Learn more about initiatives on diaspora engagement and development when Andrew O’Brien, U.S. Department of State Special Representative, brings the Diaspora Tour to Ohio State on Wednesday, October 1 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the U.S. Bank Conference Theater in the Ohio Union.
O’Brien will present a keynote address and moderate a panel discussion with those from Ohio State and the central Ohio community who have been involved in diaspora initiatives.
Kevin Passino, professor in the College of Engineering, will discuss his involvement in service learning programs with students in Guatemala and Honduras and will provide insight into the important role that engineering plays in developing communities. Hannah Bonacci, a graduate student, will share her passion for improving the lives of at-risk youth and women in Western Africa, her work with service learning programs to Ghana and how she helped found, The Akumanyi Foundation. to help fund development projects. Barbara Pratzner, executive director of Columbus Sister Cities International, will provide insight into the capital city's growing international interests and the importance of community involvement. And, Jibril Mohamed, executive director of SomaliCAN, will address the role of the Somali diaspora community in Columbus, Ohio and its impact on local society and in the Horn of Africa.
Registration to attend the event is recommended.
The International Affairs Faculty Council invites members of the Ohio State scholarly community, who conduct research in international settings, to submit a proposal to participate in the First Annual Symposium on International Scholarship, “The Global Landscape: Challenges and Resilience.”
This symposium is designed to bring together the Ohio State community and other key partners who engage, or share interest, in international research. While the symposium invites faculty and students to submit their research, all members of the campus community are welcome to attend.