Leadership and Civic Engagement Course

The African American Male Leadership and Civic Engagement Course is based on experiential learning.  Students can expect several field (trip) experiences, experts in their field guest speakers, team building projects/activities, no textbooks that have to be purchased, free giveaways, food every class, and challenge and support along the way.

Students will be equipped with how to navigate a PWI, get involved outside the classroom, how to look and thing about research and policy and learn more about their own leadership style and talents.


Course Instructor

patty cunningham ii, phd

Dr. Patricia (Patty) Cunningham II

Dr. Patty is a three-time graduate of OSU, having received her undergraduate degree in Women's Studies (with a minor in Black Studies); a master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs; and, a doctoral degree in Cultural Foundations. Currently, she serves as the Director of the Social Change focused on poverty solutions that houses Buckeye Civic Engagement Connection (this includes five neighborhoods Eastside Buckeye Initiatives, Hilltop, Linden, Weinland Park, and Franklinton). BuckeyeREACH is a partnership with the Department of Youth Services (youth corrections) and adult facilities that she directs students in education programs which the primary goal is to reduce recidivism. She co-advises Unplugging Society: A Woman of Color Think Tank, AEPi Fraternity, and two book clubs, Enigma and WE.

She has been a Bell Fellow with the Bell Resource Center and designed and taught eight different leadership courses at Ohio State. She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Franklin University in the Anthropology and Sociology Department. At the moment, she teaches classes that are interdisciplinary on the subjects of poverty, race, gender, civic engagement and leadership here at Ohio State. Dr. Patty is also the co-principal investigator on the Appalachian Project Ohio.

As a member of the Columbus community, she is a part of the Speakers Bureau that focuses on Human Trafficking for the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition (CORCC).  Dr. Patty is an advisor to the Modern Abolitionist group at Ohio State and sits on the Legislative Committee for CORCC. In the same manner, she has been a ROX facilitator for three years.  She runs the ROX program at the Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls on Bryden Road.  She also is a member of the League of Women Voters.