Understanding and Empowering our Chinese Students

For faculties and staff who are working with or may be working

with students from China. 


The seminar will take place on Thursday October 6, 11:30 – 1:30 at Room 462, Langsam Library.  Lunch will be provided.  The facility serves up to 50 attendants, first register first serve.

There are over 1,100 UC students from China now, and the number could more than double in a few years.  Recent concerns expressed by some UC colleagues include their seemingly low participation in the classroom and in university organized activities.  There are talks about the unpreparedness of some faculty and staff members in working with them.  Students have also expressed uncertainty about certain cultural norms and expectations in the American classroom.

 The tentative schedule is as follows:

1.         Vice Provost Raj Mehta: Welcome (3 minutes);

2.         Ms. Wenqian Ye: High school experience in China (15 minutes);

3.         Prof. Catalin Macarie: A faculty’s experience in teaching and working with students from China (15 minutes);

4.         Vice President for Equity & Inclusion Bleuzette Marshall: UC’s Policies on Equity and Inclusion (15 minutes);

5.         Ms. Lori Blanton: the UC International cultural sensitivity training project (15 minutes); and

6.         Open discussion.

 Please encourage, and better yet, identify colleagues in your college/department/office to participate.  Please send me the list of participants by Monday October 3.  They can also RSVP directly to by Monday October 3.



The Offices of the Provost, Student Affairs and Equity & Inclusion invite you to join us for the webinar:

"Working with Your Student Activists: Ways to Establish Inclusive Dialogue, Positive Relationships and a Safe Campus When Activism Arises"

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 2:00-3:30 pm 

4400 Aronoff Center (DAAP) 


Racial Climate. Gender Equity. Religious Freedom. Tuition Increases. Administrative Integrity and Trust. These hot button issues — and many more — are serving as a springboard for student rallies, protests, sit-ins and demonstrations that can create chaos, disruption, potential risk and safety concerns throughout your campus community — sometimes without any notice.


You can provide space for your student activists to express themselves and create awareness of issues important to them AND maintain a safe and productive campus environment for everyone. There are effective ways to work with your student activists, leaders and organizations beyond the typical hard core response. Through a few adaptable strategies, you can create ongoing, inclusive and positive dialogue and relationships by engaging those students EARLY who may feel disenfranchised. It’s a win-win for your students and your institution.


Dr. Jen Day Shaw, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at the University of Florida, and Aaron Fetrow, Vice President of Student Affairs at Roanoke College, will offer a number of models of preparation, management, response and resolution for campus activism and communication with student activists.


As a result of participating in this webinar, you will take away:

  • Ways to engage in proactive strategies for ongoing, inclusive dialogue and relationships with your student leaders and organizations. Discover new methods you can use to institutionalize and sustain these efforts.
  • Intentional and active strategies you can apply when you first learn of developing or occurring activism on your campus. This is where  you are key to connecting with student activists, communicating about wants and needs and responding prior to any public activity.
  • Effective campus communication strategies to create awareness of protests — policies and protocol to put in place to ensure mediation and communication that can keep things from escalating.
  • Lessons learned, and ways to apply those lessons to your own campus culture, through the use of recent real cases of campus activism across the country.
  • Specific details on how to develop, train and implement your own campus protest team in an effort to connect early with student activists and developing activism popping up on campus. 


We encourage you to share this invitation with colleagues and to register for the webinar at by September 20.


UC First Lady Wendy Yip
and Chief Diversity Officer Bleuzette Marshall

cordially invite you to the

Asian American & Pacific Islander
Heritage Month Reception

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Myers Alumni Center

Business Casual Attire

Refreshments will be served

Kindly RSVP by May 13, 2016
Click Here to RSVP

For more information, please contact or 513-556-8463.

Thank You to Our Co-Sponsors:

Asian Community Alliance, Inc.
Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society

Inclusive Excellence Workshop

Making Inclusion a Reality

May 12, 2-4 PM

Alumni Center

Presenter:  Roland West (CECH '73)


As we strive for a university community that embraces inclusive excellence, this workshop will help participants answer the following questions:

1) What are the opportunities and benefits of an inclusive environment?
2) What are our barriers to creating an inclusive culture?
3) What is my role in helping the University of Cincinnati to create an inclusive campus culture?

Roland West Empire Strategies, Inc. Roland is among the nation's best known consultants on diversity and leadership. He is listed in Who's Who of the Top American Business Executives and has been a featured speaker on leadership at the University of Michigan, Alcoa, Pitney Bowes, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and GE. He has provided career coaching to managers and executives in organizations such as P&G, ESPN, Disney, Cummins, Alcoa, etc. and his organization has conducted career development workshops. Before beginning his consulting career, Roland gained extensive experience in manufacturing and product management through a series of positions with Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that he played professional basketball for the Baltimore Bullets. Roland holds bachelor's degree in education and an MBA in business administration.

Roland was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to becoming an organizational development consultant specializing in diversity and inclusion, he received valuable business experience in manufacturing as a plant manager and in marketing as a product manager with Fortune 500 companies. He also spent eight years as a management consultant with a private consulting firm, holding the positions of senior management consultant and vice president. He has trained thousands of managers and executives in the United States for organizations as Citicorp, Aetna, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati Public Schools, Honeywell, ESPN, Disney, Cummins, and others. Empire Strategies, Inc. has also provided services globally in China, India, Brazil and Australia.

Roland was an All-American basketball player before starting his business career. He is currently a member of the National Black MBA Association, Inc., U-Cats, the Baltimore Bullets alumni Association, Jack and Jill of American, Inc., and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

8th Annual Diversity Conference

8th Annual Diversity Conference at TUC


8th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference

March 30, 2016


UC hosted the Eighth Annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. The conference was designed to highlight pedagogy, experiential knowledge and innovative practices that encourage individuals and organizations to build vibrant, diverse and inclusive environments.

UC had 553 registrants. If you are interested in attending next year's conference, please email:

2016 Worldfest

2016 Worldfest

Worldfest Kickoff Ceremony

TUC - Great Hall

Thursday, March 3rd,