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.Learn More
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OSU Engages January Newsletter
Check out the OSU Engages January Newsletter with Engaged Scholar Jason Reece, Community Connector Rebecca Wade-Mdivanian, applications for the Ohio State Energy Partner Awards, and more!Read more
Kirwan Institute Spring Biweekly Forum Series
The Kirwan Institute for the Studey of Race and Ethnicity has announced its Spring 2022 Biweekly Forum Series Schedule. All forums are virtual, free and open to the public. The first forum of the semester, "No Struggle, No Progress: Social Justice Organizing in the 21st Century" with Associate Professor Hasan Jeffries, will take place on Feb. 3 at 11 a.m.Learn more and register
Community-Engaged/Service-Learning Course Development Grants application now open
Instructors are invited to submit applications for the 2022 Course Development Grants. Up to $4,000 is available for the creation or improvement of a community-engaged/service-learning course. Instructors from any Ohio State campus are eligible to apply with a course for any academic level and any mode of delivery. Instructors developing service-learning courses for the new GE are encouraged to apply. Applications are due February 1, 2022.Read more
Safe routes to age in place
Older adult fatalities and serious injuries continue to rise year after year. It is imperative that as the population ages, older adults and other transportation disadvantaged communities are included in transportation planning and funding considerations so that as individuals are no longer able to drive, or no longer interested in driving, they have accessible, affordable and acceptable transportation options in their community.
Amina Allute from the village Mvae in rural Tanzania used to travel miles each day to fetch water with her children. It took hours. Today, she is excited that water is now located close by with a tap right near her home, allowing her to prepare food when it is needed and grow her own vegetable garden for extra income. Mwasauya students carrying buckets of water Mwasauya Secondary school students carrying water from the distribution point constructed at the school compound to the toilets for sanitation and hygiene. This transformation in Aminas life and so many others in her community was made possible by the Water and Development Alliance Entrepreneurship for Resilient Village Water Systems in Tanzania Project (WADA), led by The Ohio State University College of Engineerings Global Water Institute (GWI). As the $2 million-plus project nears completion, the team is hearing back from the people whose lives have been impacted by this transformative project.
Offering sunlight amid the storm
The result of her efforts and others in OSU Extension has led to grant funding for an emergency hotline specifically for the agricultural community and for the recent hiring of OSU Extensions first behavioral health specialist, Bridget Britton. Britton will train Extension employees, rural health care providers, and others in Ohio who work within the agricultural community to know how to direct someone in crisis to help.
Ohio State, University District Organization partner to add full-time social worker to off-campus area
The Ohio State University is working with community partners to bring on a full-time social worker dedicated to helping housing-vulnerable people in the off-campus area. The hiring is one of several university initiatives designed to support the neighborhoods and residents surrounding Ohio States campus.
Community Connectors: Tanya Mathew
As an educator at heart with over two decades of experience with community organizations, in March 2019, Tanya Mathew launched the first Patient & Community Peer Review Academy of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science for the pilot grant program. The original goal was to include trained community members in the peer review process of pilot grant applications. To date, graduates have participated in four pilot review panels. For the upcoming Class of 2021, her vision is to expand the program further with institutional partners, additional roles for community members throughout the research project life cycle and a health equity emphasis.