OSU Engages February Newsletter

OSU Engages February Newsletter

OSU Engages

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

Engaged Scholarship Faculty Community of Practice - first meeting Feb. 26

The Office of Outreach and Engagement has placed a greater emphasis on the scholarship of engagement over the past year through its grants and awards programs. In an effort to further advance this work and raise its profile at the university, we are forming a Community of Practice (CoP) for Ohio State faculty. If your scholarship is in any way focused on connecting the rich resources of the university to our most pressing social, civic and ethical problems, (from Boyer, 1996, The Scholarship of Engagement), we would invite you to participate in this CoP. The first meeting will take place on Feb. 26 from 10-11:30 a.m.

If you are unsure if this faculty group relates to you and your work, consider the following questions:

  • Are you actively engaged with a community partner (broadly defined) and collaborating with them while relying on your faculty expertise to address a critical issue?
  • Are you actively engaged in scholarship that investigates university-community partnerships, including challenges and/or opportunities within those relationships?
  • Are you wanting to learn more about how you can engage with various communities to help address societal challenges?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you belong in this CoP!

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Engaged Scholar Q&A: Darrell Gray, Joshua Joseph and Timiya Nolan

The community-engaged scholarship of Darrell Gray, Joshua Joseph and Timiya Nolan explores novel strategies, interventions and partnerships to address health disparities among populations made vulnerable by systemic inequity.

As health equity, when everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health possible, is their goal, it is absolutely critical to center the voices and lived experiences of the community, through meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships, in addressing barriers to their health and wellness. They are honored to do that through research, clinical care and advocacy, and to share the importance of community engagement with the next generation of leaders through teaching and mentoring.

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Racial justice community engagement workshops

As part of the Office of Outreach and Engagements commitment to racial justice, the office has prioritized providing trainings and resources to colleges, departments and units that engage our communities. Assistant Vice Provost Nicole Nieto facilitated 12 workshops during autumn semester on topics such as racial justice, social identity and dialogue. Outreach and Engagement is particularly interested in empowering Ohio State's faculty, staff and students to engage with diverse communities in meaningful ways.

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Community Connector Q&A: AJ Johnson

AJ Johnson serves as the coordinator for service and outreach within Student Activities, where she administers local service and civic engagement programming through the Office of Student life. Since joining the Student Activities team in the summer of 2017, she has been able to advise the OSU Votes cohort through both the 2018 midterm and 2020 presidential elections, support and organize multiple single days of service with the Pay It Forward cohort, co-advise three trips to Ghana with Buck-I-SERV and connect hundreds of students to local nonprofits across Columbus.

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Watch the Provost's Discovery Themes Lecture featuring Tressie McMillan Cottom

Award-winning author, researcher, educator, and cultural critic Tressie McMillan Cottom delivered the 2021 Provost's Discovery Themes Lecture and answered audience questions on Jan. 27. You can watch the lecture and Q&A session at the link below.

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Inaugural Sustainability Institute Energy Symposium - Feb. 10-11

The Sustainability Institute invites you to its inaugural energy symposium: Energy Transition and Decarbonization. Join the institute from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 10-11 as they explore the monumental challenges in the needed energy transition, interdisciplinary research at Ohio State to advance sustainability energy, and steps the university is taking to address climate change.

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Call for proposals: Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) seeks proposals for its 2021 conference on Sept.13-15 via virtual format. Proposals are due March 15. The conference will feature panels, presentations, posters, and workshops on best practices for transforming higher education through publicly engaged scholarship, teaching and policy. The 2021 annual meeting will explore the theme of Creating Connections and Expanding Possibilities through an inclusive and engaging virtual conference.

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Request for applications: Kirwan Institute focus on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups in Research

The Kirwan Institute is seeking applications for a new research funding opportunity that focuses (1) on underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (2) who are underserved, disadvantaged, and/or have limited access to essential health, educational, and/or community resources. Applicants may focus on applied, clinical, and/or policy research. Applications are to be submitted by 5 p.m. on Feb. 8.

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2020-21 Service-Learning Course Development Grants application now available

The Office of Service-Learnings S-L Course Development Grants for 2020-2021 are now open. Grants are open to all Ohio State instructors at any campus, for any level of student, and in any mode of delivery. Applications are due Feb. 9.

Learn more and apply

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