OSU Engages May Newsletter

OSU Engages

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

Engaged Scholar Q&A: Simone Drake

Simone Drakes engaged scholarship takes various forms. It sometimes takes the form of public writing that addresses various social issues pertaining to Black people's lived experiences. Other times it takes the form of organizing symposia, panels, lectures, educational programs, and other events that engage directly with local communities in Columbus.

Most recently, she has been collaborating in the area of medical humanities, working with allied health professionals and physicians on various projects, including research publications, diversity curriculum development, and the collection of African American womens oral histories related to racial health disparities.

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PACT selected to be Ohio States nominee for Magrath and Kellogg Awards

Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT) has been selected to be Ohio States nominee for the 2021 C. Peter Magrath and W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards. PACT earned the nomination through a competitive selection process earlier this year.

PACT is a historic community reinvestment initiative on the Near East Side of Columbus between the City of Columbus, Ohio State and PACTs anchor partner the OSU Wexner Medical Center, and the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. Since its inception, PACT and its partners defined stakeholders as anyone who lives in, works in, worships in, or loves the Near East Side. In 10 years, PACT has transformed an underserved neighborhood in ways no one could have predicted, making it one of the most remarkable public/private success stories in the country.

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Community Engaged Scholarship at Ohio State video

Watch as four of Ohio State faculty members - Nyama McCarthy-Brown, Mary Rodriguez, Susan Melsop and William Miller - share their thoughts on the importance of engaging the community in their research and teaching.

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Improving math education through shared planning and design

When you think of math being taught in a classroom, your first thought might be of a teacher standing in front of a class lecturing students. Ohio State's Math Literacy Initiative is changing that concept by empowering students and teachers to create shared experiences together and take co-ownership of learning outcomes. Using a five-step curricular process originating from the Algebra Project, the Math Literacy Initiative focuses on instructional strategies, content knowledge and classroom culture.

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Community Connector Q&A: Lisa Durham

Lisa Durham is assistant dean of strategic initiatives and community engagement in the College of Social Work, where she works with faculty, staff and other organizations to meet the needs of communities. She also oversees programs that engage the community, such as Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County, in addition to Social Works continuing education, alumni relations, and advocacy programs.

As part of a land-grant institution, we have a responsibility to be in our community, helping to solve problems, not sitting in the ivory tower, she says. We take that obligation seriously and seek to match our faculty and staff expertise to our communities' needs.

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OSU Engages: Celebrating Engaged Scholarship at Ohio State recording now available

If you weren't able to watch on April 13, or if you would like to watch again, the recording of OSU Engages: Celebrating Engaged Scholarship at Ohio State is now available. Thanks again to the amazing engaged scholars - Ramona Denby-Brinson, Darryl Hood and Elisabeth Root - for their impressive dialogue on best practices for engaging the community.

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ESC 2021 Grants Program

Conducting scholarship that is mutually beneficial for the university scholar and for the community is a topic of great interest to members of the Engaged Scholarship Consortium (ESC). The ESC Scholarship Committee has been charged with the role of helping to facilitate this outcome for higher education faculty. In response to this need, a small grants program has been developed. Faculty at ESC Member Institutions may apply for up to $5,000 to fund a one-year project. Applications are due May 7.

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Addiction Innovation Initiative Program seed grant funding opportunity

Applications are being accepted for the Ohio State University Addiction Innovation Initiative Program (AIF) seed grants program. The purpose of the seed grants is to inspire new research and multidisciplinary partnerships to address the addiction crisis in Ohio and beyond. Research should inform the scientific community, practitioners, and policymakers. Applications are due May 15.

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COSI Science Festival May 5-8

Ohio State is proud to partner with COSI in bringing hands-on science to the community at the COSI Science Festival from May 5-8. Check out the schedule of events, including many from Ohio State programs!

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Registration is now open for ESC 2021

The 2021 Engagement Scholarship Consortium conference will take place online, Sept. 13-15. Registration is now open. This years annual meeting will explore the theme of Creating Connections and Expanding Possibilities through an inclusive and engaging virtual conference. Ohio State faculty, staff and students qualify for ESC member pricing.

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