Active Bystander Training: Tune into the Livestream
The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity is proud to present its first ever Active Bystander Training. Facilitated by Researcher and Facilitation Specialist Lena Tenney, the training is a collaborative effort between The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; and the Kirwan Institute. Although the session has already reached capacity for in-person attendance, we welcome participation through a livestream of the event.


Date: Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Location: Online livestream via Zoom (details below)


Event Description: Have you ever been in a conversation when someone said something biased that made you uncomfortable, but you weren’t sure how to respond? Most of us struggle to address these all too common situations, whether in the classroom, the lab, the workplace, or even socializing with friends. Even though we want to do what’s right and stand up for equality, we don’t always know how to take action in that awkward moment—especially if we aren’t sure whether the person making the comment actually meant to cause harm.


As members of the university community, we must be empowered to take action in these moments when bias manifests so that we can create a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming environment for our fellow Buckeyes. This session will illustrate the importance of committing to being an active bystander in moments when bias emerges through microaggressions, as well as provide participants with actionable skills to do so. These skills are tailored to create educational conversations in response to biased comments/actions, rather than eliciting a defensive reaction from the person who has (perhaps unintentionally) caused harm. Participants in this session will thus learn how to effectively communicate in challenging situations through the employment of strategies that can be tailored to the particular situation at hand.

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Lena Tenney (pronouns: they/them/theirs) joined the Race & Cognition Program at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in 2016. As a Researcher and Facilitation Specialist, they work collaboratively to conduct research on and facilitate workshops, presentations, and trainings about implicit bias and structural racism. A trained intergroup dialogue facilitator, Lena is interested in continually identifying and implementing strategies that encourage active engagement with topics that are often considered difficult to discuss. Lena’s facilitation work has brought them to eight states and the nation’s capital, reaching thousands of participants. They are a co-author of the forthcoming 2017 edition of the Kirwan Institute’s State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review publication.


Lena is a founding member of two grassroots community activist groups that have sought to ensure legal protections for and institutional inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals at the municipal and campus levels. Coalition-building with student activism collectives dedicated to advocating for students of color and students with disabilities has been central to their activism. Lena currently serves on the LGBTQ Student Success Task Force for The Ohio State University.


Lena graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Masters of Education and a Masters of Public Administration. They also hold a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies and History from the University of Oklahoma.

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.