OSU Engages May 2023 Newsletter

OSU Engages May 2023 Newsletter

OSU Engages

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

Dear Colleagues,

April was an active month for our engaged faculty, staff and students across the university. The Office of Outreach and Engagement held our annual engaged scholarship symposium last month. The symposium provided an opportunity for scholars and community partners to share their experiences co-creating research and forms of artistic expression for community enrichment. We recently announced our 2023 seed grant awardees and look forward to the exciting work to be led by our grantees.

To further elevate the work of our faculty, staff and students we are pursuing two strategic initiatives within the Office of Outreach and Engagement this summer.

Identifying Our Assets: In conjunction with the universitys Carnegie reclassification for community engagement, we will be identifying and documenting Ohio States high impact programs of excellence in engaged scholarship. This assessment will enable us to communicate the impact of our work with community partners and identify areas of strength and expertise to leverage in response to emerging community needs.

Enhanced Professional Development: Our office will launch a new series of enhanced professional development opportunities in the 2023-24 academic year. We will release our schedule of 23-24 professional development sessions later this summer.

I look forward to sharing more information related to these initiatives throughout the summer!

Jason Reece
Vice Provost for Urban Research and
Community Engagement


Community engagement essential to Ohio States land-grant mission, scholars say

Ohio State strives to maintain mutually beneficial relationships with communities throughout Ohio to fulfill its land-grant mission, administrators, faculty and community partners said during the 2023 Engaged Scholarship Symposium.

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Engagement Grant recipients announced

This year 14 proposals were selected for funding through the Outreach and Engagement grants process. More than $250,000 was awarded at a maximum amount of $20,000 to support development of impact reports for programs, performances or exhibits; development of a public policy document or impact report; development or implementation of a program, performance, exhibition, or initiative based upon previous research, assessment, or public input; or enhance or expand a program that extends community access to the university, broadly defined.

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Engaged Scholar Q&A: Susan Melsop

"Through my work with various community partners, I have seen firsthand the transformative impact of engaged scholarship," says Susan Melsop, associate professor in the Department of Design. "Not only does it provide students with valuable learning experiences and skills in the field, but it can help address real-world problems and contribute to positive social change in communities."

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Youth mental health solutions focus of conference

Increasing support systems for youth experiencing mental health challenges will take a concerted effort among parents, educators and community organizations, presenters said during the 2023 African American Behavioral Health Conference. Ohio State and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services hosted the conference in conjunction with the April observance of Minority Health Month.

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Ohio State students honored by Campus Compact

Two students from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were recently recognized for their engagement efforts.

Cassie Mohr has been selected as 2023-24 Newman Civic Fellow. The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes students who stand out for their commitment to creating positive change in communities locally and around the world.

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John Holzaepfel was selected as a Charles J. Ping Student Service Award recipient by Ohio Campus Compact. The Ping Award is designed to recognize and honor undergraduate students for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus and within their community.

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The power of seeing and being seen

Inspired by her professors and personal immigration experience, Mawada Osman, assistant clinical professor in the College of Optometry, provides quality care to disadvantaged community members and teaches her students to treat patients as people first.

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Volunteers needed for Lunch with a Scientist at State Science Day

Ohio State faculty, staff and student volunteers are needed for the Lunch with a Scientist event on May 13 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The lunch is part of the State Science Day Celebration. The lunch is an opportunity for scientists to talk with students in grades 5-12 and their parents about science and STEM fields. To volunteer or learn more, email Angela McMurry from the Ohio Academy of Science at amcmurry@ohiosci.org by May 9.

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Academics news on the go

Stay informed about academics at Ohio State by following the recently launched Office of Academic Affairs LinkedIn page.


Save the date for WestFest: Sept. 30

WestFest is an annual public engagement event that highlights STEM research, sustainability initiatives and outreach programs at The Ohio State University and beyond. WestFest brings together STEM units from across campus and select community partners to present family-friendly activities. This year's event will take place Sept. 30.

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Registration Open: 2023 CUMU Annual Conference

Join the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) for its 2023 annual conference Resilient Campuses. Resilient Cities. in Washington D.C. Oct. 15-18. Presenters and attendees will critically examine how our campuses and cities embrace shared understandings and a commitment to fostering greater resilience across themes important to the future of higher education. Ohio State is a member of CUMU.

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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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