MSP Scholar leads social justice movements
Few teenagers can say they have spoken in front of the United Nations, or that they have contacts like Democratic House Rep. Nancy Pelosi, but Kaleab Jegol is no average teenager. Through his work in Women’s March Youth and starting his own nonprofit, Education for Ethiopia, Jegol has had notable success at an early age. From meeting activists like Linda Sarsour and Yara Shahidi, he has helped create a national movement.
MSP Scholar Laila Ujayli receives Rhodes Scholarship
When it comes to finding educational opportunities, Laila Ujaylis philosophy is quite simple: apply for everything period. Laila first applied that philosophy when she applied and was offered a Morrill Scholarship at The Ohio State University. The Morrill Scholarship Program (MSP), housed in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, offers scholarships and educational enrichment opportunities to academically talented students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership, service, and social justice. Ohio States commitment to bringing diverse voices into the Buckeye community is a great testament to the schools priorities, and those are priorities that I also share, which helped make the decision to attend Ohio State very easy.
Morrill Scholar Ginette Rhodes speaks out for social change
Ginette Rhodes aspires to earn her law degree and become a social justice advocate for underserved communities. To do that, she combined a political science major with minors in African American and African studies and legal foundations of society. I have a lot of passions, said Rhodes, a deans list student. Learning about law showed me the different frameworks in society. My minor in African American and African studies really strengthened my ability to think critically.
March for Our Lives
On February 14, 2018, there was a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed. There was public outcry from parents, community leaders, and from students all over the nation. Following the shooting, the surviving students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School raised their voices and challenged the government and the NRA face-to-face in a televised town hall meeting. They called out politicians accepting donations from the NRA, questioned what was going to be done about gun control, and demanded change. But there were many questions dodged and left unanswered.
OUAB Presents: An Evening with Jemele Hill
Hosted by Strategic Communications Professor Jasmine Roberts, this event was focused on sociopolitical issues like race and social activism through Jemeles point of view as both a Black woman and a journalist. Beginning the night, Jemele discussed the struggles of being a part of ESPN, a national source of news, and balancing having her own opinions and representing her company well. This then transitioned into race relations in our modern age.