Diversity Workshops and Events - Diversity at Ohlone - Human Resources and Training

Ohlone College embraces diversity.These workshops and events are open only to Ohlone College employees, unless otherwise noted in the description.

Black History Month Events and Workshops

Download February is Black History Month (PDF) from the Ohlone Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (ODIAC).

Set Me Free - Film in Celebration of Black History Month

  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017
  • 11:00am - 1:15pm
  • Smith Center, Fremont campus
  • Open to Ohlone students and employees
  • Light lunch/refreshments will be served after the screening
  • RSVP for Set Me Free

Four boys, now men, still live in their neighborhood. The community has transformed and what remains is the "hood." Each man negotiates his way through the day surviving the hood and each one has a plan to be set free.

In celebration of Black History Month, ODIAC proudly presents a screening of the film Set Me Free, followed by Q & A with the film’s star, producer and director, Marcus “Big Spence” Spencer.

Janice Jones Presentation

  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • Building FP-16, Fremont campus
  • Open to Ohlone students and employees
  • Light refreshments will be served
  • RSVP for Janice Jones Presentation

Come and listen to our very own Dr. Janice Jones, as she speaks to us about Black History and notable periods, including her own experience as a Black American growing up in Bay Area. Dr. Jones currently teaches Child Development classes as well as African-American History.

Dr. Jones joined Ohlone in 1999. Prior to Ohlone, she was the Director of Head Start for the City and County of San Francisco. Dr. Jones earned her B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from CSUH (CSUEB) and her M.S.E. in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction from CSUH (CSUEB), and her Ed.D. in International & Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco.

Black & Deaf in America: Are We Breaking Through Barriers? A Panel of Black Deaf Professionals

  • Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Room 6104, Deaf Studies Lab, Building 6, first floor, Fremont campus
  • Open to Ohlone students and employees

In honor of Black History Month - Please join us for this esteemed panel of deaf professionals as they discuss their contributions to society and much more!

Be inspired by storied from Black Deaf professionals on their many contributions to society and how they got where they are!

We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hidden Figure: Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Presentation
  • 2:00pm - 2:30pm Meet & Greet
  • Room 7101, Building 7, first floor, Fremont campus
  • Open to Ohlone students and employees
  • RSVP for Hidden Figure

Dr. Prescod-Weinstein is a MLK Post-Doctoral Fellow in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. Her specialty is in theoretical cosmology.

Dr. Prescod-Weinstein is the 63rd Black woman in U.S. history who holds a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy. She earned her Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute, a Master’s in Astronomy at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Bachelor of Arts with a dual concentration in Physics and Astronomy at Harvard College. Prior to arriving at MIT, she was a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and a Visiting Scientist at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Prescod-Weinstein works on questions relating to particle creation at the end of inflation, novel approaches to dark matter and technical issues relating to quantum fields in curved backgrounds. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on problems at the intersection of quantum gravity and cosmology. She has been invited to speak on her research at the California Institute of Technology, Brown University, University of Washington, Drexel University, University of Delaware, Rochester Institute of Technology, California State University Northridge, Swarthmore College and, most recently, the Universidad de Zaragoza in Spain.

In addition, Dr. Prescod-Weinstein believes strongly in the importance of equal opportunities. She volunteers her advice and support to underrepresented minority women who are studying physical sciences. She has also been an active participant in the National Society of Black Physicists and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists. She has also worked with the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS), sits on the executive committee of the American Astronomical Society Working Group for LGBTQI Equality, and serves as a mentor at MIT to many young scientists.

Dr. Prescod-Weinstein has received multiple awards in recognition of her scholarship, including the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Barbados House Canada Gordon Bynoe Scholarship. Additionally, she has received awards for her contributions to equality and equity at her home institutions, including the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations Award for Contributions to Intercultural and Race Relations and the MIT Infinite Kilometer Award. She was also named one of “5 Amazing Women Astronomers You Should Know” by the L'Oreal Foundation’s For Women in Science Discov/Her showcase.

Dr. Prescod-Weinstein was recently profiled in the Huffington Post (Meet The 63rd Black Woman In American History With A Physics Ph.D.) as part of their Sophia Series about inspiring people.

Chats en Español

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017
  • 12:05pm - 1:05pm
  • Building FP-5, Fremont campus
  • Open to Ohlone employees

You are invited to an opportunity to practice Spanish in a conversational group. Everyone is invited regardless of their level – your Spanish proficiency can be nil or expert. With such a diverse group of faculty and staff, this is an opportunity to learn not only about a different language, but also about different cultures.

If you cannot make it for the whole hour, then feel free to come by for as long as you can – interruptions welcome!

If you have any questions, please email Nabeel Atique at natique@ohlone.edu.


A list of previous workshops are available in the Archive of Diversity Workshops and Events.

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