Engaged Scholars: Mary Rodriguez
New American and low-income communities face unique and difficult challenges. Through community engaged scholarship, Assistant Professor of Community Leadership Mary Rodriguez focuses on supporting communities in change processes at the individual, household, and community levels. She says strong, resilient communities are made up of the individuals and their assets, the relationships and bonds between one another, and the organizations and external players that support them.Learn More
Engaged Practitioners Network January 22 Meeting
The Engaged Practitioners Network is a space for those Ohio State staff who are working in spaces of community outreach and engagement. We will provide an opportunity for sharing best practices as well as networking with colleagues across campus. Our goal is to create a community of practice for staff. We hope to amplify collaborations, share best practices and increase professional development opportunities.
Time: Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. on Zoom.Register for the Jan. 22 meeting
Applications are open for the annual OSEP awards
In collaboration with Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP), the Office of Academic Affairs has opened a call for proposals that advance Ohio State priorities and promote interdisciplinary and community collaboration. Awards between $10,000 and $50,000 will be given to select proposals that align with the university's sustainability goals, strategic plan, or initiatives and programs that strengthen the visual and performing arts, humanities disciplines, or the leadership competencies of faculty, staff and/or students. Proposal submissions are due January 29, 2021.Read more
2020-21 Service-Learning Course Development Grants details and application now available
The Office of Service-Learnings S-L Course Development Grants for 2020-2021 are now open. Grants are open to all Ohio State instructors at any campus, for any level of student, and in any mode of delivery. Applications are due Tuesday, February 9, 2021.Learn more and apply
Community engaged learning: Blueprint Columbus and senior capstones
Communities experiencing population, climatic and other major changes are frequently seeking to build green infrastructure to improve the functioning of basic municipal services while also improving the quality of the local environment. Blueprint Columbus is an innovative way of eliminating sanitary sewer overflows while also investing in neighborhoods and the local economy. A partnership with Ohio State through multiple capstone courses has helped the program improve outreach and engagement in Columbus Neighborhoods.
Community Connectors: Jason Cervenec
Jason Cervenec, education and outreach director, wears a few different hats at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, all of which involving engaging with communities. He shares the centers cutting edge science with the general public, helps decision makers understand climate change and its impacts, and educates youth and families about the geosciences and polar regions.
Black Impact 100: A Community Effort to Heal a Community
Dr. Josephs experiences led to his research focus on the health of special populationsspecifically African American men, who have the shortest life expectancy of any racial gender group. At Ohio State and across Columbus, hes connected with others who share his goals and in the summer of 2020 launched a research study called Black Impact 100.
Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program: Tressie McMillan Cottom
Tressie McMillan Cottom is an award-winning author, researcher, educator, and cultural critic whose work has been recognized nationally and internationally for the urgency and depth of her incisive critical analysis of technology, higher education, class, race, and gender.
Community Connectors: Dan Thomas
Throughout his career, Dan Thomas has had the opportunity to engage the community in many facets. Most recently, as the program director of the Bell National Resource Center, he has provided oversight for the center's Scholars Lounge and mentoring program in partnership with Columbus Preparatory School for Boys. The programs are designed to provide professional development and enhance leadership and literacy skills while promoting positive ethnic identity and cultural values.