OSU Engages January Newsletter

OSU Engages January 2021 Newsletter

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Office of Outreach and Engagement

January 2021

OSU Engages

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

Engaged Scholar Q&A: Mary Rodriguez

New American and low-income communities face unique and difficult challenges. Through community engaged scholarship, Assistant Professor of Community Leadership Mary Rodriguez focuses on supporting communities in change processes at the individual, household, and community levels. She says strong, resilient communities are made up of the individuals and their assets, the relationships and bonds between one another, and the organizations and external players that support them.

As a leadership practitioner working in this integrated and multifaceted context, it is essential to work with and support all players in their decision making and problem-solving, Rodriguez says. I therefore strive to develop research-based solutions to build more sustainable and resilient communities through the exploration of behavior change and leadership development.

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Community engaged learning: Blueprint Columbus and senior capstones

Communities experiencing population, climatic and other major changes are frequently seeking to build green infrastructure to both improve the functioning of basic municipal services while also improving the quality of the local environment. Blueprint Columbus is an innovative way of eliminating sanitary sewer overflows while also investing in neighborhoods and the local economy. A partnership with Ohio State through multiple capstone courses has improved outreach and engagement in Columbus Neighborhoods.

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Community Connector Q&A: Jason Cervenec

Jason Cervenec, education and outreach director, wears a few different hats at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, all of which involving engaging with communities. He shares the centers cutting edge science with the general public, helps decision makers understand climate change and its impacts, and educates youth and families about the geosciences and polar regions.

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Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program:
Tressie McMillan Cottom - Jan. 27, 2021

Join Tressie McMillan Cottom on Jan. 27 for the Provost's Discovery Themes Lecture. She is an award-winning author, researcher, educator, and cultural critic whose work has been recognized nationally and internationally for the urgency and depth of her incisive critical analysis of technology, higher education, class, race, and gender. She was recently named a 2020 MacArthur Fellow.

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Engaged Practitioners Network meeting Jan. 22

The Office of Outreach and Engagement invites staff to join colleagues form across the university working in community outreach and engagement at the Jan. 22 meeting of the Engaged Practitioners Network. The goal of the network is to create a community of practice for staff to amplify collaborations, share best practices and increase professional development opportunities.



Black Impact 100: A community effort to heal a community

Joshua Joseph, MD, MPH, never got the chance to meet his grandfathers. He twice watched the woman who taught him his ABCs clutch her chest in the throes of a heart attack. The second time his grandmother left for the hospital, she didnt come back. At just 8 years old, hed already witnessed how often premature death hits the African American community.

Dr. Josephs experiences led to his research focus on the health of special populationsspecifically African American men, who have the shortest life expectancy of any racial gender group. At Ohio State and across Columbus, hes connected with others, including Darrell Gray II, MD, MPH and Timiya Nolan, PhD, APRN-CNP, who share his goals and in the summer of 2020 launched a research study called Black Impact 100.

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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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Applications are open for the annual OSEP awards

In collaboration with Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP), the Office of Academic Affairs has opened a call for proposals that advance Ohio State priorities and promote interdisciplinary and community collaboration. Awards between $10,000 and $50,000 will be given to select proposals that align with the universitys sustainability goals, strategic plan, or initiatives and programs that strengthen the visual and performing arts, humanities disciplines, or the leadership competencies of faculty, staff and/or students. Proposal submissions are due Jan. 29 .

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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.

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