Second Annual
ODI Honors Reception

2014 ODI honors reception in Hale Hall

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) held its second Honors Reception on Monday, April 14, 2014 in the MLK Room of Hale Hall. This annual event celebrates the academic excellence and community engagement, the service and leadership, and the resiliency of Ohio State students and staff in promoting diversity.

Nearly 85 people were on hand as a total of 83 awards were presented. Among the highlights was the presentation of the Undergraduate Education Abroad Awards.  Nearly 40 awards were presented to students traveling to a wide-range of countries: Brazil, England, Uganda, Nicaragua, and Jordon, to name a few. Several of the students had their travel generously funded in part by the LINKS – Columbus Chapter and Who’s Who in Black Columbus. There was also broad representation in students’ rank as well as majors represented: from Business to English, Psychology to Criminology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences to Industrial Design.

A special Education Abroad Award, the Charles Hancock Young Scholars Program Travel Abroad Scholarship, was presented to Kenisha Baldeo, an ODI Scholar majoring in biology, who will be in the Francophone Studies Senegal Program. This award was created by Dr. Hancock’s widow Theresa Hancock to honor the memory and service of Dr. Hancock, a former director of the Young Scholars Program.

The Ruth C. Bailey Award for Multicultural Engagement was established by Vincenzo Ferranti in memory of his advisor and mentor, the late Ruth C. Bailey, director of Ohio State’s International Student Services from 1937-1974. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated a significant contribution toward multicultural interaction and understanding. The award was given to Grace L. Johnson, the Director of Study Abroad in the Office on International Affairs, by Dr. Alma Saddam, who was greatly influenced by Miss Bailey.            

Grants were also presented to graduate and professional students for travel or research. These students will use their grants to conduct research in topics such as imagery perspective on stereotype threat, physical activity and sedentary behavior awareness in Hispanic children, and Korean-American adolescents’ ethnic identity with multilingual competence. Other graduate and professional students will utilize their funds to travel to various countries to conduct their research or present papers.

For a full list of awardees, click here.