Sign up for the Outreach and Engagement Listserv
Sign up for the Outreach and Engagement listserv to receive our monthly newsletter and hear about more opportunities for Ohio State's Outreach and Engagement Community!Sign up for the listserv!
New Broader Impacts webpage
Be sure to check out a new webpage - "Broader Impacts at The Ohio State University and Beyond" - that includes information and resources around broader impacts for Ohio State faculty and staff, including how to request consultations and workshops.Read more
2022 University Outreach and Engagement Award recipients 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. Congratulations to this year's recipients!Read more
OSU Engages May Newsletter
Check out the OSU Engages May Newsletter featuring the COSI Science Festival, a recap of the Patterson Lecture with President Johnson, the Community Connector Q&A with Charlene Brenner, and more!Read more
Community Connector: Rebecca Wade-Mdivanian
Rebecca Wade-Mdivanian is the director of operations of the Learning in Fitness and Education through Sports (LiFEsports) Initiative, a partnership between the Department of Athletics, College of Social Work, Student Life, and OSU Extension. LiFEsports is a nationally recognized model for sport-based positive youth development. This campus-wide initiative aims to impact the lives of youth by providing free and accessible sport opportunities in communities to address the broader social conditions young people face, especially those exposed to various social and economic vulnerabilities.
Engaged Scholars: Jason Reece
City planning is an applied field, that seeks to create equitable, healthy and sustainable communities. Jason Reece's scholarship seeks to understand ways we can foster a built and social environment which supports an equitable city and healthy communities. More specifically, his work explores how factors such as affordable and healthy housing, safe and healthy neighborhood environments and community engagement can improve outcomes for traditionally marginalized communities.
Helping people without homes
For Morgan Weininger 15, 17 MSW, a typical days work is filled with what she calls street outreach, or canvassing the University District to find people without homes and taking time to talk with them. A full-time licensed independent social worker, Weininger recently was hired to provide dedicated outreach to connect individuals who are homeless to resources and support. Funding for the new position originated from The Ohio State University Task Force on Community Safety and Well-Being, formed by President Kristina M. Johnson in fall 2020.
Best Food Forward shifting paradigm in addressing food insecurity
With food insecurity continuing to impact Ohio State and both rural and urban areas across Ohio, the work of student-founded and led nonprofit Best Food Forward (BFF) to connect students and the greater community to healthy, nutritious food is more critical than ever. BFF's mission and vision for the future were topics of discussion at its recent retreat held December 4. The Board of Directors including alumni-founders Mark Dickerhoof, Corey Keyser and Sara Liang, who returned to campus for the retreat met with current student-leaders to discuss the organization's long-term plans and potential impact. The was the first time in the organization's history that such a gathering occurred, an event the group hopes to continue on an annual basis.
Community Connectors: Connor Jones
Community Connector Q&A: Connor Jones Connor Jones is the program coordinator for the Buck-I-SERV alternative breaks program at Ohio State. During a typical year Buck-I-SERV sends out about 1,000 participants to serve with communities all over the country and the world. He advises the undergraduate Buck-I-SERV Board, selects student trip leaders and participants, and manages trip logistics, among other responsibilities.