Ohio State Engages May 2024

Ohio State Engages May 2024 Newsletter

Ohio State Engages

Stories and Opportunities for Ohio State's Outreach and Engagement Community


As we close out the spring semester, we are excited to share some of the highlights from our activities in the Office of Outreach and Engagement. We wish to say congratulations again to this years University Outreach and Engagement Award winners and Programs of Excellence in Engaged Scholarship recipients. You can read more about their remarkable work in the newsletter this month.

We want to thank and acknowledge our colleagues at the Newark campus who hosted the spring Roads Scholars Day. Our visit included conversations with community leaders, students and faculty at Newark, an engaging visit to The Works to learn about Newarks industrial heritage and an opportunity to visit Ohios first UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Newark Earthworks Center. Thank you to everyone who joined and supported this springs visit.

We are also excited to announce our Outreach and Engagement seed grant awardees for 2024. Our seed grants this year prioritized several themes including STEAM, housing stability and affordability, youth violence prevention and supporting immigrant/refugee community needs. The work of our 18 grantees this year represents colleagues in eight colleges, the Wexner Medical Center and two of our regional campuses. This years grantees have projects centered in central Ohio and throughout the state. You can read more about this years grantees below.

Congratulations to all for completing spring semester and wishing everyone a productive and rejuvenating summer.


Jason Reece
Vice Provost for Urban Research and
Community Engagement
Office of Academic Affairs

Engaged Scholar Award recipients

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, chancellor calls on land-grant universities to lead at Patterson Lecture

Donde Plowman, chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, wants state flagship universities to seize the moment and take the lead in the national conversation about higher education. She was the guest speaker for Ohio State's 2024 James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture in April.

Learn More About the Patterson Lecture

2024 Outreach and Engagement Grant recipients announced

This year, 18 proposals were selected for funding through the Outreach and Engagement grants process. Grants were awarded at a maximum amount of $15,000 to support development of impact reports for programs, performances or exhibits; development of a public policy document or impact report; development or implementation of a program, performance, exhibition, or initiative based upon previous research, assessment, or public input; or enhance or expand a program that extends community access to the university, broadly defined. Congratulations to this year's grant recipients!

Learn More About the Grant Recipients

The Ohio Prison Education Exchange Program team

Roads Scholars Day visits Ohio State Newark campus, community landmarks

The spring 2024 Roads Scholars Day, held in April by the Office of Outreach and Engagement, highlighted the universitys Newark campus, as well as community organizations and historical landmarks. The semiannual seminar takes faculty, administrators and community partners to an area of Ohio to discuss current and future collaboration.

Learn More About
Roads Scholars Day

First round of Spark grants announced

The Office of Outreach and Engagement has selected the first round of Spark grant recipients. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, Spark grants will be awarded over the next three years to provide seed funding to community-engaged arts projects. These grants will enable arts-driven innovation to flourish across the state, including projects in the rural areas served by the universitys regional campuses.

Learn More About the Spark Grant Recipients

Jamie O'Leary gives a presentation

Community Connector Q&A: Jamie O'Leary

"No matter how much research, data or information we have at our fingertips, there are critical insights from the community that we cannot gain unless we do the work to connect with them," says Jamie O'Leary, associate director of policy and external affairs at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy.

Read Q&A

Awards and Programs of Excellence in the news

Colleges and units across the university have been highlighting the recently named University Outreach and Engagement Award recipients and Programs of Excellence of Excellence in Engaged Scholarship designees. Here are a few of the stories:

Learn More About the Recipients

Roger Williams and students

Kevin McClatchy selected as 2024-25 Artist Laureate

The Ohio State University has selected Kevin McClatchy, associate professor in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts, as its 2024-25 Artist Laureate. He will begin a one-year appointment on July 1, 2024. McClatchy has dedicated much of his creative research at Ohio State to cultivating lasting, positive community engagement and inclusion through the arts.

Learn More About
Kevin McClatchy

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award recipients

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. governments flagship international educational and cultural exchange program, creating connections in a complex and changing world. Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards provide opportunities for faculty as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others to teach, research or conduct a combination of teaching and research. This year seven Ohio State faculty members received U.S. Scholar Awards.

Learn More About the Fulbright Program


Engaged Scholars Graduate Student Community of Practice: May 23

Are you a graduate or professional student interested in sharing your community engagement projects or hearing from others about their projects? Join our community and you can share your engagement work with peers in a supportive environment. You are welcome to join even if you would simply like to hear others share. The session will take place May 23 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Learn More and Register

Register for the SciAccess 2024 Conference

SciAccess is an Ohio State-born 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to advancing disability inclusion and equity in STEM education, outreach and research. At the SciAccess 2024 Conference, you can connect with a global community of educators, scientists, students, disability advocates and industry leaders to discuss best practices in accessible STEM. The conference will be held virtually on May 10-11. Attendance is free and open to the public.


Launch of Scarlet & Grants: Private Funding Opportunities Database

Scarlet & Grants: Private Funding Opportunities Database is designed to provide the Ohio State research community with equitable, ongoing access to private grant funding. This searchable database features 800+ cyclical opportunities that target various domains, career stages and support levels, reflecting the priorities and focus areas of private foundations and corporations. The Office of Foundation Relations curates and maintains the database, driven by a commitment to supporting faculty across all academic units.

Visit Scarlet & Grants

Changes and improvements coming to learning tools ahead of autumn 2024

Between spring and summer semesters, the Office of Technology and Digital Innovation and various tool vendors will make updates and improvements to Ohio States teaching and learning toolset. Explore new features in CarmenCanvas, learn about new proctoring solutions and get excited for improvements to existing tools.

Learn More About the Changes

Find resources, training and support for digital accessibility

Digital accessibility is the practice of making digital information and services such as websites, electronic documents, applications and audio/video files useable by people on different devices with different abilities. Ohio State is committed to digital accessibility and has coordinators for each unit serving as a dedicated resource for faculty, staff, students and visitors. For more information, visit the Digital Accessibility Services website for training and resources and to find your unit's digital accessibility coordinator.

Learn More

Make connections with the Outreach and Engagement listserv

Did you know you can connect with colleagues through the Outreach and Engagement listserv? You can share your work and events, look for partnerships and much more by emailing the list at outreach@lists.osu.edu.

Learn More and Connect

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