ODI Matters May 2020

This is certainly a sight for sore eyes. Campus is still here, even as we work on serving you no matter where you are. We hope that we can all return sooner rather than later and that Centre still remains a little home for you, no matter where you go.

ODI Connections Virtual Programming

ODI Virtual Programming on Instagram

We're finishing up Week Five of our Connections Virtual Programming on Instagram (@CentreInclusion) to engage with students, share resources, and continue discussions on access, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We'll be continuing this programming until the end of the semester. On Wednesdays, Ashley Oliver and Jo Teut will be hosting virtual drop in spaces to connect with students via zoom link they received via email.

Below, you can see some of our highlights from last week.

As always, reach out when you need it. Our contact information and other resources are below.

Resources for Students

As the world has drastically changed in the past few weeks, and in many ways, stayed the same, we gathered these resources that might be useful to you.


Taking care of yourself during this time of uncertainty is so important that we created this Self-Care Resource to walk you through what self-care is to making your own self-care plan. You can also revisit our ODI Matters, April 2020 for more information about self-care and setting boundaries at home.

Enjoy some free, social justice, print-at-home coloring pages, some from Ruth E. Carter, Ricardo Levins Morales, and our own Centre College.

If you are missing Kentucky, you can see a bunch of local sites virtually.

Let's talk about race and social justice.

If you weren't doing it before, now is certainly the time to talk about race and social justice. We've gathered resources to better equip you to discuss race in the context of COVID-19, including general education, toolkits for action, and other toolkits for dialogue and intentional intervening.

While the above articles give context to our current situation, the below links deliver tools and resources to take the next step from dialogue to action.

Finally, the last set of resources for you are more general resources about social justice issues broadly. These are foundational tools that are always good to keep in your toolbox and sharpen/clean up from time to time.

Available Centre Resources

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will continue to serve students both on and off campus throughout this semester.

  • Andrea Abrams, Associate Vice President for Diversity Affairs & Special Assistant to the President, andrea.abrams@centre.edu, 859-238-5267
  • Ashley Oliver, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, ashley.oliver@centre.edu, 859-238-6520
  • Jo Teut, Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion, jo.teut@centre.edu, 859-238-6220
  • Intercultural Suite will remain open as long as the Campus Center remains open

CATS: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Students

Ann Goodwin and Jo Teut co-facilitated a video session of the introductory Centre Ally Training Series Supporting LGBTQIA+ Students session for you to watch on demand. Find the session, handout, and many more resources on our CATS website.

HERC Resources

I want to remind you all of the resources that are available to you as you deal with the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19. Please keep in mind that as Centre College is a HERC member, you have access to HERConnect.

HERConnect is our virtual member portal, dedicated to advancing equity and excellence in higher ed recruitment and retention. Here, you'll find webinars and toolkits on topics including empowering emotional intelligence in the workplace, supporting women of color in STEM, and on-boarding diverse and in-demand candidates. You can also communicate with thousands of your peers in a digital community of practice, exchanging resources and ideas in regional and global forums.

By logging into HERConnect, you will be able to:

  • Access HERC member benefits and resources, including recent webinars and blog posts regarding transitions to remote work
  • Network with your peers
  • Post questions and share resources in global and regional communities
  • Register for upcoming professional development webinars
  • Explore recruitment and retention resources, including a Search Committee Training Toolkit and videos

If you or any of your colleagues haven't already created a HERConnect account, please register here. Feel free to share this link with your coworkers. When our support team receives your request and verifies your account, you'll receive an email to set your password. We recommend registering for your HERConnect account to ensure you receive the latest updates and upcoming webinars, as well as accessing past recorded webinars and our toolkits.

The Greater Kentucky HERC community is building into a vibrant and collegial network, so we hope you will take this opportunity to collaborate and support each other-virtually-during these unprecedented times.

Stay safe and well!


Meredith Brunner

HR Operations Manager

Greater Kentucky HERC Regional Director

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Finally, we will get through this. We will get through this together.

That's all, folx!