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The Equity and Inclusion Collection in Memory of Erin McKenzie

The Equity and Inclusion Collection in memory of Erin McKenzie promotes learning and discovery. It seeks to confirm and challenge old notions with new ones.

Otterbein Campus Events

Upcoming Equity and Inclusion Events

Information about Otterbein's Upcoming Equity and Inclusion Events are available at
Office of Social Justice & Activism 

See below for previous events.

Art of Community - April 18, 2010

Pictures and Description of the 5th Annual 
"Erin McKenzie Virtual Welcoming Space" event


April 18, 2010

'In April of 2010, a diverse group of students, staff, and community members gathered to further our knowledge about how to create community at Otterbein. We enlisted facilitator and artist, Candee Basford, to guide our discussion using a process of arts-based appreciative inquiry.'



Jonathan Mooney - April 13, 2008

Pictures and Description of the 3rd Annual 
"Erin McKenzie Virtual Welcoming Space" event



Presentation by Jonathan Mooney 
Sunday April 13, 2008

2:00 PM 


Photos by Sarah Small (

"A young man once labeled severely learning disabled journeys across America to find others who have used humor, imagination, and resiliency to create satisfying lives beyond normal".(

Visit YouTube to see a trailer for Short Bus at


John McKnight - October 1, 2007

Pictures and Description of the 2nd Annual 
"Erin McKenzie Virtual Welcoming Space" event


  Presentation by John McKnight
October 1, 2007
3:00 - 5:00 PM 

"Powerful citizen-centered local democracy that solves problems, welcomes all neighbors and creates a community of genuine care is possible when we discover our personal capacity to connect ourselves to the riches that surround us. We are, after all, not people half full. We are a people whose cup runs over."John McKnight

Finding the gifts of ALL of our residents, including many who have been overlooked, and connecting them is vital to building our community. John McKnight shared with us how many communities are doing this.

John McKnight is a Professor of Education and Social Policy and Co-Director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute of Northwestern University. For nearly three decades, John has conducted research on social service delivery systems, health policy, community organizations, neighborhood policy, and institutional racism. He currently directs research projects focused on asset-based neighborhood development and methods of community building by incorporating marginalizes people.


Much of John's recent work on asset-based community development is captured in McKnight's co-authored book, Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets(1993), which has circulated through a broad range of community, government, business, nonprofit, and educational institutions in the United States and Canada. Articles McKnight has written over the past two decades were published in The Careless Society (1995).


Thank you to our co-sponsors of this event, who included: Otterbein University Courtright Memorial Library in connection with the Erin McKenzie Virtual Welcoming Space, Otterbein University Center for Community Engagement, and Ohio TASH – Promoting Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion for People with Disabilities.



                                                Lois Szudy, John McKnight, Barb McKenzie & Candee Basford

Global Beauty Delusions: Talking Toxic Myths - March 8, 2016

Global Beauty Delusions: Talking Toxic Myths
Tuesday March 8, 2016  
2 – 4 pm


A Social Justice Event included watching The Illusionists, participating in student let facilitation of film, and viewing student designed poster sessions.

Film Synopsis of The Illusionists:

Part 1: Insecurity Sells 

Products to enhance beauty

Ways companies "encourage" people to buy their products to change their appearance

Part 2: Official Body: Black and White 

White supremacy

Skin whitening products, whitening creams

Plastic surgery

Self tanning lotions

Westernized image

Never too thin 19:20 - 25:44 

Weight and diets

Unattainable bodies

Food issues (anorexia, etc.)

Part 3: Brave New World: XXX Factor & Getting them Young

Aspirational marketing

Exploiting children through marketing/ads and toys (Barbie, etc.)

Sexualized marketing for children

Makeup/Lingerie for young girls

Fashion for kids that exploits sex

Brave New World: Future Bodies 

Changing appearances

Reality vs virtual (creating online personalities that are not real people but based on composites of several "beautiful" people)

Timeless beauty

Exploitation and creating profits for companies

Part 4: Brave New World: Agents of Change 

What can be done

Boycotting companies

Changing perceptions of what is beauty   

My Shoes, Your Shoes, Our Shoes - Social Justice Event - April 15, 2015


Cheryl Jorgensen - April 8, 2012

Schools Where Everyone Belongs: The Story of Pedro’s Whale

Thursday April 12, 2012

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Dr. Cheryl Jorgensen will use the theme of Pedro’s Whale, a children’s book by Paula Kluth and Patrick Schwarz, and other stories to describe the values and practices that make elementary, middle, and high schools places where everyone belongs.



Do Diverse Worlds Connect - May 18, 2009

Do Diverse Worlds Connect @ Otterbein College

Monday, May 18, 2009
2:00 - 3:30 pm


A discussion on community building, diversity, and making connections at Otterbein College.
Panel members represented the areas of Women Studies, Black Studies, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered & Queer (GLBTQ),  International Education, Disability, and Diversity.