After much thought, OU EDI leadership has decided to transition the Spring 2021 Institute scheduled in Pittsburgh from an in-person to a virtual event. The key reasons are this event would include three key risk factors – 125+ participants and instructors, indoors, over multiple days. Additionally, we needed to make this decision far enough in advance to give participants, instructors, and EDI staff sufficient time to plan for the selected approach (in-person versus virtual).
We remain committed to in-person events in the future. Following the cancellation of our spring event, our students told us they are ready to continue their journey towards OU EDI and CEcD certification, so the Board felt it critical to help them do so.
Fortunately, OU EDI is part of OU Extended Campus which offers hundreds of online courses and events each year. We employ curriculum and instructional design experts who have made helped us make this transition this past Fall, which received excellent reviews. We will take what we learned and make the Spring event even better.
Though we continue to support our in-person approach, this transition does offer unique opportunities:
Whether you are a current or prospective OU EDI participant, OU EDI is happy to help with any questions you may have. Please contact us at email@example.com and let us help you start or continue your progress in your economic development professional journey!