The Columbus Human Rights Commission invites the public to a free series of virtual events beginning on September 03. This series of timely, curated topics and films is intended to spark conversation, awareness, and community engagement on real-world issues related to inclusion, diversity, and belonging.  All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, September 03, 2021
Virtual Film:
The Unafraid
Date: Sept. 03 – Sept. 16, 2021
Location: online – at your leisure

‘The Unafraid’ follows the lives of three (3) DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending its top public universities, and from qualifying for in-state tuition at any other public college. The film goes beyond the media’s portrayal of the ‘dreamer’ poster child and truly humanizes the experience of undocumented and DACA students, their families, and communities.

Eventbrite registration is now open! You may register here:

To view the trailer visit THE UNAFRAID

Wednesday, September 08, 2021
Webinar: On a
nti-racism strategies
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Professor A’ame Joslin will open the lecture series with a thought-provoking exploration of the core concepts of anti-racism practices, how to integrate them into day-to-day life, and why equity demands this consideration. Dr. Joslin is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Education Policy Studies and Coordinator of Accreditation and Assessment and Indiana University Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC). Dr. Joslin’s work centers on anti-racist practices, literacy instruction, and explicit diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices in both curriculum and pedagogy. Earlier this year, Dr. Joslin received a curriculum enhancing grant for a project proposal aimed at analyzing teacher candidates’ explicit DEI principles in the K-6 classroom. Recognized by her peers, she was the campus recipient of the 2020-2021 Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Service Award at IUPUC.

Zoom registration is now open! You may register here: 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Webinar: On voter suppression
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Ms. Sheila Suess Kennedy will focus on a discourse of Indiana’s 10-year redistricting plan and implementation, political gerrymandering, and the effects of voter suppression laws. Ms. Kennedy is a Professor Emerita of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis’ Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs; with an extensive professional history in public policy and civil rights, including roles as the former executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, a former Republican candidate for 11th Congressional District, Faculty Fellow with both the Center for Religion and American Culture and the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, and founder of the Center for Civic Literacy at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Ms. Kennedy is a graduate of Stephens College for Women, Indiana University, and Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis.

Zoom registration is now open! You may register here: 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Webinar: On h
ousing rental crisis in Indiana
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Professor Fran Quigley is a Clinical Professor of Law and directs the Health and Human Rights Clinic at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. His session will highlight salient issues related to the Indiana rental housing market along with the harsh realities of renters that have been affected by the pandemic’s strain on our economy and other markets. A long-time advocate of those who cannot help themselves, his work has focused on the intersectionality of systemic barriers to healthcare, law and policy, and the social determinants of individual health. An author of several books and dozens of academic periodicals and other publications, he distills this expertise to his students, teaching them how to effectively advocate for clients. During the pandemic, Professor Quigley has focused on calling attention to the eventual tide of mass evictions, the inaccessibility of federal and state funding to ameliorate rental backpay, and the confluence of factors working against everyday Hoosiers. Professor Quigley served as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Julia Carson as well as Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union.

Zoom registration is now open! You may register here: 

Friday, September 24, 2021
Virtual Film: We Exist: Beyond the Binary
Sept. 24 – Oct. 07, 2021
Location: online – at your leisure

‘We Exist’ documents life “beyond the binary” construct of gender, offering a first-hand account of the life of Lauren Lubin, a person who identifies as gender neutral, and offers a perspective of what is it like to exist as other than strictly male or female. The film’s creators endeavor to inform through in-depth, often personal interviews with global activists, medical professionals, and non-binary persons.

Registration coming soon.

To view the trailer visit WE EXIST.