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Counseling Center Support Group Meetings

Navigating Current Social and Political Turmoil Support Group (Facilitated by Byron Kellam, MA, LPC, CPCS):
Our society has endured monumental changes over the past year. The fabric of our nation and the pillars that have served as its foundation have been illuminated and tested. Consequently, our country’s people are more divided than ever, resulting in violence and civil unrest. Political views, social injustice, and seeming cracks in our democracy have created a climate of uncertainty and brought forth manifestations of inequality permeating every aspect of our lives.  Where do you stand amidst this turmoil? What feelings are you experiencing? How has your life been impacted? In what ways can our OU family begin to chart the course towards a more peaceful and united union on our campus and in the wider world? Join the conversation in our “Navigating Current Social and Political Turmoil”.
Meets every Thursday 7-8:15 p.m. beginning February 18, 2021.

Healthy Relationship Support (Facilitated by Essence Washington, LCSW):
In this group, you will learn the importance of self within your relationships, as well as establish healthy communication and conflict resolution skills. Members will discover past behaviors that may be affecting current relationships and how to identify toxic situations/people. The group will develop an understanding of what a healthy relationship looks like for self, friends, family, co-workers and romantic partners.
Meets every Wednesday 4-5:15 p.m. beginning February 17, 2021

Community Forums

Launched in June 2020, Oglethorpe’s community forums are a continuing series of meetings to engage the entire campus community in thoughtful and proactive conversation about race, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Please email SGA President Taylor Roberts ( or Vice President for Campus Life Michelle Hall ( to submit ideas, topics or questions for the forums. All pending forums will be listed above in upcoming events.

Oglethorpe’s Year of Suffrage

Ongoing throughout 2020-2021
This two-semester celebration of the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment includes a full series of lectures, concerts, film screenings and more to help students and the entire OU Community reflect on the landmark legislation. Learn more.

Recent Past Events

Panel Discussion: “DEI and You: Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Matter
Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 noon
As part of Black History Month, the Oglethorpe chapter of the Collegiate 100 is hosting a general body meeting on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 12 noon, featuring a panel discussion on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion. The panel will include Oglethorpe’s Dr. Rebecca Sandidge, Chief of Staff; Dr. Kyle Williams, Dean of Students; and Dr. Juan McGruder, Vice President for Advancement. The event is co-hosted by the African Student Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Black Student Caucus. Visit OU Connect for more information.

Friday Forum – For Faculty Only
December 4, 2020, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
This faculty-only discussion will focus on diversity, equity and inclusion within and beyond the curriculum. Hosted by the DEI Task Force. Please see your email for log-in information.

Friday Forum – For Staff Only
December 4, 2020, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
This staff-only discussion will focus on diversity, equity and inclusion at Oglethorpe University. Hosted by the DEI Task Force. Please see your email for log-in information.

Core Lecture Series: “Social Justice Mathematics: Policing and the Issue of Racial Profiling”
November 17, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Lily Khadjavi is a Professor of Mathematics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Explore how mathematics gives us a way to shine a bright light on policing and the law. Racial and ethnic disparities in stops and searches raise important concerns about fairness; quantitative analysis points the way to legal questions and concrete policy recommendations. Learn more.

International Education Week
November 16-20, 2020
Oglethorpe’s Global Education office in the A_LAB is hosting a slate of events, including an international student panel, study abroad informational sessions, and discussions on the importance of intercultural communication and perspective taking skills. Learn more.

Cultivating Brave Spaces: An exploration of race, equity, and visions for the future
November 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
November 13, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
November 14, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Presented by OU Theatre and written by 11 Oglethorpe students.
Performed live online, this original show explores the emotions and experiences of younger generations during the current period of social unrest in the U.S. Free and livestreamed on YouTube.

Virtual Play – For Colored Girls
November 12, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Final event of Diversity Week 2020! The virtual play, For Colored Girls, will be directed by Mia Taylor, Black Student Caucus, and the African Student Association. Come see your fellow Petrels perform! Learn more.

Diversity Week
November 9-13, 2020
Student Government Association leads a week-long celebration of diversity. Learn more.