Ohio State has been selected to receive an Andrew Heiskell Honorable Mention Award for its Ethiopia One Health initiative in recognition of the growing success of its international partnership with Addis Ababa University, Gondar University and other research and regulatory institutes in Ethiopia. One Health Ethiopia connects Ohio State’s expertise in the seven health science areas and five other academic units with 19 Ethiopian and U.S. institutes to improve health and build capacity in sub-Saharan Africa, and provides mutually beneficial learning opportunities for Ethiopian and Ohio State students.
The Heiskell Awards honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among the 1,400 member campuses of the Institute of International Education (IIE). The winning campuses are notable for their geographic diversity, with campuses in nine U.S. states as well as universities in Ethiopia, South Korea and Russia.
Ohio State students from four Greek councils participated in a Buck-I-SERV service and learning program in the Dominican Republic during winter break. Students from Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Panhellenic Association deepened their academic and intercultural understanding as servant leaders through community engagement. The program focused on the themes of education, service, and the relevancy of these international issues for college students in Greek Life.
Based in the Bateyes, the program supported nomadic Haitian sugar cane working communities. Due to being of Haitian descent, the majority of its inhabitants have been marginalized by Dominican society and have some of the lowest standards of living in the country. From January 2 - 10, students worked on infrastructure rehabilitation, agricultural work with local farmers, health initiatives, and education projects with local children.