, the DAS Diversity Committee is presenting a Tuesday documentary series. All documentaries are shown from noon to 1 p.m.

Fly Girls – This 60-minute PBS documentary features the largely unknown story about the Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II.
Tuesday, March 14 
Rhodes Tower, Multi-Purpose Room
4200 Surface Road, Buckeye Room
Job and Family Services (JFS) AirCenter, Room A119

The other two showings will feature the PBS documentary One Woman, One Vote, which is about the women's suffrage movement. 

One Woman, One Vote
Part I: Tuesday, March 21
Rhodes Tower, Multi-Purpose Room
4200 Surface Road, Buckeye Room

Part II: Tuesday, March 28
Rhodes Tower, Multi-Purpose Room
4200 Surface Road, Aspen Room

Book discussion groups 
Participate in a moderated discussion about two books, “How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life” by Joanna Barsh, Susie Cranston and Geoffrey Lewis and “The Heart of a Woman” by Maya Angelou.
Thursday, March 30 
Rhodes Tower, Multi-Purpose Room 
4200 Surface Road, Buckeye Room
JFS AirCenter, Room A119

 

 

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