A note from the Ombudsperson
Special Announcement: Social Justice Institute is now open to ALL Oberlin students, not only first years.
The office of the Ombuds and Oberlin College Dialogue Center (OCDC) invites current students to participate in a two-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 1 and 2.
The Social Justice Institute is a two-day workshop, held during Orientation that invites participants from widely different backgrounds and experiences to come together to explore multicultural issues at Oberlin and in the society at large. It explores issues of privilege and oppression, classism, heterosexism, racism, and sexism through a variety of activities including discussion, role-play, and highly interactive exercises.
This is a time to develop skills to enhance your allyship on and off campus. The goal of the institute is to create a cohesive bond among participants, to help them integrate into the college community, and to foster the effective, concerned engagement with social issues that is so characteristic of Oberlin students.
Since 2004, there have been more than 700 Oberlin students who participated in this annual workshop. Past participants have found it helpful for creating a language to frame difficult topics. It is also an open space for people at all levels of social justice awareness to talk about these topics in a comfortable environment. Refer to the link below for comments from past participants: http://www.oberlin.edu/ombudsperson/socjust-quotes.htm
If you are interested in social change and becoming a better ally, we encourage you to apply by filling out this online application before August 15: http://www.oberlin.edu/ombudsperson/socjust-app.htm
If you have any questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (440) 775-6728.