OSU Engages December 2023 Newsletter

OSU Engages December 2023 Newsletter

OSU Engages

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


As we approach the end of the semester, we wish everyone a restful and wonderful holiday season. In thinking of the new year, we are excited to share an update on outreach and engagement activities planned for spring semester:

  • In January, our office will start the first community of practice for graduate students interested in engaged scholarship. More details are in the Opportunities section below.
  • As part of our annual awards program, we will launch our Programs of Excellence in Engaged Scholarship for the university community. This new effort will identify multiple high-impact programs that are advancing research or creative expression and also serving the needs of community partners.
  • Finally, our 2024 Outreach and Engagement Grant program will be announced in January.

Be on the lookout for more information on these new opportunities for engagement, recognition and funding in January 2024.

On a somber and reflective note, we want to acknowledge the loss of a great community leader, Roshelle Pate, known around Columbus as The Food Soldier. As the Columbus Dispatch described, she was a military veteran who extended her vision of community service to her civilian life by organizing hundreds of food giveaways and feeding thousands of people across central Ohio for the better part of a decade.

Roshelle was integral as a community partner with Ohio State and the Columbus Free Clinic. We had the privilege to celebrate with her this past October when the Columbus Free Clinic was awarded the regional W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Please take a moment to read more about Roshelles tremendous legacy of community service in the Columbus Dispatch.


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

Faculty and partners at the symposium

Engaged Scholarship Symposium Graduate Student Poster Competition

At the Engaged Scholarship Symposium in November, graduate and professional students from across the university presented posters in the inaugural Graduate Student Poster Competition. In all, 24 posters were presented. During the 45-minute session, students had five minutes to present their research to two judges. The posters have been deposited in Ohio States Knowledge Bank, where they can be viewed. The three finalists from the competition were:

  • First prize: Health Starts at Home: Summer Wellness Program at the Linden Fresh Market; by Annie Chen, Amardeep Mudhar, Lahari Ramagiri, and Lin Abigail Tan, College of Medicine
  • Second prize: Pet Wellness Outreach: A Harm Reduction Model; by Carla Sutton, College of Social Work
  • Third prize: Shallow Geothermal Heat Exchangers: Sustainable Low-Cost Season Extension for Community Farmers; by Jaden Tatum, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
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Richardson recognized by YWCA Columbus in Women of Achievement program

Elaine Richardson, professor of literacy studies in the College of Education and Human Ecology, has been named as one of this years YWCA Women of Achievement. Richardson has dedicated her career to eliminating racism and empowering women through education and community engagement. For nearly four decades, YWCA Columbus has been shining a bright light on the courage and compassion of leaders in our community who embody their commitment to empowering women.

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Nyama McCarthy-Brown leads a dance class

Engaged Scholar Q&A: Shaunta Stanford

"Engaging the community is important because it brings the voices and experiences of the community to the forefront," says Shaunta Stanford, clinical assistant professor of practice and director of the Community Health Worker Training Program in the College of Nursing. "Community members not only provide valuable insight into health and social needs, but they also provide knowledge about assets that aid in the resilience of those neighborhoods."

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Nominations sought for 2024-25 Ohio State Artist Laureate

The Office of Academic Affairs is seeking nominations for the 2024-25 Ohio State Artist Laureate. The program is designed to help the university achieve one of the main goals of its academic plan: to enhance impact through external engagement. The goal is to bring the arts to underserved communities across the state and to engage with those communities in shared experiences that will, ideally, enrich and inform audience and Laureate alike. Nominations are due Feb. 2.

Learn More and Apply

picture of Scott Graves and colleagues

Divided Community Project receives $1.3 million grant

The Divided Community Project (DCP), recipient of a 2023 High Impact Program Award from the Office of Outreach and Engagement, recently received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justices Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The funding DCP received will go toward the development of Ohio State Community-Police Relations resources.

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APLU releases roadmap for advancing publicly engaged scholarship

Seeking to spur the acceleration of publicly engaged research to help tackle vexing challenges facing communities across the globe, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has released the report Modernizing Scholarship for the Public Good: An Action Framework for Public Research Universities.

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Engaged Scholars Graduate Student Community of Practice

The Office of Outreach and Engagement is launching a community of practice tailored exclusively for graduate students immersed in engaged scholarship. This community of practice will provide a space for graduate students to share experiences, insights and resources, and to cultivate a supportive, cross-discipline network. In this collaborative environment, we aim to foster a sense of mutual learning and shared growth. The first meeting is Jan. 19.

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Community-Engaged/Service-Learning Course Development Grants

The Office of Service-Learning is seeking applications for its Community-Engaged/Service-Learning Course Development Grants program. These grants of up to $4,000 are available to any Ohio State instructor who would like to develop or improve a community-engaged course. This includes courses offered at regional campuses and undergraduate- or graduate-level courses. Applications are due Jan. 21.

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Application open for the Schweitzer Fellows Program

The application for the 2024-25 cohort of Columbus-Athens Albert Schweitzer Fellows is now open. The Schweitzer Fellows program supports and trains emerging health-focused graduate and professional students in creating and carrying out service projects to address unmet community needs. Applications are due Feb. 5.

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Presidents Research Excellence program now accepting proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for the Presidents Research Excellence (PRE) program. PRE Catalyst provides up to $200,000 to large cross- and interdisciplinary teams to pursue large-scale, high-impact research that addresses emerging or existing challenges of national and international societal importance, generates long-term, sustained and significant impact, and positions Ohio State as the leader in this area. The deadline for Catalyst concept papers is Jan. 5.

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Cunningham Commitment to Service Award nominations sought

The Association of Staff and Faculty Womens Dr. Patricia Cunningham II Commitment to Service Award recognizes a university employee who impacts the community through dedicated service. The nomination deadline is March 1.

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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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