President’s Leadership Development Retreat on Implicit Bias

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Intercultural Affairs cordially invites you to the third and final President’s Leadership Development Retreat on Implicit Bias, titled “Did They Really Just Say That?! Being an Active Bystander.”  Our speaker, Lena Tenney, MPA, MEd., (they/them/theirs) from the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, will help us understand what it means to be an active bystander, why this is important, and how we can develop effective communication strategies when we find ourselves in challenging situations involving potential bias.

The event is open to the entire campus community, but we encourage you to register early to get seating in the Life Sciences Auditorium. Overflow seating with livestreaming will be available as needed.

President’s Leadership Development Retreat on Implicit Bias
Thursday, March 21, 2019
9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Life Sciences Auditorium
Lunch to follow 


For questions about the Retreat, please contact Joseph Bernardo, Office of Intercultural Affairs, at 310.338.1698 or


Jennifer Abe, Ph. D.,
Special Assistant to the President, Intercultural Affairs



Lena Tenney is Coordinator of Public Engagement for the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. They direct the facilitation portfolio of the Race and

Cognition Program, which includes traveling around the nation to facilitate trainings about implicit bias, structural racism, and being an active bystander.

Lena is a co-author of the 2017 edition of the Kirwan Institute’s State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review publication and a co-creator of the Implicit Bias Module Series online learning platform. A trained Intergroup Dialogue facilitator, Lena has a background in inclusive education and coalitional activism work. They are 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.  Lena previously served on the LGBTQ Student Success Task Force for The Ohio State University and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for TransOhio—a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for transgender individuals and communities.

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

View the flyer for the event here.