Getting the perspective of the community on community-engaged research
As land-grant universities such as Ohio State encourage more community-based research by faculty and funders such as the National Science Foundation incentivize more collaboration between researchers and communities, one critical voice in the process is often missing the perspective of the community member. A new study being undertaken by four Ohio State faculty members looks to establish best practices for including the community perspective as they look at how large, land-grant research institutions can build meaningful community relationships while conducting research.Learn More
2020 University Outreach and Engagement Awards announced!
Ohio State's University Outreach and Engagement Awards honor faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement in producing engaged scholarship and community impact. This year 11 awards were given in four categories: Community Engaged Scholar, Community Engaged Program, Community Partner and Community Engaged Champion.View all award recipients!
KX COVID-19 HUB shares research and knowledge from Ohio State directly with Ohioans.
There's a lot of information out there about the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Knowledge Exchange, in partnership with Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and CFAES researchers, created the COVID-19 Hub to share the world-class research and knowledge from The Ohio State University directly with Ohioans.
Our statewide network of scientists, Extension professionals, and faculty have been working together to share information and collect resources that you can use to stay informed. You'll find answers to Frequently Asked Questions on our hub and helpful links.Learn more
Outreach and Engagement funding supports community-engaged scholarship and professional development
The Office of Outreach and Engagement has recently provided more than $130,000 to faculty in support of their community-engaged scholarship and professional development programs that will benefit the community and university. Providing strategic funding to faculty to enhance their efforts in advancing their engaged scholarship will help ensure we are having a direct impact in partnership with our communities, said Ryan Schmiesing, vice provost for Outreach and Engagement. Additionally, by providing professional development opportunities, our faculty and staff are building capacity for members of the community and university.
Helping older adults combat a quarantine
Its Friday morning and volunteers are unloading about 4,000 pounds of food and household items off a Mid-Ohio Foodbank truck parked at the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center (CRC). Its Monday and more volunteers, decked out in face coverings and gloves, are packing necessity bags, which will be delivered to older adults across Franklin County by more volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday.
Med student helping kids understand a crisis
Dont read the YouTube comments, they say. And usually, theyre right. But wading into the comments of Dr. Danny Ropers Coronavirus for Kids video offers gratitude? Maybe even joy? This is fantastic! I learned a lot myself and I will pass on to my students! Great illustrations and a great way for kids to understand! Thank you for this video! I am using this for a health activity with my American kiddos in Daegu, South Korea!
Sharing strategies for rural businesses
When the coronavirus outbreak forced shutdowns throughout Ohio, OSU Extensions community development teams went to work to help businesses throughout the state endure what was to come. In Noble County located in Ohios southeast, rural Appalachian region where 90% of the businesses are small, those on Extensions community development team began with a business survey to determine what the economic impact might look like. We sent it out early to see what people were thinking, what they were feeling, how long owners thought their businesses could stay open, said Gwynn Stewart, the local community development educator. It gave us information on a three-to-five month window to what resources and support we needed to be giving our business owners. It also let people know were here for them.
Our work together
Over the past several months, each of us have witnessed or read about the senseless and horrifying acts that have led to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. My colleagues and I are saddened and angered by these tragic events and we know they are not limited to the recent past. We have seen this time and again in our history and throughout the past 400 years. This must end.