OSU Engages March Newsletter

OSU Engages March 2021 Newsletter

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Office of Outreach and Engagement

March 2021

OSU Engages

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

2021 University Outreach and Engagement Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 University Outreach and Engagement Awards! The awards honor faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement in producing engaged scholarship and community impact. This year there were 13 award recipients across four categories: Community Engaged Scholar, Community Partner, Community Engaged Champion and Community Engaged Program.

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Engaged Scholar Q&A: Ayaz Hyder

In Ayaz Hyder's community-engaged scholarship, community refers to the people of Ohio, public health/primary care/social service professionals and organizations and the next generation of public health students. His community-engaged scholarship focuses on developing strategies for community-centered modeling where models/methods/tools are co-created, personalized and made relevant to community needs, and generalizable and scalable to other communities.

By bringing together those who develop the models/tools/methods (e.g., modelers and analysts) and those who use them (e.g., applied epidemiologists, health commissioners, healthcare system leaders) the solutions researched and engineered in his lab are scalable, practical and responsive.

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Application open for Engagement Impact Grants

Grants will be awarded at the maximum amount of $10,000 to support (1) impact report of an existing university sponsored/facilitated outreach and engagement program, performance, exhibition or similar program; (2) impact report of a community-based organization's program for the purpose of establishing a partnership or ongoing relationship; (3) development of a public policy document or report; or (4) support for team to develop a grant proposal or finalize a manuscript for publication submission. The application deadline is April 15, 2021.

Eligibility: Faculty (all ranks and titles) and/or faculty-led teams are eligible to apply.

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OSU Engages: Celebrating Engaged Scholarship at Ohio State

Register now to join us on April 13 at 11 a.m. for a dialogue with engaged scholars as we honor our 2021 University Outreach and Engagement award recipients!

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Join Ohio State's Engaged Scholarship Faculty Community of Practice

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.

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?
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Engaged Practitioners Network Meeting April 9

The next Engaged Practitioners Network meeting will take place on April 9 at 10 a.m. Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement Ryan Schmiesing will be the featured guest speaker. This meetings focus will explore recommendations for staff support through grant opportunities.

The network is for those Ohio State staff who are working in spaces of community outreach and engagement. We will provide an opportunity for sharing best practices as well as networking with colleagues across campus. Our goal is to create a community of practice for staff. We hope to amplify collaborations, share best practices and increase professional development opportunities.

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Community Connector Q&A: Courtney Price

Courtney Price leads the K-12 and community outreach programs for the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center and the Center for Applied Plant Sciences at Ohio State. In this role she works with K-12 students and teachers, the public and Ohio State researchers to promote science engagement. The goal of their outreach program is to showcase the important role plants play in our daily lives, support the inclusion of more plant science in K-12 curriculum, and to make science accessible and fun. For the K-12 audience, her work focuses on creating education resources, visiting schools, hosting field trips and facilitating teacher workshops.

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Engaging Diverse Communities: Creating Foundational Knowledge

Join the Offices of Outreach and Engagement and Service-Learning in a workshop examining impacts of social identity and systemic imbalances of power in engaging diverse communities. This workshop provides a foundational knowledge to participants of key terms and concepts including social identity, bias, privileged identities and targeted identities. The workshop will take place on March 11 at 11 a.m.

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Community engaged land reuse study published in international edited volume

A study led by InFACT faculty affiliates MJ Van Maasakkers and Nancy Bowen-Ellzey, and partially funded by InFACT through an Ohio State Office of Outreach and Engagement Connect and Collaborate grant, has been published in the edited volume Civic Engagement, Community-Based Initiatives and Governance Capacity, An International Perspective (Routledge 2020). The chapter, "Community-Based Initiatives in the Rust Belt: Collaborative Land Use Governance in a Shrinking City," chronicles the experience of rehabilitating a vacant lot in Lima, Ohio, through community partnerships.

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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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Call for nominations: Engagement Scholarship Consortium Awards Program

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) supports and encourages excellence in engaged scholarship through its annual ESC Awards Program. The annual Awards Program recognizes higher education institutions and their exemplary contributions to scholarship and the practice of engaged scholarship. The 2021 ESC Awards of Excellence in Engaged Scholarship will recognize exemplary institutional programs in the following four categories: Student, Faculty, Staff, and Community Partner. The nomination deadline is March 26.

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