Community engagement

Ohio State solves major problems at home and around the world.

“We can solve critical issues of our time. Our collective efforts can and will transform lives.”
— President Michael V. Drake, MD

Feed the hungry: $15 million in new faculty hiring will address food security, bringing Ohio State’s commitment to this issue to almost $125 million in the next decade.

Team up: Ohio State is working with federal, state and community partners to elevate all members of society — from addressing global hunger to leveraging expertise across the university to fight the opioid crisis to collaborating on an unprecedented initiative to develop model innovative transportation strategies.

Mobilize Buckeye Nation: The 2018 Buckeye Summit focused on creating healthy communities, engaging hundreds of alumni, community leaders, faculty, staff and students to harness the power of Buckeye Nation for change.

Sustainable communities

Sustainable communities
Hundreds of faculty, students, staff and community partners gathered to discuss research, collaborations and resources to build sustainable and resilient communities.

Making a difference

Making a difference
Two graduating seniors are recipients of the President’s Prize, the highest university recognition bestowed on exceptional students committed to social change.

“The Ohio State University was announced this week as the campus partner for the Alliance for the American Dream. Schmidt Futures, a science-focused venture capital firm, is giving Ohio State a $1.5 million grant to develop ideas aimed at increasing economic opportunities for local families.”

WOSU, “Ohio State wins $1.5 million grant for community development”

"'We are determined to create healthier communities throughout the state of Ohio and across the region,' said David McQuaid, CEO for The Ohio State University Health System and chief operating officer for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. 'Through the Healthy State Alliance, we are uniquely positioned for success based on our shared vision of convenient access to differentiated clinical care across the state ...'"

The Dayton Daily News, "Mercy Health, Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center launch new alliance"

“The gardens that will soon be planted in two Columbus neighborhoods are intended to foster community, but they’re not exactly 'community gardens.' In fact, organizers of the project say, the concept is unlike anything seen in the city before.”

The Columbus Dispatch, "Wexner Center partners with Fallen Fruit to grow community"

Alumni and friends: At, find opportunities to give back to Ohio State.
Students: Pay it forward with service opportunities through the Ohio Union.
Engagement support
Faculty: Find grants for outreach and engagement efforts.