OSU Engages December 2022 Newsletter

OSU Engages December Newsletter

OSU Engages

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

Dear Colleagues,

By now, I hope you have had the opportunity to review the Academic Plan that the provost shared with the university community. The Academic Plan framework defines six priority areas that are guiding our work. As you review, I welcome your thoughts as we continue to further articulate our work in the external engagement pillar.

This month, led by Faculty Fellow Valarie Williams, we began meeting with college and unit leaders to discuss the application process for our Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application. This will be an important process as we build a more robust strategy to highlight important and impactful work that each of you are engaged with on a daily basis. As you review this months newsletter, please consider nominating a colleague or submitting your own application for one of the awards.

As we near the end of the semester and the calendar year, I hope you have the opportunity to take time with family and friends. My thanks for all you do to engage with the community and the public and the impact we have with our partners.

Ryan Schmiesing
Senior Vice Provost, External Engagement


Apply now for the University Outreach and Engagement Awards

Ohio State is seeking nominations of programs, scholars and practitioners for the 2023 University Outreach and Engagement Awards, which honor faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement in producing engaged scholarship and community impact. Awards will be given in three categories: High Impact Program, Community Engaged Scholar and Community Engaged Practitioner (for staff). The deadline to apply is January 31.

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Applications open for the annual OSEP awards

In collaboration with Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP), the Office of Academic Affairs has opened a call for grant proposals that align with the universitys sustainability goals; advance diversity, equity and inclusion goals; or provide research opportunities to students who have had limited exposure to undergraduate research and experiential learning opportunities. Submissions are due February 10. Faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply. Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000.

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Engaged Scholar Q&A: Elaine Richardson

Professor Elaine Richardsons work foregrounds critical community-based research, arts and critical literacy pedagogy for social justice. Her goal is to empower historically oppressed and underserved Black people to use language, texts and forms that blur genres and cross fictional and social divides.

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Next STEM Outreach Community of Practice meeting Jan. 26

The Office of Outreach and Engagement invites individuals to come together as a community of practice to share resources, ideas, impact and expertise related to STEM-based outreach and engagement programs, focused on youth, adult and community participants. The overall goal of the community of practice is to provide opportunities for individuals to come together to build collaborations and learn from each other. The next meeting will take place January 26 at 3 p.m. via Zoom.

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Applications open for Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program

Applications are being accepted for the 2023-24 class of the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program. The Schweitzer Fellows Program supports and trains health-focused graduate and professional students in creating and carrying out service projects to address unmet community needs. Fellows partner with an existing community agency in the Columbus or Athens area and have both an academic and a community-based mentor. Applications are due January 23.

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Why housing alone is not enough for some homeless moms

Researchers have found that young moms with a substance use disorder showed less improvement if they were given only housing when compared with similar moms who were given housing and supportive services, or even mothers who were only given a list of community services available to them.

Thats an important finding for organizations and policymakers who have advocated a housing first policy that aims to get the homeless into permanent housing as quickly as possible, said Natasha Slesnick, lead author of the study and professor of human sciences.

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Nominate a commencement speaker

The Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee seeks assistance in identifying future graduation speakers. Students, faculty and staff may nominate candidates via the nomination portal. Speaker criteria and nomination process information are available at the link below. All are encouraged to engage in this proud tradition and nominate speakers to inspire graduates, families, faculty and guests. Nominations must be submitted by January 31.

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Community-Engaged/Service-Learning Course Development Grants

The Office of Service-Learning is pleased to announce the Community-Engaged/Service-Learning Course Development Grants program for the 2022-2023 academic year. These grants of up to $4,000 are available to any Ohio State instructor who would like to develop or improve a community-based course. Applications are due January 22.

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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.

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