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 helping teachers obtain a free degree and addressing global hunger through the Challenge of Change Commission 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.

Outreach accolade

Climate action
Ohio State is part of the University Climate Change Coalition, dedicated to helping local communities accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.

Student impact

Student impact
Ohio State has announced the recipients of the 2018 President's Prize, the highest recognition Ohio State bestows on students committed to social change.

“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"

“The mentoring program is one of more than 50 community-service projects in eight neighborhoods — mostly poor and predominantly black — and four corrections facilities that make up the Buckeye Civic Engagement Connection.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education, “'Let's talk about your grades'”

“(At the inaugural Buckeye Summit) More than 600 researchers, students and alumni gathered in Columbus for the day-long dialogue about tackling the issue of food insecurity at home and abroad."

Big Ten Network, "Buckeyes battling food insecurity"

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.