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Otterbein Hosts Pop Up Kindness Think Tank

Kindness Think Tank Reminds Participants that Kindness Matters

College and high school students, Otterbein employees and community members from central Ohio gathered at The Point at Otterbein on Sat., Oct. 28, to participate in a Kindness Think Tank.

Carla Corroto, chair and associate professor of Otterbein’s sociology, criminology and justice studies, opened the event challenging participants to think about how to “encourage kindness at every level.”

Throughout the day, participants could choose among five topics with kindness as the common theme. The sessions included:

  • Kindness in our Classrooms: K through College moderated by Wendy Sherman Heckler, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, Otterbein University
  • Kindness in our Community and our Neighborhoods moderated by Kathy Cocuzzi, mayor, city of Westerville
  • Considering Kindness Through a Social Justice Lens moderated by Judy Guion-Utsler, chaplain, Otterbein University
  • Research Matters: How Do We Know If We’re Getting Kinder moderated by Carla Corroto and Sandy Skovron, affiliate associate professor, Otterbein University
  • Harnessing the Ample Supply of Kindness moderated by Rick Bannister, founder and CEO of Neighborhood Bridges

In her welcome, Kathy Krendl, Otterbein president, said that kindness was in Otterbein’s DNA. “This effort is about finding ways to cultivate and inspire kindness,” Krendl said. “We want folks to make it a habit! And, we want to find ways to encourage others to join in practicing kindness — much like you are.”

Otterbein Chaplain Judy Guion-Utsler closed the session with a “Kindness Challenge.” Guion-Utsler reminded participants that while the day was good, one conversation was not enough. “Make it your mission to be subversively, intentionally, gloriously, selflessly kind,” she said.

Otterbein is partnering with the Kind Columbus initiative at The Columbus Foundation in a joint effort to cultivate kindness in the region. The Kindness Think Tank was just one of the programs that Otterbein’s Kindness Matters initiative is utilizing to understand and explore how to inspire and motivate the Otterbein and Westerville communities to be kind.

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Otterbein Hosts Pop Up Kindness Think Tank

College and high school students, Otterbein employees and community members from central Ohio gathered at The Point at Otterbein on Sat., Oct. 28, to participate in a Kindness Think Tank.


Kindness Matters is made possible with the generous support of the Kind Columbus initiative at The Columbus Foundation.

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